STOP TRYING

So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead even though you have to endure many trials for a little while. These trials will show that your faith is genuine. (1Peter 1:6-7 NLT)

I'm trying! This is a pretty standard response when we are faced with something and someone encourages us not to worry, or believe, or let go or any of a number of the things that go on in life. The problem is, we get tired of trying. Trying really just wears us out.
So often when we are trying, what we are trying to do is measure up to some standard or bar that is not ours to measure.
Only believe; all things are possible. Only believe. We hear these things and we decide to try. But what if it does not change anything? Then we hear ourselves or others say, "I tried but it did not work; guess I may as well give up." Now that is the devils favorite thing to hear.
This goes on in the world outside of Christ as well as in Christ. People are giving up. It may be that we would do better to stop trying! I had this thought and it truly interrupted me. "Take the try, out of trials." James and Peter both encourage us to rejoice in trials. How are we supposed to do that?
Rejoicing strengthens us. Trying wears us out. Have you ever been in a situation where you and others laughed until you nearly forgot what started you laughing and then someone comes along and asks what it so funny? Then you tell them and they do not really see what was so funny and you say, "Well you had to be there."
When trials come, stop trying and just do what the Lord says. We recently had a lot of snow fall with big winds and big drifts. Trying to go straight through them was not possible. No matter how hard I might have tried, I never would have made it. So I did not even try. Instead I took a little at a time and rejoiced with every successful dent I made in the snow. I rejoiced that I was not doing it with a shovel. I rejoiced that the Lord had blessed me. I rejoiced because it was fun to rejoice. It strengthened me.
Think about it. It is the trying in a trial that keeps you from joy. When you are trying you are focused on the problem. When you rejoice you are focused on the victory. If you are trying to understand, you are again focused on the thing that is causing you troubles.
There comes a point in time when we must stop trying and do it. Don't get me wrong, I know about trying and trying do something my way and thinking about things from every angle before finally giving up my way. In everything remember. The joy of the Lord is our strength. If we are going to try something, let's try what has a proven track record.