A favorite verse of many Christians is Proverbs 3:5, which reads: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding”, but lets be honest here; do we always trust God with “all our heart”? Could it be possible that one or two of you who are reading today’s blog are going through a situation for the which you have already determined a course of action? You are already convinced that this action that you are about to take will work perfectly for you; yet, how can you be sure? The Bible is filled with accounts of kings, as well as people, who acted upon something which they believed would work for them, and it did not, so lets consider the verse a little bit more carefully.
Lets say that someone you know just made you a promise. In the past, this person has never lied to you, has never let you down. If you say that you trust that person with “all your heart” for that very reason, what guarantees do you have that he won’t fail you this time? Are you sure he will even be alive to come through with his promise? Now, lets say that a person you love dearly makes you the same offer. In his case, he has failed you on several occasions already and has been known to not always keep his promises, yet you say, “but my heart tells me that this time he is on the level.” Really, can anyone of us really trust our own heart? Does not the Bible say in Jeremiah 17:9 that “the heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” So much for the malarkey to “follow our heart.” On the other hand why should we not trust “with all our heart” the One who lives forever, who is mighty to do anything He says He will do, who not only has never lied, it is against His very nature. To trust God with “all our heart” is to believe Him even if our plans don’t coincide with His. It is to believe He will help us even if we don’t understand how He will do it.
Are you going through a puzzling situation in your life. From a human standpoint, do you see it as a high mountain you can’t climb or one which has no possible solution? Snap out of it! There is absolutely nothing God cannot do. I am reminded of a corny story of long ago about a riot that broke out in an Old West saloon in which the Texas Rangers were summoned. When only one ranger arrived, the local sheriff asked him “How come you’re the only one who showed up?” The Ranger replied, “Its only one riot.” Relax! God can handle whatever situation you are going through, as well as everybody else’s. Just bring your petition to the Him, lay it at His feet, then sit back and let Him take over. Once you get through this trial, perhaps you’ll better understand what trusting Him with “all your heart" really means.
Memory Verse for the week: (John 15:9) “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love.”