"Trust in the Lord with all your heart;
do not depend on your own understanding." Proverbs 3:5 NLT
In an age of being, at times, overwhelmed with information, you may read this verse and just push it aside. "What? I am not to figure it out myself? I have to trust someone else, Someone that I can't even see? No way! That is just plain silly!"
We are a society that is addicted to reasoning and with reasoning, control. We need control, we need to know the outcome--in everything.
God doesn't want that. Sure, He wants us to use our intellect, our brains, but not to the point that we push Him out or over ride Him. He is our power source. Our great "Wizard"--(for those of you who have seen The Wizard of Oz.) He wants us to turn to Him for everything. And give Him all the control.
And do you know why? Is it because He is a control freak Himself? NO! Of course not. The reason that He wants to have the control of your life is for the simple reason that He created you. He knew you before you were even created in your mother's womb. He knows every hair on your head, and He knows you even better than you think you know yourself. He has your best interest at heart--His heart. He has no hidden agendas, no favorites, no reason on earth or in Heaven, to wish you harm. What better Person to have watch over you, to take care of you--don't you think?
Do you realize that we can reason/control ourselves right into a corner that we don't want to be in. That without praying and listening to our Heavenly Father, we are just asking for trouble. Look at all the prophets--whenever they were faithful and keeping a very close walk and conversations (prayer life) with the Lord, they were fine--even if they were in prison, or being martyred.
But the moment that they started having little private conversations with themselves, their friends, whatever or whomever, that was not under the coverage of God's wisdom, they started floundering. Their decisions were bad, their walk started faltering--then they were really in a disaster.
What is the biblical definition of faith?--Believing and trusting in God: knowing that God is real, even though we can't see Him.
"For we live by believing and not by seeing." 2 Corinthians 5:7 NLT
"Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see." Hebrews 11:1 NLT
So, today, if you are one of those that has to be in control of every aspect of your day, if you feel lost or fearful at just the thought of giving your day, your life over to Someone you can't even see--give it up.
Is knowing, is doing what you have been doing, given you any joy? Are you any less stressed out? Do you just want a day of peace? Give it Jesus. It sounds too simple I know, but it is what you need to do. The opening verse is only two lines--reread them and then ponder upon them. God will reveal Himself and His plan for your day, your life--in His timing. But you have to humbly ask, (pray), humbly receive (listen) and humbly obey (then praise Him with thanksgiving.)
Heavenly Father, thank You for being so patient with me and people like me who feel we must have all the answers before we can act or trust. In the name of Jesus, help me to simply trust in You, knowing that You will give me what is best for me and my life. Amen