Why is That?

Why is That?

It’s January 1st and we’ve decided to go to the gym daily and to lose weight in the new year. We’re all geared up and ready to go! By February 15th at the latest, we are not going to the gym and losing weight will have to wait for another year.

Why is that?

We’re a high school senior and looking at college choices, degrees, lifetime decisions, etc. and we finally find the college/university of our dreams and then we put that life on hold and decide to go to work to save money.

Why is that?

We’ve found the perfect, forever mate but we’re afraid he/she will say “No,” so we never ask.

Why is that?

We’ve had the first career promotion and realize that it’s going to take more time and energy than we thought, we’re not sure we’re fully qualified, was it the right decision. We second guess ourselves all along the way.

Why is that?

Have you ever found yourself in one of these scenarios or others and found yourself wondering about your choice, decision, plan, etc.?

Why is that?

Most of us have found ourselves in the scenarios above or similar situations. In Proverbs 3:5-6 we find, “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.” If you’ve been a follower of Jesus for any time, not only is that familiar to you but you may even have memorized it.

The problem is that we know it, have memorized it but seldom do we put it into practice. So let’s examine those verses a little closer.

Webster helps us know what trust means – “believe in the reliability, truth, ability, or strength of.” But now we have another problem – what does “believe in” mean? Turning to Webster again (isn’t he helpful?), we find “have faith in the truth or existence of and be of the opinion that (something [or someone}) is right, proper, or desirable.”

Following that chain of thinking, to trust in the Lord means that I have faith that He exists and that He is right.

To trust in the Lord means I have faith He exists and He is right.

Back to Proverbs 3:5-6 above and we find that my faith that He exists and that He is right is to be done “with all my heart.” Now what??? Returning to our friend Webster who says that “with all my heart” means in a very sincere and deeply felt way. It’s no wonder that Solomon reinforces this thinking in Proverbs 4:23 when he says, “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.”

Ok, I’m getting clearer on what trust looks like. So far, here’s what we have: I have faith that God exists and that He is right, and I believe that in a very sincere and deeply felt way.

Next, I’m not to lean on my own understanding. By now, we realize that leaning on our own understanding often gets us into trouble. Sometimes I’m right, sometimes I’m mostly right and sometimes I’m mostly wrong. Does that sound like you?

Back to our verses, I’m to submit to Him in all my ways, and he will make my paths straight. I really like the straight paths idea but I’m thinking about the submitting to Him in ALL my ways. WOW!! Not some of my ways ora few of my ways but ALL my ways.

Trust!! Lord, I find it so hard to trust You. I say that I love You, I work in and through Your church, I read my Bible, I acknowledge what You are doing in the world and in my life. Why is trusting You so hard??

The truth is we hate giving up control of our lives, our thinking, our families, our churches, etc. Control keeps us from trusting God like we should.

Let’s not ask “Why is that?” Let’s ask “God, what should I do next? Please help me know Your thoughts (though they are not at all like mine (Isaiah 55:8)) and give me the courage to follow Your leadership in my family, church, career, friendships, etc. even though it might not make sense to others. Teach me to trust You with all my heart and to not lean on my own understanding. For Your glory and my good, Amen!”

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Karen McGuire

Karen McGuire came to Lead Like Jesus in February 2004 following the first Lead Like Jesus Celebration in Birmingham, Alabama, in November 2003, where she served as the volunteer coordinator. She comes with vast experience in local church ministry and denominational work and has been instrumental in the formation of several successful nonprofit ventures, including two churches, a seminary, a medical missions organization, and a welfare-to-work program. Karen served on several church staffs, held many volunteer positions in her local church, and is a Bible study teacher and seminar and retreat leader. She has one son and two young adult granddaughters.

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