My self-reliance and independence are glaringly apparent when I am faced with unexpected news that I would really like to change… but cannot. It’s in these situations I am brought face to face with my sin.
I could do nothing for myself to save me from the wrath of God for my sin, but God could… and did! So why, if I was completely dependent on His mercy and grace to save me from Hell and to God, do I keep reverting back to self-sovereignty (an oxymoron if there ever was one ) rather than blessed submission to the Eternal King of kings and Lord of lords… Jesus Christ?
I know… pretty foolish, isn’t it?!
So, unexpected news… circumstances beyond our control… everyday living (in fact), must be “carefully” (Joshua 1:8-9) submitted to God… moment by moment (yes, I need to do it that much/often).
I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. Galatians 2:20
Put off… and put on…
But that is not the way you learned Christ!— assuming that you have heard about him and were taught in him, as the truth is in Jesus, to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness. Ephesians 4:20-24
and set your mind…
If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. Col 3:1-4
and then rejoice always with your hope resting fully in God.