Two things that require great mental gymnastics
“Trust in the Lord and do good, then you will live safely in the land and prosper. Take delight in the Lord, and He will give you your heart’s desires.” Psalm 37.3-4
Trust & Delight
These two commands require a daily mind adjustment. You must consciously tell and then force yourself to TRUST Him any given day or moment rather than defaulting to self-sufficiency.
You must also daily reconvince and readjust your heart to DELIGHT in Him. To look at Him for your soul’s satisfaction rather than seeking to fill your life with other things due to unsubmitted and rebel “wants.” (ie., I “want” this to happen… or I “want” a new DVD recorder…).
Mental gymnastics! For our minds are ever out on the trapeze, swinging freely with no discipline to our thought life whatsoever. We are an entertained culture with soft minds. We cannot focus on the deep things of life. A 23 minute sitcom is about the limit of our attention (for free), or we’ll pay $7.50 to sit and allow the theater to guide our minds into story for 2-3 hours. Can you imagine the singular benefit to your life, your health, and your personal growth, to devote 23 minutes daily, and 2-3 hours once or twice a week to things that truly matter: your relationship with God, with your spouse, children, family… service to your community…. help for those truly needy.
As you learn to TRUST God and DELIGHT in Him, it will require great mental concentration, patience, and daily-ness. Do the hard work of submitting your mind and enjoyments in Him! You’ll be shocked at how ordered and peaceful your life will become.
“Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you as well.” Jesus, in Matthew 6.33