C.S. Lewis wrote, “Relying on God has to begin all over again every day as if nothing had yet been done.”
What are you relying on God for today? Have you told Him?
It’s almost as if we forget that truth and start relying on other things in our lives or turning to ourselves. I believe sometimes God allows things to go crazy in our lives to remind us that we need to rely on Him and not on ourselves or substances or our possessions. He can break us down to the point where we have nothing else to turn to except Him. It would be so much better for us if we began every day talking with God about the areas where we think we will need to rely upon Him.
In 2 Corinthians 1:9 Paul said, “Indeed, we felt that we had received the sentence of death. But that was to make us rely not on ourselves but on God who raises the dead.”
I think Lewis is right in what he says about the fact that we can fool ourselves into thinking we are relying on God and we are really relying upon ourselves. We have a dream or a plan for our lives and we just assume God sees it the same way we do! “Of course He does” we tell ourselves. We fool ourselves into thinking we are relying on Him and we are really trusting in our own plans and dreams and saying we are trusting God to bring about those plans.
There’s a difference between trusting in God’s power and in God’s will for your life. Before we come up with a plan and a dream for our lives, we need to ask God, “Lord, what is YOUR will for my life? Take me to the place in my life where you want me to be. Help me God to rely upon you for what YOU want in my life.”
We can also look ahead to our schedule each day and say, “Lord I am relying on you today for wisdom, leading in what to say or what not to say in this or that situation. I am relying on you to help me resist this or that temptation. I am relying upon you to give me strength and calm my nerves in what is going to be a stressful day. Help me to sense your peace and presence.” And then pray that very same thing tomorrow! Rely on Him tomorrow once you get there.