Why is it we suffer alone? Why do we struggle our way through life entirely more than is necessary? Really, why are you here today, silently battling whatever you’re battling, thinking this is just the way it’s going to be for you?
Girls, we are entirely too quick to make peace with our problem and settle into an existence that is far short of what God has available for us. And I believe it’s time for that to change.
Today, God led me to a very direct question for us each to consider. Now this isn’t a surface level, check the box and be done with it kind of question, rather, it’s a let God get deep in your mind and your heart and reveal to you what might me off. Here’s the question: Have you really sought God for this?
Yes, this. This problem. This thing you’re struggling with. This decision that needs to be made. This thing that doesn’t seem to be working for you. This change you’ve been seeking, but change that hasn’t happened yet. Are you genuinely, wholeheartedly, and persistently seeking God in this?
Or have you been trying to do this on your own? Have you dismissed your life and your struggles as too insignificant for a great big, powerful God? Have you assumed because it’s always been this way, that it will continue to always be this way and it’s just your lot in life? Well, what if it could be different?
I mean, what if you grew up poor and you continue to be poor so it’s what you know, now you assume money will always be a burden for you and living paycheck to paycheck is your destiny. But wait, your Daddy is referred to as the owner of the cattle on a thousand hills, and he also says all that he has is yours. Let me tell you exactly what those 2 scriptures mean. When God says he’s the owner of the cattle on a thousand hills in Psalm 50:10, he’s telling us he made it all and it all belongs to him. Everything is his. His resources are unlimited. And these unlimited resources which are all in his hands, he willingly offers to his children. When Jesus says, “All I have is yours” in John 17:10, his generous hands are open.
My sister, Jesus’ generous hands are open to YOU. Did you know that?
What if you’re stuck in indecision, without a clear direction on where to go and what to do next? You want to do what is right, but you’re just not sure of what is actually right. You’re so afraid of screwing this up that you’ve sat here and gotten stuck. Well, Sis, did you know this entire time you’ve had direct access to the one who knows exactly what to do next?
God says in Isaiah 55:9 “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” He knows what you don’t know, and he has the power to move any mountain in the way for you. And Jesus says in James 4:2 “You do not have because you do not ask God.”
Girl, it’s time to ask God. And not passively. No, it’s time to boldly ask. Again and again and again. Cry out to him and tell him exactly what you want and need. Stop settling for the way things have always been, your God is bigger than that!
God is calling you out of the corner where you’ve been hiding in your silent struggle. He’s calling you out of the shame of the problem you don’t talk about. He’s calling you out of the limited thinking you’ve been stuck in.
This morning, God led me to the story of Jesus healing a blind man, and he showed me something very specific to share with you. The story is in Luke 18: 35-43:
“As Jesus approached Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging. When he heard the crowd going by, he asked what was happening. They told him, “Jesus of Nazareth is passing by.”
He called out, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!
Those who led the way rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”
Jesus stopped and ordered the man to be brought to him. When he came near, Jesus asked him, “What do you want me to do for you?”
“Lord, I want to see,” he replied.
Jesus said to him, “Receive your sight; your faith has healed you.” Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus, praising God. When all the people saw it, they also praised God.
This man couldn’t be hushed. He knew Jesus was passing by and he knew He was the One who could change his life. When everyone told him to be quiet, he shouted all the more, “Jesus, have mercy on me!”
And how did Jesus respond to the man everyone else tried to hush? He met him. He came close to him, and he simply asked, “What do you want me to do for you?”
Honey, what do you want Jesus to do for you today? You have his attention. He is here. Why aren’t you asking him?
He has the power to heal. He has the power to restore. He has the power to change this. He has the power to make old things new again. He has the power to create your breakthrough. And here he is, close to you today, able to hear anything you want to say to him, and he says, “What do you want me to do for you?”
Stop dismissing your problem from the power of God. Stop hoarding all your struggles as if you’re the only one who can fix them. Stop settling for how things are when they’re not how you want them to be. What do you really want Jesus to do for you?
I have been hiding a little struggle. It’s something I’ve been working on, trying to change and improve. And honestly, I seem to be going backwards instead of forwards. In the grand scheme of things, it’s rather small and doesn’t seem worthy of busying God with my concerns, so I put it on my shoulders and carry it around myself.
And this morning, it was like a light bulb moment in realizing how incredibly stupid that really is. Why am I trying to do this on my own? Why am I sitting here struggling on my own when the one who can help me most is right here? Why do I have God in my little box, limiting what he would care about or be willing to extend his power over?
Maybe you’re the same. Maybe it’s all those little things you’re carrying around, thinking they’re too insignificant to present to God, but the truth is, those little things have been piling up and you’re tired. Honey, God cares about those little things. He’s not too busy to attend to your little thing. Let him out of the box of your qualifications.
Or maybe you’re carrying around a really big, heavy thing, and because God has never changed it before, you’ve assumed it’s always going to be this way. You’ve attached this burden, this problem, this ailment, this struggle, to your identity and resolved to make peace with something that really brings you no peace. Would God be upset with you for asking again? No, I think not.
Jesus wasn’t upset by this blind man who was persistent in calling out to him when everyone told him to hush. No, he was drawn to him. Who is this man who can’t be quieted? Who is this man who believes in me so much he is willing to make a scene and yell out? Who is this man, bring him to me!
Make a scene, Sis. Call out to God persistently. Lord, have mercy on me! I don’t want this to continue on. I need this to change. I can’t do this on my own. Jesus, I’m reaching for you!!!!
And to you he says, “What do you want me to do?”
Tell him. What do you want him to do for you? Really, stop holding back, stop trying to do this on your own, stop assuming he’s too busy to care about your seemingly little things, and stop assuming he can’t or won’t do the big things for you. Tell him what you want him to do!
Call God on over and talk to him about what you want him to do. He has time for you. Remember, time is different in God’s hands. He holds it all, so there’s never a shortage of time. If God responds to a tiny mustard seed of faith, I’m pretty sure that means he also responds to a mustard seed of problems too.
Talk to him about your toe that hurts. Talk to him about your sugar cravings. Talk to him about your angry mouth that’s been yelling more than you would like to admit. Talk to him about your habit of oversleeping. Talk to him about your rent. Talk to him about the shopping you’ve been hiding. Talk to him about the conversations you know you shouldn’t be in.
Yes, he has time for that! What do you want him to do for you?
And talk to him about that big stuff that you have placed squarely in the impossible, too late, too much, too far gone category. Talk to him about your marriage. Talk to him about your addiction. Talk to him about your loneliness. Talk to him about your financial crapfest. Talk to him about the monkeys in your circus. Talk to him about that diagnosis. Talk to him about the thing that has never changed before.
Yes, he has power over that! What do you want him to do for you?