By Susan Sage
While going through some old document files in my computer, I deleted ones I no longer needed. One of the files was simply called “God.” It had thoughts and quotes about God that I had wanted to use in some of my writing. After using all of them, I deleted the file and it, of course, went into the recycle bin in the computer. Later I went to get rid of everything in the bin only to find it only held one file. Usually when you are going to empty that folder, the computer will put up a question asking if you want to delete however many items are in the recycle bin. This time the question read:
“Do you want to delete ‘God’?” I laughed at first, thinking how absurd a question but the thought has plagued my mind ever since. “Do you want to delete ‘God’?”
Upon first glance, it’s almost funny and also sad to think that someone
would say they wanted to delete God or erase Him. It almost feels sacrilegious to think that. But it also means to remove Him or cancel Him out like in math where common factors are used to cancel numbers or reduce them.
When deleting something, the idea is to get rid of it somehow whether by removing it, throwing it away, scrubbing it, or maybe erasing it. Texts are canceled before sending or deleted after.
Suddenly, “Do you want to delete God?” means, do I want to remove His influence in my life? Do I want to throw away the relationship I have with Him? Do I want to cancel His power in my life?
It’s not so funny anymore.
There are not many believers who would admit to wanting to delete God’s authority in life but isn’t that how I live at times?
Do I trust Him and seek His wisdom when circumstances of life are tumultuous? When faced with a life-impacting decision, is it God I go to first? Even at times of being tempted to do something I know, deep down, is not in line with God’s desires, do I go to His word for help?
The Bible has many places to find encouragement to trust God like Proverbs 3:5-6 which says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight.” Or a verse like Matthew 19:26, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible,” helps me remember nothing is too difficult for Him.
When life’s challenges begin to overwhelm, the importance of going to Him, asking for His perspective and help, relying on His strength, helps me rest in His power. It allows me to take in the power He offers. Rather than deleting the influence, presence, and power of God in life, my faith will grow.
It will happen if I draw near and seize everything He offers for each need.
Are you facing a struggle? Don’t delete or remove God’s influence by simply not taking what He’s offered … His strength and wisdom and so much more.
About the Author
New to north Idaho, Susan Sage and her husband are enjoying getting to know the new area. She continues to work on her craft writing about God’s purpose and sovereignty in all aspects of life. She enjoys writing devotionals and flash fiction. She enjoys mentoring other writers who are new to the craft.
You can read Susan's "Sunday Inspiration" column on the 4th Sunday each month here at Pandora's Box Gazette.