It’s not easy to determine how much we should bring God into our daily lives. It is not always clear how much God is already doing in our daily lives.
Some believe that everything is God’s will. That every action, experience, and event exists under the theology umbrella of God is in control. That nothing I think, feel, or do is outside his purpose. For example–if I put on light brown socks, then God willed that I did so. Everything is God’s will because God willed it to happen.
Others hold to a broader belief that God imbues us with free will. For example–it doesn’t matter to God what color of socks I wear. He has given that choice to me, and no action of the Spirit will influence my sock decision.
The middle ground might be that every thought and behavior can be divinely influenced by engaging the Father in every decision. For example–before getting dressed, I ask the Father to guide me in my sock decision. The Lord may not care about my sock color, but maybe it pleases him that I asked.
Must each of us decide how much divine input will permeate our daily lives?
Things For Which We Seek Divine Help
- When we, or someone we know, is sick
- Concerns about family, especially one of the kids
- Job situations, unemployment, or changing jobs
- Significant decisions that give us anxiety
- Extreme financial difficulties
Things For Which We Typically Don’t
- Sock colors
- Where to eat lunch
- Buying new jeans
- Watching the Texans or the Cowboys
- Cream or no cream in our coffee
I am aware. There is an odd overabundance of sock references in this blog. Maybe I should have prayed about it? (Sorry, I couldn’t help it.)
Each of us chooses how much we include God in daily life. Or, put another way, how much we involve Him in our daily decisions. Will it be a lot, or not?
If you are like me, then you have sometimes struggled with the freedom that God provides. Over the years, I have developed a “spiritual self-reliance.” Have you also? It is something like this: I know God and love him and acknowledge that he is essential, but by and large, I go about each day within my “spiritual” self-sufficiency, a morally based self-reliance. Or is that a contradiction in terms? Doesn’t scripture say that it is not within a man to direct his own steps?
It’s as if I am saying, “God, I’ve got this, I can handle the sock color, the lunch location, and the football game. But if something vital comes along, then I will be in touch, and if it is something scary, then I will definitely be talking with you, I guarantee it.” Sound familiar?
Once again, as I opened the blog, it’s not easy to determine how much we should bring God into our lives. It’s not always clear just how much God is already doing in our lives.
But I’ll leave you with Philippians 4:4-7, 13
“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. and the peace of God which transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. I can do everything through him who gives me strength.”
Embedded within those verses is the freedom to choose my socks and the encouragement to have a total God dependency in my life, and to expereince jubilant joy while doing so.