“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” Proverbs 3:5-6
“I can do all things through Him who gives me strength” Philippians 4:13
“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life” John 3:16
Very simple verses that anyone who ever went to Sunday school has heard. If you grew up in church then these were likely the some of the first ones you even put to memory. In fact, they may have been rehearsed so many times that the message they convey may have been lost. The meaning in these simple truths is very deep. The map for peace and joy are found here, the true heart of the Father is exposed here. The words are simple, the requirements are simple, and yet very difficult sometimes.
God loves us! He created us, and since He knows the end from the beginning, He knew how things would go in the garden. While it must’ve broken His heart that even in the early days of life there was a lack of trust in what He had spoken, He showed them the plan of restoration. That’s love. To come up with a way that people, who knew they were disobeying Him, could not only be reconciled but restored shows a love that’s so great —it’s amazing! Just think about the depth of that love, there is a way for anyone who believes in Him to make their way to the cross for restoration, a new life, and a new perspective.
When we come to Him and put our trust in Him He lavishes that love upon us. He wants us to have a revelation of how much we are loved so we can show that love to others. Freely we have received, freely we give. It cost Jesus His life, but was given to us with only the cost of loving Him and following His leading. I’ve often felt that the only way I can truly walk in the calling He’s placed on me is if I perform well enough, if I have it all figured out, if I don’t ‘mess up’. The problem with this way of thinking is that I can never be good enough.
My job is to focus on what He’s already done, to love Him back, and then to be amazed at how he shows me how to live in a way that pleases Him. This life is a journey, none of us have full revelation of everything that the kingdom of God is, we just have to wake up each morning ready for a new adventure. Trust in Him with all of your heart, lean not on your own understanding. If it doesn’t make sense to you – that’s ok, but trust His heart for you. Trust in the truth that if you give up your understanding and say, ‘I don’t understand but I believe you’ve promised good things for my life’; He will not let you down.
I’ve lived through some experiences that make absolutely no sense and while I was focusing only on what I could see with my physical eyes. God faithfully brought along people who would speak into my life and bring encouragement without ever knowing my situation. Those encounters spoke to my spirit about how concerned He is for me, that He wants me to know His nearness and compassion. My prayer recently changed to “Lord let me be the encouragement to someone who needs to know they’re loved by You and You’ve got this for them”.
He promises strength, and He will deliver. He promises direction, and He will deliver. He promises eternal life, and He will deliver. Whatever promise He gives is sure to be fulfilled. Trust in His heart and not in your own ways and He will not disappoint.