Have you ever tried to dress a toddler that didn’t want to be dressed?
Or feed one that didn’t want to eat?
Or had one that threw a temper tantrum?
Or ever tried to reason with a terrible-two toddler?
But when that child cooperated, didn’t things go much smoother and quicker?
Yet, that same toddler will run to mom or dad when he or she is frightened, hurt, tired, in need of love, or whatever else is an immediate need.
So many times, that child is you and me, folks.
*As a child, we want to dress ourselves.
We childishly dress ourselves in the world’s garments of lust, greed, or selfishness rather than the Lord’s armor of light or His garment of purity and praise.
“Take off the pleasure robe of night and put on the pure garment of light,” so says Lynn’s version of Romans 13:12b.
Scripture tells us in the New Testament to put on the new man, the whole armor of God, tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering, and most of all, love and Christ.
But are we properly dressed at all times?
Therefore, let the Lord do it!
*As a child, we want to feed on what we want to feed on.
And we hunger for the wrong things. We love the taste of the world’s tidbits of junk food, like envy, jealousy, strife, covetousness, gossip, pride, negativity, unforgiveness, complaining. And wrong TV programs or movies or books. And more.
But the Word says we are to feed spiritually upon the Word and Christ. He said so Himself, “So he who feeds on Me will live because of Me. This is the bread which came down from heaven…He who eats this bread will live forever.” (John 6:57b, 58 NLT)
David said to “feed surely on His faithfulness, and truly you shall be fed.” (Ps. 37:3b Ampc)
Remember, what you feed on, you become like.
Therefore, let Him do it.
*As a child, we have our little terrible-two temper tantrums.
Why? Because things don’t always go our way or the Lord doesn’t respond to our prayer request in the way we think He should.
And as that child, we’re so self-centered that we want to do things our own way. We get that me-do-it attitude when we think God is too slow in answering us. Forgetting the Lord’s way is best.
If Jesus compared the Kingdom to sowing and reaping, then we cannot expect to receive the fruitful answers to the prayers we have sown before they have ripened. Fruit cannot be picked when it is green and neither can prayers. Everything is contingent upon God’s timing and our obedience.
You cannot force open a cocoon before the caterpillar has finished its transformation into a butterfly. It will be deformed or die. When we manipulate the hands of the clock to align with our own agenda, we destroy the beauty that emerges out of God’s timing.
Therefore, let Him do it. Let Him do what’s best.
*As a child, we want to think and understand for ourselves.
Paul said, “When I was a child, I spoke and thought and reasoned as a child. But when I grew up, I put away childish things.” (1 Cor. 13:11 NLT)
But do we? Do we trust the Lord with all our heart and lean on His understanding, so that He will direct our path?
And as that toddler, we will run to the Father when our heart aches, when we’re frightened, hurt, tired, in need of love, or whatever else is an immediate need in our life.
God desires His children to cooperate with Him, so that things will go much smoother and quicker.
So, relax. Let go.
Let Him do it!
Blessings of the Lord’s doing to you…Lynn