Jesus Did It!
By: Norm Rasmussen
Proverbs 3:5-6 is one of the most popular passages in all the Bible. Let's ask God for some insight into this priceless Bible passage to help us have a more fruitful prayer and trust life in our relationship with Him:
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths. (New King James translation)
Trust in the Lord with all your heart '
Can God the Father be trusted or can't He? He CAN be fully trusted. Wisdom says to put 100% of our trust in the Father and trust Him for each and every final outcome.
Satan will try to convince us the Father can't be trusted completely. Satan will remind us of times past when we have trusted the Father for something and we didn't get what we were trusting Him for. Why would that be?
Elementary to all things spiritual is that the Father knows what each of us NEED at any given time in our life, and there is often a great gulf in between what WE think we need verses what HE determines we need. Because God uses adversity and pain to test us and grow Christ-like character in us to prepare us for eternity ' He almost ALWAYS ultimately sees 'character growth' as the PRIMARY need in every true Christian. Most people will find that a turnoff -- unfortunate for them ' and will cease trusting the Lord. The masses of humanity (with the exception of Muslims - interestingly) don't want a God who places character growth in them ahead of granting them their hearts' desire/s NOW.
And lean not on your own understanding '
Human reasoning can be a GREAT hindrance in trusting the Father. There is nothing wrong in letting the Father know what we would like to see happen in each situation we are facing, but the wise disciple of Jesus Christ leaves ALL final outcomes to the Lord. He knows what is best for each situation we are trusting Him in and for. God seldom will grant us our heart's desire at the expense of bypassing character growth in our lives.
In all your ways acknowledge Him '
God desires obedience from us. Sin in our life can hinder God's desire to grant us what we would like to have, or see happen. Our disobedience to God almost always hinders in some way our ability to have strong faith. God's nature is not to reward sin in our life. But when we get sin out of our life, God is motivated to give us greater faith as is needed for each occasion.
It is easy to dismiss the importance of honoring God. Immature Christians often tend to assume or presume things when praying and trusting God for something. Scriptures tell us that Jesus did NOTHING that He didn't FIRST get clear go-head from the Father. If Jesus wanted to honor the Father in every decision Jesus would be facing, certainly the Father desires that we honor Him in the very same way.
The Father rewards those the most who FIRST inquire from Him as to HOW they should pray about a given matter, and HOW they are to lock in their faith concerning that matter once they have made their request/s known to God. In so doing, it shows our desire to remain humble as well as honor the Creator.
And He shall direct your paths.
If we take the time to FIRST ask the Father how we're to pray and trust Him in specific decisions we need to make, our confidence will only GROW in our prayer lives, as will our faith in Him keep growing stronger and stronger. God will see to it.
There is nothing more wonderful than having the confidence that we can go to the God of ALL power and expect Him to keep us on the right path for every situation we face in this life. When we've done our part properly, He will keep us in perfect peace with the assurance that whatever the outcome might be ' being in the dead center of His perfect will at all times is the safest possible place we could be as the earth shakes, rattles and rolls around us as we wait patiently for the return of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, to whisk us away to be with Him forever (if we're alive down here at that time). Otherwise, we'll already be with Him if we've passed on to glory prior to that time.
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"And this gospel of the
died for sinners] shall be preached in all the world for a witness
unto all nations; and then shall the end come."
(Quote from Jesus Himself: Matthew 24:14).
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