Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.
You want to know something interesting? We have an amazing God! That’s why I like to call Him the G.O.A.T. - the greatest of all time! He’s all-powerful, all-knowing, everlasting, literally limitless in everything…. and time and time again, we choose to exclude Him in our lives. We pick the worst possible moments to do it too. Like when all hell is breaking loose, when our carefully crafted plan starts to fall apart, and when things get out of our control. That’s when we decide to tell God, “Thanks, but no thanks! I got this!”
Why do we do this? Well, we’re control freaks. Me personally, I like to know that I have a good grip on the things I’m responsible for. I have a budget, I know what comes in and what goes out. Every dollar has a name and it’s as organized as I can get it. I like that! Makes me feel like I’m in control. Makes me feel all warm and toasty inside.
Our reality is that we’re very talented at some things. Some people are very organized, some are able to “wing it” without it looking difficult at all. Others have amazing talents, insight and tons of experience. All around us there are very talented people in finance, construction, epic chefs, great parents, coaches, teachers and the list goes on and on. We’re good at doing stuff! And with all this talent, we’ve built up this illusion in our minds that we can trust in these abilities, we can put our faith in what we can do.
Yet God calls us to lean on Him, to trust in Him. The truth is, we want the control, we want our hand on the wheel! That’s why when things don’t go the way we planned, we freak out and exclude God. When we do that, what we’re really saying is, “I’m not sure if God will come through so I’ll just do it myself.” Or maybe, “God’s not interested in this meaningless problem so I’ll just help Him out.”
Our lack of trust in God has tremendous repercussions. When we lean solely on our abilities, our talents, and/or our understanding, we cut God out of the picture. That’s crazy! We lose out on being backed up by the greatest there is - God Himself. As crazy as that sounds, it’s true for a lot of us. We just find it so difficult to “trust in the Lord with all our heart.”
There are so many times when we’re killing ourselves doing something that is almost impossible, and we’ve got God sitting on the sidelines (figuratively speaking, of course). But it doesn't have to be this way. God doesn’t have to be this backup player who’s sole purpose is to close out the game at the end. No, He’s so much more! He’s an everyday God! He’s not waiting till the end to rescue you, He’s here now, ready to go through it with you.
Here’s the truth, as talented as we may be, God is better. You could have the most amazing plan, but God’s is way better. You may have gone to a great school, and you’re probably filled with tons of knowledge from books and blogs, but God is smarter. We can’t outdo God, and we don’t need to - it’s not even a contest!
So if you have any faith, it’s best to place it in the G.O.A.T., God Almighty, the GREATEST OF ALL TIME, and you’re not Him!