Ifs, Ands, & Buts: Trusting God
Trust in the Lord with some of your heart, lean on your own understanding, in some of your ways Submit to him, and you can make your own paths straight.
This is how we should have to read Proverbs 3:5–6 when we are living a partially surrendered life. Here’s what it really says:
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.
Proverbs 3:5–6 (NIV)
OTHER KEY SCRIPTURES:
…“Go up and take possession of the land I have given you.” But you rebelled against the command of the Lord your God. You did not trust him or obey him.
…But if you can do anything, take pity on us and help us.” “ ‘If you can’?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for one who believes.” Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”
Mark 9:22–24 (NIV)
Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.
Psalm 100:3–5 (NIV)
The PARTIALLY SURRENDERED LIFE happens when we decide:
- I’ll give God some things, but not everything.
- I don’t fully trust God with _____. (Fill in the blank.)
- I want God to prove Himself so I can trust Him.
We want God to prove Himself so we can trust Him. God wants us to trust Him so He can prove Himself!
Developing a WHOLEHEARTED TRUST in God requires that we:
- Get to know the goodness of God.
- Get to know the love of God.
- Get to know the faithfulness of God.