God Wants Us To Trust Him
"Trust in the LORD with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding." (Proverbs 3:5)
It is easy to want to do things on our own, isn't it? When we were younger, there was so much that Mom and Dad or other grown-ups had to do for us. They had to feed us and pick out our clothes. They had to tie our shoes and carry things that were too big for us. But then we got to the point where we could do all that stuff on our own. We did not want Mom and Dad's help anymore. Do the words "No! Let me do it by myself!" sound familiar?
That ability to do something by yourself is called "independence." Becoming independent usually a good thing, not a bad thing. But God does not want us to start trusting in ourselves more than we trust in Him. Maybe you are a good student in school. Or maybe God has given you a special musical talent. Or perhaps you are a super ball player. Have you entrusted these gifts to God? Or are you counting on your own efforts and knowledge to get you through that next test, that upcoming recital, or tomorrow's big game?
When we have experienced a lot of success, we might be tempted to think, "Hey, I'm great! Everything is sure to turn out fine!" And sometimes--even if we would never say it out loud--we secretly think, "I don't need to pray to God to ask for His help. I can do it all by myself!" It is easy to forget that God is the one who has blessed us with our talents, and as a result, it may even be that we start to put our faith in ourselves instead of totally in Him.
Not trusting in God takes away the glory and honor He deserves. Furthermore, we need God's help and cannot get through any situation without Him! If our circumstances have a positive outcome, it is because of Him--not us!
Have you found yourself being too independent lately? That is, have you been "leaning on your own understanding" more than putting your confidence in God? If so, ask God for His forgiveness. Thank Him for the gifts He has given you, and ask Him to show you how you can use them to point others to Him. Keep looking to Him to guide you through each event of your life!
God expects us to depend upon Him.
» Do I ever get the idea that I am doing okay and don't need God that badly anymore?
» Am I trusting and depending on God in every area of my life?
Truth In Real Life
“Today is mine. Tomorrow is not my business.”
Born to missionary parents in Belgium on December 21, 1926, Elisabeth Elliot was only a few months old when her family moved to the United States. Her father was the editor of the Sunday School Times – a Sunday School paper read and distributed by hundreds of churches around the country.
Elisabeth Elliot is best-known for her marriage to the missionary, Jim Elliot, who was captured and killed in Ecuador by Auca natives in January of 1956. Their daughter Valerie was only 10 months old when Jim was killed, and Elisabeth was heartbroken over their loss. She could have given up and gone home like most people would have done.
But instead, Elisabeth chose to stay. She continued working with the very same people group who had taken her husband’s life. She met two Auca women who agreed to live with her as roommates for one year. Because of her friendship with these ladies, she was able to reach into the tribe and win over many souls to Jesus Christ.
When Elisabeth and Valerie returned to the United States, two years after the death of Jim Elliot, Elisabeth began writing and speaking. Her most famous book is titled Through Gates of Splendor: the true story of Jim Elliot and the other four young missionaries who were speared to death while trying to share the Gospel with the Aucas in Ecuador.
Elisabeth Elliot, whose unmistakable courage encouraged many around the world to consider Who God is and why His Gospel is so important, is recognized now as one of the most influential Christian writers and speakers of the 20th century.
What would it take for you to give up on God and what He wants you to be doing? Elisabeth lost her husband and yet was still concerned about the souls of those who killed him. Do your decisions magnify God’s grace and truth in a powerful way in front of people who are watching you?
Philippians 4:13 – I can do all things through Christ Who strengthens me.