Jill Jarrell Newsome
Faith Is Living Without Scheming
None of us like to be around someone who schemes because we do not trust them because they always have an agenda. I thought about this as I read 1 Samuel chapter 20. I found myself wanting to judge David but then I realized I do the same thing.
In the midst of all we have going on in life we quit trusting God and start scheming. When life is too hard, we feel defeated, exhausted and we think we are in charge. Isaiah 43:19, "See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland." Isaiah had been speaking to the nation of Israel, reminding them of God’s miraculous deliverance in the past. Like us, they had forgotten.
Psalm 46: 10, "Be still, and know that I am God..." I never realized the Hebrew word translated from "be still" actually means "take your hands off." I love this. God tells us, "Take your hands off, and let Me do it! Quit manipulating, controlling and scheming!" The Lord has not and will not forsake us. Hebrews 13: 5, "God has said, 'Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.'” We are going to go through the wilderness but we will not be alone. If we watch we will see streams spring up! This is how God sanctifies us. His mercy and grace is sufficient.
Thank God for the hard times because when we are weak we are made strong. 2 Corinthians 12:9-10, "But he said to me, 'My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.' Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.'" God's Word also assures us that He will complete that work in us. Philippians 1:6, "...being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus."
Faith is living without scheming.