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Leaning on God.020215

In Proverbs 3: 5-6, Solomon says, “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him,  and He will direct your paths.”  Some versions, in the last line, say “and He will make your paths straight.”   It may just be semantics, but to me the first version is more all-encompassing, says more, covers more, has more depth and breadth, about what God does if we’ll trust Him and surrender to Him in all our ways.

This is my verse.  It expresses the essence of my understanding of what our relationship with God is all about.  My experience has been that even when I really try, when I really work hard at seeking the Lord’s Face, and work hard at trying to do what God wants me to, I still have things happen that I didn’t expect; things that at the time seem hard; hard to live with, hard to understand, hard to reconcile with my understanding of who God is, and who I am in Him.  But you know, our sight is so limited, we think ‘all my ways,’ is just what I expect,  what I think God wants for my life, for my family, my ministry, my country, my church.  Notice how minutely focused I am on my stuff?  A little myopic, ya think?  And maybe, once in a while, God has been thinking about somebody else.  Maybe He’s been spending a little time thinking, dare I say it, about you.  Heck, your life may require a little attention too.  In fact, you may think your life is as complicated as I think mine is.  It’s not all about me.

I just love this verse.  This really is my verse.  Maybe out of the whole Bible, this verse fits my situation best.  I really need, in all my ways, to trust the Lord.  Not just a little bit.  I need to throw myself at His feet and beg Him to keep on taking care of me, like He’s been doing from the beginning.  Every day I need to thank God for His overwhelming Mercy and ask Him to keep on giving it to me; and tell Him I’m trusting Him to keep on doing it, because otherwise, I’m sunk.



What happens when you are really in a bind, you don’t know what to do, and there’s actually nowhere to go?  I guess the right answer is to do what you learned in church, to do what your momma and your daddy taught you about God.  But many questions are subject to interpretation.  There are a lot of gray areas.  In the meantime there’s a lot about what you believe, and who you can trust: God, the church, people who claim to be Christians, and those who really ACT like it.  Often there is nothing you can do except to lean on God, and hope to goodness that all that stuff you said you believed is really true.

So what do you really believe?  Well, I believe in leaning on God, trusting in Him.  Like Solomon said, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not to your own understanding . . .”  (Proverbs 3:5-6) Like the story about Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, where they said, right before they were thrown into the fiery furnace, “The God we serve will deliver us, . . . but even if He doesn’t, we’re not going to bow down and worship the image you made.” (Daniel 3:1-30)  Talk about leaning on Jesus.  Whoa!  To get to that level of trust in God, you have to spend a lot of time getting connected to Him, joined at the heart, so when the time comes you’ll be ready.

OOTB8, 061314, A Personal Relationship with God

               2 Chronicles 7:14 says, “If My people, who are called by My Name, will humble themselves, and pray, and seek My Face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sins, and will heal their land.”  We do lot of seeking God’s Hand instead of His Face.  To me seeking God’s Hand means seeking what God can give us.  Seeking God’s Face has a lot more to do with seeking to know Who God is; with getting to know Him for Himself; with developing a personal relationship with Him.              

               In the Bible it calls Abraham the friend of God; God says, “Shall I not tell Abraham what I am about to do?”  And God allows Abraham to persuade Him not to destroy a city if there are even ten followers of God.  (Genesis 18:22-33)  God told Moses He was going to destroy the Israelites because they worshiped idols; and start over and make a great nation of Moses; and then God let Moses talk Him out of it.  Says so in Exodus 32:1-14.  About David,  God  says he was “a man after God’s own heart.”  (Acts 13:22; 1 Samuel 13:14) God rewarded David in many ways, and many times, and rewarded his descendants for generations because of David.

               Why did God do all these things for these men?  Because they were perfect followers of God? Hardly. (Every one of them broke God’s laws repeatedly during their lives; but God still took care of them.)  Why? Because they all had a personal relationship with God; they trusted Him.  If you want to read about other friends of God, read the 11th chapter of Hebrews.  They all had a personal relationship with God.  They thought, and they acted, as if drawing near to God was the most important thing in their lives.  Why?  Because it is.  As a tool, the idea of seeking God primarily for the purpose of knowing Him for Himself is right up there at the top of the list of factors involved in drawing nearer to God.

What do you think?  .   .   . What do you do?

1] Do you have a personal relationship with the Living God?

2] If not, why do you think that is?

3] Do you feel the urging down in you heart to have a closer, more personal, relationship with Jesus?