I have this lovely little devotional book, given to me by a friend after being recommended by a few other friends. It’s Jesus Calling. These short devotions are written as if Jesus is talking to you, and I can’t tell you how many times I have felt like Jesus truly is talking specifically to me in these devotions. Like today. So I’m sharing part of today’s devotion:
“… View problems as opportunities to rely more fully on Me. When you start to feel stressed, let those feelings alert you to your need for Me. Thus, your needs become doorways to deep dependence on Me and increasing intimacy between us. Although self-sufficiency is acclaimed in the world, reliance on Me produces abundant living in My kingdom. Thank Me for the difficulties in your life, since they provide protection from the idolatry of self-reliance.”
The “idolatry of self-reliance” part hits hard.
There are always a few reference verses to go along with the devotion, and today, this one jumped out at me:
“I am the vine; you are the branches. The one who remains in Me and I in him produces much fruit, because you can do nothing without Me.”
There are quite a few things going on in my life right now where I need clear direction and discernment from God, the only source of true wisdom. I’ve been worrying and stressing about these things, to the point of having my weirdly irregular heartbeat thing happening again. Unfortunately, I am stubborn and have to be reminded of this over and over, but the truth is I don’t have to rely upon myself; I simply need Jesus.