I was sitting in church this morning listening to a message by our pastor that gave me the gut wrenching conviction that I needed. The sermon was How to Make the Most of a Mess. I have to be honest, my life can be very messy and I most often do not deal with the messiness of life in the right way, at least not my first initial response.
As I was sitting in the chair I felt the weight of my messiness lift as I realized that I was going about it all wrong. My perspective has always been reacting with negative emotions such as anger, frustration, and pity often asking myself why things just can’t ever go right. In the midst of my messiness I often tend to forget the blessings that God has bestowed upon me. My view becomes limited and the wisdom that I think I have from being a child of God vanishes within the confined space of the reality that I have created.
I learned today that we go through messes in our lives as faith tests. Our faith is tested when things aren’t always going as smoothly as we would like. As we go through struggles in our lives no matter the scale, we can learn to lean on God to get us through. It builds our character to be more like Christ. Every mess must be managed with God’s wisdom.
So what does that look like? How to we obtain God’s wisdom to help manage our messy lives?
- We admit that we need God’s wisdom in order to manage our messes
- We ask God for wisdom
- We obey God when He reveals His wisdom to us.
God is a generous gift giver, so if we ask for Him to reveal wisdom to us, He will, it’s just a matter of us acting upon that wisdom once He reveals it to us.
Proverbs 11:2 says Pride leads to disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.
Pride is that three headed monster that always rears it’s ugly head in situations throughout the day with me. How about you? Pride and selfishness is what brings me to my knees during my struggles. It is what brings my negative emotions out and prolongs my misery in my times of struggle. Pride will always bring disgrace, but the answer to bringing us wisdom is in the second half of the verse. Humility…humility will bring wisdom.
We often can think of humility as a very hard thing to grasp and put into practice because we feel that humility is denying our strengths. But as my pastor said in today’s sermon; humility is not about denying our strengths but about acknowledging our weaknesses.
So as we gain humility in our spirits then we are admitting that we need God’s wisdom which covers the first step into managing our lives with God’s wisdom.
The second step is prayer. We should not just pray for God to give us wisdom, but we should pray fervently and confidently for it. God wants to reveal His wisdom to us for us to use as tools to manage the chaos within our lives. Let’s consistently ask for it and ask for it with confidence trusting that God will answer our prayers.
I am a hot mess, and I know that I will continue to have messes come and go in my life as we live in a fallen world, but now I know that with God’s help and a focus on humility, I can help manage it a little better. This will allow me to live a life that truly Glorifies God. It’s going to be hard work and I’m pretty sure I will fail to seek God’s wisdom when going through tough situations, but I am going to try my hardest to live a life with humility.
Each mess is different and has different levels of messiness to them. We get frazzled, frustrated, and angry and we react with not so nice reactions sometimes. I pray that we all call upon our Lord and Savior for wisdom to live in this fallen world.