2005-11-21 - All Means All, and That's All That All Means
Originally Published 1999-02-19
Proverbs 3:5&6 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths.
I am going to make a confession right here and now. I doubt. Yes, it's true, there are times when I have problems believing! When people are giving me directions to get to a certain place, in my mind I'll think, "I'll check the map; that doesn't sound right!" Even if I have never been there, something in me wants to doubt that they could possibly know how to get to their own house.
I finally came to the conclusion a while back, that from now on, I was going to believe that if people want me to come visit them, they are not going to lead me astray in getting there. I was going to have to just believe that they knew the way, since they have driven there before.
I realized also that there are still areas of my life that I haven't completely put into God's hands. However, I read something in the book, "Experiencing God" by Henry Blackaby that really made me stop and think. In it, he wrote, "When you believe that nothing significant can happen through you, you say more about your belief in God than you have said about yourself."
God says to trust Him with ALL my heart, holding nothing back. He loves me so much that He is willing to take all of my hurts and make them His. He is so big that He can handle all of my life, whether it's the big things or the little things.
God wants it all. He won't lead me astray. He wants to have a love relationship with me, and promises that if I lean on Him, follow His guidelines, and trust Him to do what He says, He will do that. He will....promise of God....direct my paths.
I believe, Oh Lord, Help my unbelief.
Father God, sometimes I doubt You. Oh God, I am sorry. I want to believe that You can handle it all, do it all and be my all-in-all. And yet, the fleshy part of me wants to have the lead. Teach me to let go of my wants, my desires, my everything - and to just trust You to lead me in a plain path. I thank You that you are faithful, that what You say, you do. I thank You that even I can trust You to keep Your promises. Even the ones that have punishment attached, because seeing those kept help me to believe the ones that have blessings. I love You Lord; help me to love you more. Amen