In my early years as a Christian hearing all the talk about “end times” caused me to be fearful and downright afraid and I made some huge decisions based entirely upon fear! I had not yet cultivated intimacy with God and am very thankful He was so patient with me.
Today I look at the happenings in life and find much to my surprise, that excitement rises. It rises because I know that trust in God is required of my heart and much to my joy I have been learning that I can trust Him. Faith rises because I can look back a mere two and a half years ago and see how God lead us in a situation we thought might be His will for us.
When we chose obedience and surrender to that (even perceived) will, it was amazing to see how He made the way for us. During those days I wrote in my journal, “it would be a really neat thing to let go of our hold on our life and allow God to have His way and do in our lives what He has planned for us.”
As soon as those words were written there seemed to be a release that took place and circumstances began to change very quickly. He asks each of us to trust Him and we do because He has said He has good plans for us, plans that give us hope for the future.
Hope for the future cancels out all dread and worry. He, the Mighty One able to save has all of our times and seasons of life in His hands. Our first priority should be, must be, to trust the God of Love whose plans for us are good and who spreads out hope before us.
And yet, are we able to still keep our confession of trust and hope and faith, showing love and kindness to one another when things do not go as well as we would like? Jesus was able to do that. It wasn’t just His outward behaviour that pleased His Father, it was the attitude of His heart and obedience came as a result of an inward abandonment to His Father’s care deep within His heart.
Jesus was consistent – not just because He was the perfect sacrifice – but also because He purposed to fall back on and into His Father’s arms.
Falling backwards requires a much higher level of trust and confidence in the person standing behind us than falling forward does. We cannot see the One behind us because we are to walk by faith and not sight.
If we chose to nurture the act by faith, of falling backward into the arms of the Father, if we chose to learn how to abandon ourselves utterly to the King’s care, the question would not be raised in our minds “will He catch me? is He paying attention? is He ready?”
Once we have experienced the passion of His love for us how can we draw back? It is the passion of His love that ensures He will never drop us to the ground but always hold us near His heart.
I believe with all my heart that abandoning ourselves to God is paramount to the practicality of living in a consistent godly manner. For when we live in that place of abandonment we can see bad things happen all around us; we can hear bad news, scary news and know with absolute confidence that a “thousand may fall at our side and ten thousand at our right side but it shall not come near to us because we have chosen to dwell in the secret place of the Most High”. Psalm 91
Abandonment is knowing we can let go of our grasp on life, be free from worries and cares as we trust God to deliver us, cover us with His feathers and that He offers us refuge under His wings. Abandonment grows as we experience His Presence in times of trouble and see His deliverance, His salvation and His mighty love for us.
Besides His amazing love, mercy and compassion, an outstanding attribute that Jesus had is the one we can cultivate in our lives that will give a completely new flavour in our everyday lives.
That attribute is abandonment for it will bless and cover every area of life.
- We will not fear
- We will not grow weary
- We will not lose heart
- We will not worry
- Our love will not grow cold – Instead -
- We will encourage one another
- We will bear one another up in prayer
- We will exercise patience and the fruit of the Spirit because we are choosing to habitually fall into the arms of Love as we abandon ourselves to the care of God, the One who never sleeps or slumbers and has His eye ever upon us.
To “fall back” is to cease from striving, to stop trying to make things happen and begin afresh to obey the commands of our General.
“Fall back” is an order given in war when it looks like defeat is apparent. “Fall back” gives us time to regroup, going forward again in the power of the Spirit and experiencing victory.
“Fall back” and see the salvation of our God.
The questions I leave for you to ponder are these:
- What are some ways you can cultivate a deeper trust in God?
- What are some ways you can prepare your lifestyle so that your trust and confidence in God are deep?
So remember, it’s all about intimacy with God and learning to trust and find rest in His Word.