Trusting Him Like a Child

Philippians 4:19  “And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus. “

The Holy Bible : New International Version. electronic ed. Grand Rapids : Zondervan, 1996, c1984, S. Php 4:19
This is the memory verse Kay suggests with name Jehovah-jirah.  I have been pondering this verse and this name over the past week.  And as I have, God has used Janie Lou to teach me what it means to believe in this verse and live it out.  JL is now 2 1/2 months old, and {PRAISE THE LORD} she slept EIGHT hours in a row last night!  We are so excited!  But it is not the sleeping through the night that God has used to teach me about Himself.  Rather it is the waking up hours that have taught me about trust.
When JL wakes up at 4 or 5 in the morning, she is all alone in her crib, and she is hungry.  She uses the full capacity of her lungs to make us aware of her need for food.  But as soon as I walk in her room and say, “Mommy’s here.” She stops crying.  At that point I pick her up, we go downstairs, and I make her a bottle which takes about five minutes to make and warm-up.  During this time she has her pacifer, and she never cries.  She has learned from experience that every day when I go in her room, I pick her up and feed her.  I have met her needs in the past, and she trusts that I will do it again today. 
As I’ve watched this phenomenon take place over the past month or so, she has challeneged my faith.  I’ve thought about how often I have cried out to God with my requests and then kept crying and crying and crying as I worried about how He would respond to my request.  Rather than crying out to God and then trusting Him to provide me with what I need. 
Now, I am not saying that we shouldn’t continually present our requests to God or continue to pray for the same thing over and over.  What I am saying is have a little faith in the prayers you are praying and the God to whom you are praying them! 
Jesus reminds us in Matthew 6 not to worry.  And earlier in chapter 4 of Philippians, Paul addresses the anxiety we often feel in our lives. 
4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

The Holy Bible : New International Version. electronic ed. Grand Rapids : Zondervan, 1996, c1984, S. Php 4:4-7
And then he goes on to tell us, rather than fixate on the problem we need God to solve, think about things that are
                                      praiseworthy.                                (Philippians 4:8)
Paul explains that as we present our requests to God we should be overwhelmed with peace rather than anxiety.  However, rather than trusting this method, and trusting God, I am more prone to present my request to God, even lay all of my burdens at His feet while I pray.  And then pick them back up and carry them with me the rest of the day.  What about you?  Do you experience peace after you present your requests to God?  Or do you continue to be anxious about them?
God has been teaching me to continually present my requests to Him without continually worrying about the requests I am making.  For example, two weeks from today JL will go into surgery to have her right kidney removed.  We have known for a couple weeks that this would happen and we have a couple more weeks to wait.  So I have a choice.  I can sit around and worry about the surgery and about her health and recovery, or I can present my requests regarding the surgery to God, and then trust that He will meet her needs!  That is much easier said than done, but as I have continued to focus and think on things that are true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent and praiseworthy, my mind has had little time to wonder into the “what-if” realm.  It is amazing to experience the peace that God promises when we trust Him.
Today I am challenging myself to think on the things listed in Philippians 4:8.  As I lay my requests down at Jesus’ feet I am making a consious choice to leave them there rather than picking them back up and carrying them with me through my day.  I, like JL, will cry out to God and then trust as I wait or His response.   Will you do the same?
Reflection Questions:
Why is it difficult to leave our requests at the feet of Jesus? 
When God doesn’t give you the answer you want immediately how do you typically respond?
What is one thing you can do TODAY to build your trust in God?
How will you live that out each day after today?
God is able to meet all of your needs. 
What are you most in need of today?  Do you believe God is able and willing to meet that need?
If you have a story about how God met a specific need I’d love for you to share it, and let it be a testimony to encourage others.  Thanks for joining me on this journey.  I appreicate each of you!

I've been a follower of Jesus for over 30 years, and have been teaching God's Word to students and women for nearly 20 years! God has brought me through some difficult chapters in my own life, and now my passion is equipping women like you with tools to embrace your own unexpected chapters in life with grace and truth.

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