Relying on God.

"Relying on God has to begin all over again everyday 
as if nothing had yet been done."
- C.S. Lewis

How easy is it, honestly, for us to fall into complacency from time to time?  To go through the daily grind without a need or desire to pray, without reflecting on Christ's sacrifice, without the mention of His name?  How easy it can be to forget the goodness of our Almighty God.  I have the feeling that I am not alone in this.

Our lives are busy, almost too full of things to do.  And in that busyness of our lives is when we lose sight of the Creator.  We forget that we have only been given this day by His grace; that we are able to move and breathe and live freely only because of His love poured out for us.  We would have nothing and be nothing without Him calling us as His own.

Which is exactly why every single day, from the moment we wake up to the moment we fall asleep, we must seek Him and trust Him.  We must rely on Him for everything as if nothing is ours, because it really isn't anyway.  We are only stewards on earth, our temporary home, of His love, mercy, and grace.  Stewards of the talents, times, and treasures He entrusts to us.

And what is reliance?  Wholehearted, abandoned dependence on and confidence in the Lord.  He truly is the giver of all good things: the things that bless us and challenge us and conform us more and more into the likeness of Christ.  

We need to learn to rely on God every day as if He has given us nothing yet, which I have come to find begins in gratitude.  Thankfulness in all things... His saving work in our lives and the lives of those around us, the blessings of friends and family, the fellowship of the Church, and the promises of coming glory.

"Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire." Hebrews 12:28-29

Begin today, and each one onward, thankful for another day to live a life worthy of the calling you've received (Ephesians 4:1).  And may we, as His beloved, find ourselves relying on Him more and more each day for every single thing.