I was challenged recently with a few verses that I’ve had committed to memory for years and years.
Do you ever have those moments? When God shows you truth through a piece of His Word that you’ve read thousands of times, that you’ve recited again and again until the meaning is lost on you?
Pride is my greatest downfall, the one thing that I constantly wrestle with on a daily basis. My pride convinces me that I have it together, than I am justified in my thoughts and actions, that I already know enough.
Thank God for His patience, for His faithfulness.
Proverbs 3:5,6 says this:
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on our own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.
These verses have stayed with me the past several days, and I haven’t been able to shake their meaning from my thoughts. I believe that there are many parts of my heart with which I have entrusted Christ. So now all I have to do is change the scripture to “Trust in the Lord with most of your heart..” and then I’ll be pretty good.
Unfortunately, changing scripture isn’t exactly biblical. So that option’s out.
I’ve been forced to think about the fact that there are parts of my life that I haven’t given completely to Christ. Do I really believe that God is sovereign? Do I believe that He has allowed every moment of my life to happen for a particular reason? Do I trust that, while the path God leads me on may be painful, it is far more safe than any other path this world has to offer?
These questions can be vague and generalized, but apply them to whatever situation you’re currently dealing with, and suddenly they’re harder to answer. I fear that sometimes the theology I profess and the theology I live are vastly different. I claim to trust my Father with everything, but my actions might suggest otherwise.
When God brings a truth to our attention, it’s so that we can act on it. God disciplines those He loves (check out Hebrews 12:7-13). Praise God for loving me enough to show me my weaknesses.
No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it. Hebrews 12:11