On Our Terms

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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. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil. This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones.Proverbs 3:5-8

For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Hebrews 4:12

Insight

Oh, how we wish the author, King Solomon, put an out clause when it came to the places of our heart where we’re required to trust.

We want him to say we only have to trust in the Lord with “select parts of your heart” or “trust in the Lord until it gets uncomfortable” or even “trust in the Lord on your terms.”

Instead, Solomon charges us to trust our Creator with A-L-L our heart, including those places of shame that have remained off limits for far too long.

Only you know those situations where you are resistant to address, give up control or hesitate to have faith.

Today, when you ponder those areas, ask yourself: whom do I trust? This is why the truth that God’s Word is living and active, found in Hebrews 4:12 is so important.

You must allow God to do the delicate surgery to separate between joint and marrow, soul and spirit. By giving God access to your heart, you see its current state.

It’s through this encounter where God can finally form and shape your heart.

Reflection

  • As it relates to your shame, does the vulnerability and transparency required of the Bible make it a place of refuge or an area of discomfort for you?

Prayer

Lord, I ask You to help me. There are several areas where I fail to trust You. The shame I feel makes me want to hide and disappear. Lord, I confess my hesitancy to give up control. I submit my wisdom to You and ask You for direction with ________________. Lord, thank you for being trustworthy and good. In Your name, Jesus. Amen.