“Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways, acknowledge Him and he’ll make your paths straight.”
“The Lord is my shepard, I shall not want.” Psalm 23:1. My daily meditation verse. For 2013, I chose the word Obedience as the word I am focusing on for the year. As I came to this word, the Lord has placed a burden on my heart to spend time each day focusing on one verse. Taking time to meditate on it and record what He had to tell me. When I came to this simple verse of Psalm 23:1, I was a little disappointed. And it took me a while to open my ears and truly here His voice.
Regardless of how the circumstances seem; regardless of how daunting your To Do list appears- I have given you a perfect portion. I helped you coordinate and plan. I see the whole picture. I know exactly what your up against- have no worries. Trust me!
Trust me. At this moment, I am picturing Aladdin and Princess Jasmine. Aladdin is sitting on the magic flying carpet, reaching out his hand to welcome Jasmine to take a magic carpet ride. He says with a gleam in his eye, “Do you trust me?” In that moment, she realizes this arrogant prince is the peasant she has dreamed of in the marketplace. She accepts his offer.
I looked up the word, trust. Of course, the definition I was looking for was simple. A firm belief in reliability, truth, ability, or strength of someone or something. But what struck me was the following definition. “Confidence placed in a person by making that person the nominal owner of property to be held or used for the benefit of others.” Trust me.
When I choose to obey God and “trust” him with my life, I am giving him ownership of my life for the benefit of others. I am confident in his ability to manage everything that comes my way. My time, my marriage, my family, my job, ministry opportunities- the list goes on and on. He doesn’t miss a single detail. Not only that, He gives me the strength of his Holy Spirit to rely on in times when I am weak. His power is made perfect in my weakness. What a relief.
When I make the decision to trust God, I can stop striving. I can stop approaching my time of bible study with the sole purpose of trying to discern his purpose for me. I can approach his throne with a quiet heart and listening ears. I can get to know Him and His promises. And in return, He will make my paths straight. Trust and Obey- there really is no other way.