When Lloyd and I were at Dallas Theological Seminary – we discipled recovering addicts and their wives as they tried to rebuild their marriages. One of the statements I consistently made to them was that I had the sense not to trust my husband, but rather to trust God in all things. I trust God completely. The Lord knows what’s best for me — even more than my beloved husband does — The Lord knows. I trust that the Lord has given Lloyd to me as my husband; I trust that Lloyd follows the Lord’s direction; therefore, I trust Lloyd’s reliance on the Lord. I have applied this same principle to myself, realizing that I can’t trust my heart or my own knowledge to make decisions because my heart is deceitful and wicked AND my knowledge comes from my very limited experience here on this earth. The One who made me, however, has a heart that has nothing wrong in it — His knowledge encompasses all of what has been known; all that is known; and all that will be known. Where He leads me does not always make sense to me but I can testify that as I have learned to rely on His heart and His wisdom, the paths before me have been plain/unencumbered. We all struggle with giving another control of our lives, submission is not easy for anyone. I challenge you to give God a chance to show you what He can do and who He is. He won’t lie to you; His promises are yes and amen; He is unwavering; He is dependable; He desires that your life be rich and full; He has plans that include a hopeful future for you. If that isn’t enough – even when His will for you makes you cry – He is there to comfort you deeply in ways that no other can. When you don’t understand why something has happened, you can rely on the fact that His understanding is far above yours and that not even the worst circumstance is wasted.** As for me, I’ll just trust Him with my heart and with my life. **Thanks Linda Gawthropfor that reminder!
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. (Proverbs 3:5-6)