Even though Proverbs 3:5 says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding,” has always been one of my favorite verses, I have recently come to the conclusion that I really have not been applying it to my life.
Why is it that we seem to think the Christian life is supposed to be a bed of roses? Even if it was, let me remind you that roses have thorns and you might get pricked. In John 16:33, Jesus tells us that in this world we will have troubles but to take heart because He has overcome the world.
After all the years I have been a Christian one would think that I wouldn’t be surprised to realize again just how much God really does love me. It is when He does something for me that I know I do not deserve and that I certainly did not earn that the words of Ephesians 3:18 come to mind.
Why is it that we think we can hide from God? If you have ever read Psalm 139, you must know hiding from God is impossible. That chapter in the Bible happens to be one of my favorite and yet there are times that I think I can keep Him at arm’s length.
Hope is my middle name. I’m not just saying that, it truly is. I love that it is because it reminds me of so much. There are many scriptures in the Bible pertaining to hope. The one that sticks out most to me is Hebrews 11:1 “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the convictions of things not seen.”
What is it that we hope for? More importantly, how do we have faith to believe that what we hope for will happen? I found the answer to the second question in Hebrews 6. This chapter assures me that God keeps His promises. He cannot lie.
How often have we asked God to use us? Use me God, Use me. I’m sure God hears those words more than we can count. Do we really mean it though? Or is it just something we say without thinking it through. We so often say the words but in reality we don’t want the work that it involves.