Life is filled with crazy, complicated moments.
It might be the challenge of getting to work on time, to balancing a budget.
It could be the unexpected loss of a dear loved one to the prayer request from a
hurting friend. In the midst of all the interruptions and hurdles, we can take heart, because God on our side and He will help us overcome.
I’ve told you all this so that trusting me, you will be unshakable and assured, deeply at peace. In this godless world you will continue to experience difficulties. But take heart! I’ve conquered the world.—John 16:33 MSG
Jesus causes our joy to overflow (see John 15:11). He came that we might have and enjoy life (see John 10:10), but there are daily interruptions that want to steal our joy and keep us weighed down with frustration and feelings of helplessness.
With God’s help we approach the complications of life with a determined purpose to not let all it distract us away from His divine plan for our lives. It is all about perspective.
We can allow ourselves get weighed down or we can give our burdens to God. He promises to not allow us to slip or fail (see Psalm 55:22).
I want you to live as free of complications as possible… I’m trying to be helpful and make it as easy as possible for you, not make things harder.
All I want is for you to be able to develop a way of life in which you can spend plenty of time together with the Master without a lot of distractions. —
1 Corinthians 7:32-35 MSG
Living a life of Simplicity
Simplicity is the key when life gets complicated and crazy. Part of the definition of simplicity is “not complex or complicated; sincere.”
Simple living involves leading a calm and peaceful life (see 1 Thessalonians 4:11). It means removing the noise and clutter that threatens to rob us of our peace. It means not allowing fearful thoughts and the frantic pace of the world around us to pull us in and away from God.
That perspective of allowing God’s peace to settle our heart and mind gives us the assurance needed that He is the way maker even in the midst of chaos and uncertainty.
Simple prayer is talking to God anytime. You don’t need to bother with trying to impress Him with eloquent prayers that aren’t really from your heart. All He wants is that we are having a conversation with Him.
It is a two way-street. He wants us to learn to listen for His voice and this requires stillness on our part. Sometimes it means breaking away from the demands of life so we can find a quiet place to hear His inward witness.
That’s why I urge you to pray for absolutely everything, ranging from small to large. Include everything as you embrace this God-life, and you’ll get God’s everything.—Mark 11:23 MSG
When life gets crazy, we can be encouraged God is there, ready to help.
We can be fearless no matter what.