Have you heard of the phrase, “putting the cart before the horse”? To do things out-of-order seems pretty ludicrous to us. I mean think about it, would you put your tennis shoe on then your sock? Or would you eat off the dirty dish then wash it? Seems so silly, yet we do this all the time. No, we don’t eat off dirty dishes and we don’t put on shoes before our socks. And I doubt any of us are riding horse and buggy these days; but we do put the cart before the horse at times.
Jesus is talking to His disciples and teaching them to, “not worry about their life, what they will eat or drink, or about their body, what they will wear” (Matthew 6:25). He encourages them to look at the birds of the air that they do not sow or reap or store away in barns…and why is that? They trust our Heavenly Father to feed them. Jesus goes on to say that the most important thing we can do is “Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to us as well” (Matthew 6:33).
But if we are honest, we often worry first and then try to trust God second. We can let our fears, our worries, our hurts, our anger, bitterness, and trials overtake us; hence we put the cart before the horse. What results are oppression, depression and even regression in our faith. We create a monster of trials all because we put our trust in God behind us and the trouble before us. We lead our lives with pain instead of leading our lives with power.
Jesus encourages us to be consumed by God’s love. “Be still and know that I am God”, our Heavenly Father tells us. God’s power is enough for whatever we face. His grace is more than we can imagine. His provision is exactly what we need. His forgiveness is for whoever wants it. Seeking His Presence and only His Presence should be our aim. When we trust the Lord of Life and the King of Kings and allow ourselves to be immersed in His truth and His indescribable power, we win. God will either right the wrong in our life or give us the courage and peace to walk through our troubles to the other side.
I’m learning a great deal these days about my faith. But even more about how much of the Holy Spirit God wants to give me. I just need to ask, and need to trust. You see, faith is not a condition it’s a movement. Faith makes things happen. It gets the attention of our Father in Heaven. It moves great obstacles out of our way. Jesus said to His disciples, “Truly I tell you, if you have faith and do not doubt….you can say to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and it will be done. If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.” (Matthew 21:21-22). Those are some strong and promising words we hear from our Savior! This kind of faith breathes, moves, and influences miracles in our life.
Let us stop the cycle of putting” this cart” of today’s problems before “the horse,” the power of our God. Let us abandon ourselves to total faith in Jesus, God’s Son, who CAN do all things if we just believe Him.