“But when faced with the reality that God wants more than twenty minutes of my day or a day of the week, the foundation I stood on was shaken. . . . In order to love God at all, I must give him my all.” -Seun Otukpe
The loss of a loved one. Divorce. Natural disaster. Cancer diagnosis. . . . The list could go on and on regarding events that cause pain and anguish in our lives. It’s in the immediate aftermath of these events that we become susceptible to wallowing in our fears and pain, and ultimately become particularly vulnerable to Satan’s lie that we are alone and that we must carry the burden on our own. We put validity behind this lie of Satan by believing that giving God everything is equivalent to giving him one day of the week, or even twenty minutes every day. In essence, we put God in a box and believe that “school, love, family, friendships, food, and even pain” are our responsibility (Seun Otukpe in “Give It to God”). When in reality, God wants us to trust Him in the midst of our pain, to deliver us from our pain in His timing, and in every other aspect of our lives.
But how do we show we trust Him with these things? Even before that, how do we build this trust? Prayer. Philippians 4:6-8 (ESV) says it this way:
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.
The words of Vaneetha Rendall help to further express what “prayer” means with regard to building trust in the Lord to deliver you from despair . . . “And when I [say] pray, I don’t mean a rote recitation of requests and mindless words. I mean really praying. Speaking to God as honestly as I would a friend. Praying through a Psalm. Desperately crying out to him. Asking him for specific help. Expecting him to answer.” It is this type of prayer and communion with the Lord that builds our trust in Him and ultimately transforms us.
So I challenge you, don’t (intentionally or unintentionally) put God in a box by believing some aspects of your life are meant for you to deal with alone, while others are for Him. ALL aspects of your life are His as “every square inch of this universe exists under his sovereignty.” Check out Seun Otukpe’s full article here.