“Trust in the Lord with all your heart;
do not depend on your own understanding.
Seek his will in all you do,
and he will show you which path to take.” – Proverbs 3:5-6 (NLT)
Ok, so in no way is this a “prosperity” post. I would think most of you know me better than that. I did want to share something about the above picture a friend showed me today that I was inspired with and wanted to post on. I plan to post some additional content on this but thought this would be a good start…especially considering all that is going on in everyone’s lives at the moment.
How many of us, myself very much included right now, find ourselves in the above picture? How many times do we put up self-erected road blocks for what God has planned for us vs. what WE are either accustomed to or are too fearful of what we might lose that for us is our “known”.
Our Father has been working with me and many of those I know lately on the idea of “trust” and most importantly total submission. The thought can literally send chills down the spine…but why? Why is it so hard for us to trust in a perfect God who throughout time has not only shown His un-scalable love for us by way of the very sacrifice of his very own Son, but also through His every word that shows all He has already given AND has planned for us. At every turn He has shown, and continues to show, His love, but yet we continue to hold on to what we “think” we know. Ok, so why do I use the quotes you might ask, well to drive home the point that WE TRULY KNOW NOTHING! We have the promise of a God who knows all, sees all and IS all but yet still we carnally chose to doubt and ask “yeah but…”.
For those of you who have kids or even a mate that you have at some point professed that they can trust you but yet they turn around and show you that they clearly do not by either taking matters into their own hands or going their own way. What did you feel like? Hurt, let down, disappointed or maybe disillusioned with an image of a relationship you thought you “had” with that person that clearly they did not share? It’s easier with little ones as they are still learning, but when it’s a person that you are in some type of adult relationship with it can lead a person to feel a since of loss. Loss of something that thought they shared with someone, a connection, that was not mutual. Now go ahead and times that by like a ZILLION and you still won’t hit what I’m sure what God has had to endure since the bad choice made in the Garden and the subsequent suffering He and His children have lived through since. And all for what? So that we could in our opinion know all that He knows so that we could “be just like God…”. How much did it pain Him to feel that He had the world and so much more to give us if we could have Just Trusted…
I heard a great sermon the other day on how a rich man wanted to pursue a girl. He wanted only to give and share all He had with her and for them to be so close you could not tell them apart. But he wanted her to not love Him for what He could provide, all the splendor and excitement, but for Him as that is what he felt for her when envisioned them together. Of course this is a very pale comparison but still gives us a general idea of what Christ meant when He asked Peter 3 times “Do you love me?”. (John 21:15-17)
As we grow God will take us along our paths in this life. In the beginning the hand-holding will be a little more firm but as we grow He teaches us to not only stand on our own but as we mature we fall that much more and more in love with HIM vs. what He is doing for us. It won’t be love based upon what “teddy bear” he may have for us, but because as we become closer and closer as we fall that much more in love with Him as He first loved us. He loves fully, completely and without hesitation to give us all He has…including His very life.
As we grow more and more ready to fully embrace, trust and submit willingly to all that He is preparing for us, let us remember these promised words…
1”For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome.” – Jer 29:11 (AMP)
Be Forever Blessed,
All scripture references are from biblegateway.com