Where is the time going?! I feel like deadlines and writing have me losing track of time. Today I am going to write for just one verse and I’ll write about the other tomorrow.

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Passage

Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.

Proverbs 3:5 ESV

Trust in and rely confidently on the Lord with all your heart
And do not rely on your own insight or understanding.

Proverbs 3:5 AMP

Process

Is it me, or do you find yourself pulling away from God when you encounter a situation you don’t understand?

It could be an illogical situation, you’ve done everything the right way but the outcome did not end as you hoped.

It could be that suddenly life turns on its head, everything seem to be out of place, everyone seems to have lost their good sense, and nothing is how you believe it should be.

It could be that everything seems perfect, it can’t get any better, only to realize it is not as it appears.

It could be your situation seems challenging, only to deduct that you actually are in a favorable position. 

I think of it as, “good” or “bad” it is all in God’s control.

We thank Him for the successes, we thank Him for the failures. Because in the end, when we are in relationship with Him, it will all workout. It is all leading to our good.

Therefore, if good and bad, in our eyes, is misleading. It is misleading because we have a subjective view of any situation. We see it from our needs, wants, desires, comfort, our pain.

We don’t always stop to see it objectively. Seeing our circumstances from the perspective of how it is shaping our character. How a situation is developing our relationship with God. How our dilemma is teaching us to listen and move as the Holy Spirit nudges.

This is why we should praise Him anyhow, as they used to say when I was little.

It’s good. Praise Him.

It’s bad. Praise Him.

It’s meh… Praise Him!

Because He has a plan for it all. Our greatest confidence in any situation should be that God is God.

[shareable cite=”Dana Pittman”]Our greatest confidence in any situation should be that God is God.[/shareable]

I am trying to keep is short, sorry. But I must point this out. This is soooooo important.

Our thoughts can go left and leave our common sense, our good judgement, and our new self in the dust.

We encounter the unexpected and we relinquish our peace and cling to confusion.

We encounter God’s favor and we puff up our chests and fail to acknowledge the Source of all good things.

Therefore I believe our disposition should be one of easy-breezy. 🙂 Not being dictated by circumstances but stable in God.

The Principle

Christian should not depend on our own understanding but rely on the certainty of God.

Practical

Keep working on the same task.

Grab a small piece of paper like an index card. I would like for you to carry it in your pocket all day. Write down your internal thoughts. If you think about the same thing more than once, place a check mark next to it.

At the end of the day, consider, whether your thoughts were God honoring and how you can shift your thoughts concerning those matters. Place the paper in your bible or somewhere for review at the end of the week.

Consider this: When your heart grows faint what do you do? How do you respond? Are you actively placing your trust in God?

“Put It In Your Pocket”

Reliance in God is a choice I am exercising with my thoughts.

My Prayer

Father,

You know the beginning, middle and end. Help me to rely on You. Help me to accept where you have empowered me but to release what You deem out of my area of understanding.

May I grow in my trust and confidence in You will and way towards me.

In Jesus’ name,

Amen.

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Day 20 Preview

I am planning to write about Proverbs 3:6 tomorrow. Are you writing along? If so, comment and I’ll head over to your blog.

“See” you tomorrow.

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