We are constantly communicating to God. Even when we think we are not saying anything, we are speaking volumes to the Father. For example, when we obey God, we tell Him we love Him. When we spend time with Him on a daily basis, we tell him we value Him. When we ignore the promptings of the Holy Spirit, we tell Him our agenda is more important than His agenda.
Likewise, when you get upset about your circumstances, you communicate to Him as well. There are so many things that happen on a day to day basis to get upset about. Joyce Meyer says that “the devil sets us up to get upset.” However, when you stay peaceful in the midst of difficult circumstances and refuse to get upset, you communicate the following to God:
1. “I believe You are in complete control of my situation.” If God is in control, He is orchestrating your circumstances. Even if they are unpleasant, He has a purpose and a plan for them. Therefore, remember that God is trying to impact your life through what you are experiencing. If you forget that, your negative emotional state will surely escalate.
2. “I trust You wholeheartedly.” If you can just maintain a peaceful state in spite of what is going on in your life, that’s the one of the most significant ways that you can communicate to God that you trust Him. Trust means you believe that He is taking care of the situation. You trust Him to work the situation out. You trust that He has your best interest at heart and a positive outcome is destined to ensue in spite of what you see in the natural. Therefore, remember how trustworthy God is and that will help you to refrain from getting upset.
3. “I yield to Your will and Your timing. “ If you allow the devil to get you upset because things aren’t going your way, as Jesus told the apostle Paul, “It is hard for thee to kick against the pricks” (Acts 9:5). You are fighting against His will and His timing. Your negative behavior and emotions tell Him, “I want my way, not Your way.” You communicate, “My way/timing is better than Yours.” However, when we catch ourselves and make an effort to maintain our peace, we defer to God’s wisdom and sovereignty.
I don’t know about you, but I want to tell God something good. Therefore, let’s make an effort to have our attitudes and actions speak loudly and relay that we understand that He’s sovereign, we trust Him, and we yield to whatever He wants to do, whenever He wants to do it. He needs to hear that His will and desires trump our own will and our desires. If that is true, then we must avoid getting upset at all costs and work diligently to maintain our peace. That’s the best way to communicate to God in a loving way how much He is reverenced and appreciated.
I must admit, I am not completely there yet. I have some work to do. I want to continue, however, to do what is necessary to grow to new levels in my faith so that I don’t keep falling for the devil’s ploy to get me upset. I labor to enter into the rest of God so that He receives a communication of my faith and trust, not my lack of faith and mistrust. What do you want to say to God today?
How do you maintain your peace and keep positive communication flowing toward God? Leave a comment below.