What a crazy time we’re living in. We collectively struggle with trust.
You hear one thing on the news and change the channel and hear something completely different. So, what are we to do? Where can we turn?
Our verses in Proverbs today clearly tell us that we can trust the Lord. And we can trust him with our whole heart. God tells us not to lean on our own understanding, but rather to acknowledge God in all our ways. But, I have to confess, I lean heavily at times on my own understanding. And when I do, I’m soon frustrated, wondering why things don’t seem to work out.
We are all works in progress. I have not arrived. I will still make mistakes and I’ll even blow it royally at times. But I’m so thankful that when I mess up, God invites me to come to him. And I can put my mistakes in his large, capable hands.
Growing up, I struggled with perfectionism. There are times I still wrestle with it. As a child, I wanted EVERYTHING to be perfect. I would write and re-write words because it had to be perfect. I picked up the hobby of drawing and would spend numerous hours on horse drawing because it just had to be perfect. Little did I know that when I went out on my own, that I’d be bringing my baggage with me. Perfectionism was neatly packed in one of my suitcases.
And years later, when I found myself overwhelmed and with health trouble because I was pushing myself too hard, I could finally fess up to this struggle. Do you want to know what helped me the most? While God always wants my best He doesn’t expect me to be perfect.
I still blow it sometimes, but God sees me through His blood that covers me, and I am forgiven. There is nothing I can do which will lessen God’s love for me and there’s nothing I can do that will make God love me more. Those words bring freedom. Does that mean He is always happy with me? No. But it means that He always has His arms open for me to come to Him.
As new believers we knew God would answer our prayers. God could do anything. But somewhere along the way, we began believing lies from the enemy. Lies like:
God is tired of answering your prayers.
God doesn’t care about you.
God is disappointed in you.
I’m so glad we can drench ourselves in the Word of God and the lies become obvious.
– God doesn’t grow weary (Isaiah 40:28).
– God encourages us to cast our cares on him because he cares for us (1 Peter 5:7).
– God does not write us off when we do blow it, but when we ask for forgiveness, He removes our transgressions from us (Psalm 102:12).
I’m so glad God gave us his Word so we can meditate on what’s true and denounce the lies. When we are immersed in God’s Word we can love God wholeheartedly. Is there something stopping you from trusting God with your whole heart?
God loves you totally. And you can trust him with your whole heart. Listen to this song, “Half of my Heart”, by Nathan Peterson. May it bless you as it blesses me.
Let God Carry You
When you can’t take another step,
then let God carry you.
Not only can he lift you up,
He carries burdens, too.