Wholehearted for God
Do you trust God wholeheartedly? Do you trust Him for your finances, your family relationships, your career path, your future, your happiness and well-being? Proverbs 3:5-7 says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord, and turn away from evil.” This verse tells me immediately that there is only one way to trust GOD and that’s with ALL OUR HEART! We must leave nothing out. We must give our full, complete 100% trust. In other words, the formula can’t be 75% trusting GOD and 25% trusting in ourselves. Our God knows the end from the beginning, the thoughts of every person on earth. He has even counted the strands of hair we have on our head. We can never hope to be truly wise if we do not first recognize that GOD is the source of perfect wisdom. How do we trust in Him rather than our own, limited, imperfect selves? Here are three ways:
1) Take your concerns to God in prayer - This is the first and most important step. Philippians 4:6 says, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”
2) Be guided by the Scriptures - The Apostle Paul wrote, “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.” (2 Timothy 3: 15-17)
We may feel we have found happiness and true love in the attention of a married person, or we may want to cheat or steal money to meet a dire need and just pay back later. But the Bible says stealing and adultery are wrong. Trusting God wholeheartedly means obeying him despite our feelings and circumstances. He will “make a way when there seems to be no way,” as the song of popular Gospel singer Don Moen goes.
3) Listen to godly counsel - We may have friends, a spouse, a parent, or a church elder who is prayerful, hears from the Lord, and cares enough about us to give us wise advice. Let’s listen. God may be speaking through them.
God’s ways are best, always. May you trust Him with all your heart.
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