Updated: May 8, 2020
One of the most frustrating, never ending notifications is the “not enough storage” message that pops up on my iPhone. You know what I’m talking about. The virtual heads up that somehow conveniently splashes across the screen at the same time you’re snapping a picture.
The other day, that daunting alert greeted my phone and this phrase caught my eye: “you can manage your storage in Settings.”
I often find myself trying to “manage” or be the ringleader of my life. Sometimes I unknowingly trick myself into believing I’m pretty good at executing life in my own. An independent spirit does that.
Quickly after getting that message on my phone, a thought came to mind that hit me like Von Miller laying out a quarterback in the fourth quarter with 30 seconds left on the clock—I don’t want to “manage” life on my own.
An independent spirit is often recognized by not needing to rely on others. To a degree this is helpful. But for me, sometimes it leads me down avenues where I subconsciously embrace an “I got this by myself” attitude that attempts to exclude God.
The irony is that when I metaphorically “pull myself up by my bootstraps,” it leaves me depleted and exhausted, feeling like I don’t have “enough storage,” and I’m left wondering why. Maybe you can relate.
Time and time again, God sweetly reminds me that unlike our phones, we weren’t created to “manage” life alone. I’m one of God’s stubborn kids, so I get this reminder a lot.
God didn’t design us to live independently from Him. Instead, God invites us into daily partnership with Him. Part of that is relying on God's promises! God's promises will never expire, are always accomplished, and continually kept.
Psalm 1:3 says, “That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither—whatever they do prospers.”
When we cling to the promises of God, we are like the person illustrated by the psalmist—growing and thriving!
In a way, we’re already planted inside of our homes. Have you ever thought about planting yourself firmly in the promises of God? Imagine what life could look like if you did!
Here are four promises to give you renewed hope and confidence amidst the chaos.
GOD IS ALWAYS WITH YOU
“Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” (Isaiah 41:10)
When we are uneasy, God encourages us not to be downtrodden because He is with us! He will build us up, come to our aid, and protect us.
GOD WILL NEVER LEAVE YOU
“The LORD is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. Those who know your name trust in you, for you, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek you.” (Psalm 9:9-10)
When we trust in God and seek after Him, He reminds us that He’s never left our side.
GOD GIVES WISDOM ABUNDANTLY
“If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” (James 1:5)
God is both the supplier and generous lender of all wisdom, we only need to ask in faith!
GOD HAS A PLAN
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28)
We can find comfort that God is actively working behind the scenes in all things. When our plans don't work out we can be confident that God has a plan that will prevail. That doesn't always mean the result will be how we imagined, but it will be for our benefit, even if it’s unseen right now.
The easiest way to find most of God’s promises is to spot out words like “will” or “shall”, or descriptions specific to God's unchanging character. When promises have “if” in the verse, there is action to take on our part. For example, James 1:5 tells us that God gives wisdom IF we ask. God's promises have much more to say about who He is than about a specific circumstance or outcome.
Consider finding one promise from the Bible that encourages you today and put it in the comments below!
I’m thankful that we don’t have to manage life on our own, instead we get to be planted in the promises of Scripture and rest in the One who makes and keeps them, even in the chaos.
Discuss these questions with a friend or spiritual leader to help apply today's reading:
What area of your life are you most likely to try to manage on your own?
Which promise do you need to remind yourself of most right now?
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