2015 was a year of so many lessons. I would like to share one BIG lesson that was reiterated in my life this year; but first, a background story.
Mr. Robin had an excited little dog, Chloe. She wore her leash and was left around the yard to play. After a while, she started circling a tree, getting herself encumbered. Mr. Robin told her to stop, as she needed to retrace her steps in order to disentangle herself; he knew because he could see the entire picture. Chloe, however, probably felt it was a game or that she was fine all by herself (you know that independent place). After all, there was still more room along the leash, she must have thought. She continued circling the tree until she was totally roped in and almost choking. Only then did she begin whimpering and crying out for help. Finally, she was done leaning on her own understanding; and having come to the end of herself, reached out to Mr. Robin. She finally did what she could have done at first – listened to Mr. Robin’s instruction.
So, what is this big lesson?
It’s from Proverbs 3:5-6 (KJV):
Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
Proverbs 3:5-6 (The MSG)
Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he’s the one who will keep you on track. Don’t assume that you know it all.
I think some of these scriptures become cliché after a while so it’s great to address them over and over when our lives look like we may have forgotten them.
First step is Trust God. The way you sit on a chair and trust it to hold you up, yes, trust God. Not after exhausting your wisdom like Chloe. You do it FIRST. You trust GOD first.
In ALL your ways, acknowledge him. To acknowledge, here, means “bringing the other party to bear before reaching a decision”. The key is to listen to God’s voice in EVERYTHING I do. Not a few, everything. He wants to lead the relationship so he has to be consulted for anything that my life involves.
Next, this is akin to being married after being single for a long time; I’ve been independent but now I must learn to figure out stuff with the opinion of my significant other. I must check with my husband first. How would you feel if your significant other spoke to 5 other parties before speaking to you? That’s what I did to God sometimes in 2015. I talked about stuff with people who loved God but not with Him, at least not at first. It appears as though, more than a few times, I talked to Him last. Checking with God is like checking with your banking officer before issuing a cheque. No more to making spiritual decisions that our spiritual accounts cannot fund, so I’m learning to use the principles and precepts in the word for every decision of life. I’m learning to find out a word for every situation and apply it.
When we do that, God makes the PATH straight. Think about it, you are trying to go somewhere but the path isn’t straight. It may be that you’ve been going round in circles. The promise of making your path straight is premised on your trusting God entirely, intimately and progressively, and acknowledging him in all you do. He WILL straighten your path. Not may, but He will remove every obstacle and make the journey faster. Why would I want to trust myself when there is a God that knows the alternative routes to get me to my destination?
Some portion of this year saw me barely existing, because I trusted God only after self-failed. Naah! No more!
If I lack wisdom, James says I should ask God provided I am not double-minded. This year, I realized God doesn’t want me double minded, mixing secular understanding with His word. Very easily, we begin to pick our values from the world and it competes with the word of God. We unconsciously start to weigh the direction of the spirit by the many things we have read about and learned, some of which just war against the sometimes illogical direction of the spirit. I experienced this first hand.
God wants to control us entirely whilst He is intimately involved in the process. Leaning on our own understanding is costly. God wants us to move beyond just believing him to trusting Him. I now realize that I have no time for the errors of my understanding. Better to TRUST God entirely, and walk through life with that accuracy.
The accuracy of my life is a function of my intimacy with God; and without trusting God completely, I cannot enjoy that intimacy.
This reminds me of a song,
“I have come to the end of myself, take over, take over…”
So for me, I’m learning afresh to not just believe God but to trust and in 2016, I’m letting go!!!
What about you?