Tuesday, January 7, 2014

(40 Days of Focus) Day THREE: "In Everything"

Read: "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).
Think About It: "Everything." It can be a scary word. It's an absolute word giving no wiggle room on either side. There can be nothing more than everything, because everything encompasses all. At the same time, there can be nothing less than everything, for then it would cease to be everything. There was a story once told by Jesus of a young man who said he wanted to follow Christ and become a disciple. Upon initial assessment, it was quickly discovered that this young man had both a sincere intention and an impressive knowledge of what God required from the Scriptures. However, upon further challenge of Jesus, it was revealed that where the young man was rich in knowledge, he lacked the necessary element of surrender. Jesus had told him to go back, sell everything he had, return, and follow Him. "Everything." Had it been "some," or even "most," perhaps this seemingly eager follower would have jumped at the opportunity of a lifetime. But Jesus didn't ask for some or most. He asked for everything. That was more than he was willing to give.
Going Deeper: The concept of "everything" is confined within the boundaries of finances or personal possessions, but involves, well, everything. It regards what you think, how you respond, and every other aspect of your everyday life. Life is about circumstances, choices, and consequences. You face a circumstance and must choose how to respond, understanding that no matter what choice you make, there will be a consequence to follow. What God is asking from each of us, is to trust Him in everything and with all of our heart, in the very core of who we are. The word "trust" means to lean on, to cling to, to fully rely on and to depend on. Proverbs charges to trust in the Lord with "all," meaning, with everything; and in "all" of our ways to acknowledge Him, to be intimately close and connecting to Him. How are we supposed to do that? In everything; with everything; and unto the Creator of everything. Only when He is trust with everything in everything, will we see anything that resembles the blessing and rewards of worshiping Him.
Next Steps: The word used in the Hebrew for "acknowledge" is one that means "to know." This is not just a passing knowledge or to be familiar. It is a word that goes deeper to the very core of the idea of knowing something or someone. It is to know experientially, fully and completely; to know intimately and connectively in every way. This is worship: to know Him and to love Him in everything and in all things, no matter how tempted you may be to lean or trust in your own way of doing things. Jesus has asked for everything. Think of a circumstance you are facing right now. Maybe it's something that's gnawing at your mind, has you concerned, or something that you just have quite figured out how to navigate through. Take that circumstance and make a choice. Choose to put it before God. Trust God for the next step. Don't fully neglect the understanding that you have, but surrender it unto Him. Even in the circumstance you face, take time to worship, to be intimate, to connect with the One who knows every problem from beginning to end and who has the exact answer for the exact moment you need it. He WILL show you the way when you trust everything.

1 comment:

Tom B said...

I choose to trust God for today's events and activities.