January 9–How Big is your God?

We often trust in our own abilities, experiences, reasoning, planning and sheer will power to work things out for our lives. Yet, deep within us we know that even our best efforts are not always enough to give us clarity and wisdom for the multitude of life circumstances and decisions we face. They weren’t meant to. God wants us to trust Him. God alone has the eternal perspective to know exactly how to best lead and direct our lives!

Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge God, and He will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6

Personal Reflections from Sylane

What is this trusting in God-thing all about?  Are we really supposed to trust God with ALL our heart? Yep.

First, we need to get real about who we really believe God is. Our personal perspective of God is the scale on which our trust in God is measured.

So…How big is your God? How big is my God? Do I really believe that  God is all He claims to be? Do I really believe that God is as big as the Bible says?

Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace, Healer, Savior, Restorer, Shelter, Strength, Lamb who was Slain, Forgiver of Sins, Destroyer of Death, Transformer of minds, Renewer of hearts, Just, Wise, Perfect, Holy, Alpha and Omega–Beginning and the End, Creator of ALL that exists, Unfailing LOVE, The WAY, The TRUTH, The LIFE

Wow…and those are just a few of the claims and names of God revealed in Scripture! So, what’s not to trust about all that?

Still when the stuff of life gets tough, frustrating, over-whelming, out-of-control, maddening, scary, lonely, dark or just plain stupid–my natural, first response is often to try to figure out a way (“lean on my own understanding”) to gain control of the situation–as quickly as possible, and relieve the pain–as much as possible.

Secondly, trusting God is about getting really honest not only about who I believe God is, but also getting really honest about who I really am. I am NOT God. I am not the Sovereign One of the universe. I am not Perfect Love. I am not Transcending Peace. And I really don’t have all the answers. Don’t faint–this is just how it is.

Trusting God with all my heart is about being humble. Humble enough to trust in God–even when I don’t like, or understand, my circumstances. (A recurring experience for me over my nearly 50 years!)

Trusting God with all my heart is believing who God is: LOVE (1 John 4:8), and what God can do: “with God all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26). And trusting God is about believing that God really knows what He’s doing and His love for me is unfailing.

How big is my God? Far bigger than my own understanding. So…I think I’ll lean on Him. I’m a lot safer that way.

In love, peace and purposeful passion,