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Sink, Swim, or Walk with Him

August 13, 2011 by  
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“But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him”  (Hebrews 11:6)

The Bible says this about trusting God, “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding” (Proverbs 3:5).

Furthermore, it tells us that “He who trusts in himself is a fool. . .” (Proverbs 28:26). Still, most of us have difficulty trusting God at least at one point or another in our walk with Him.   If we remain focused on God, then the trust comes much easier. If we lose our focus on God then we either sink or swim, but we are no longer holding His hand and trusting Him fully. 

I am reminded of times when man was asked to rely upon God. Things didn’t make sense in the natural world but God had spoken nonetheless. I am remembering Genesis 6-8, where God was speaking with Noah to build the ark. It sure didn’t make sense if Noah were to look around at circumstance, but God spoke and Noah was obedient in faith.  Noah remained focused on what God had instructed him to do. Noah walked with God.

Later in Genesis (15-17), God promised Abraham a son. Abraham and his wife, Sarah, were both old at that time and ended up waiting a long time for God to fulfill that promise. They didn’t fully trust God at one point and did a “swimming”. You might remember Sarah giving Abraham her handmaiden to produce a son with.   God still fulfilled the promise (amazing how He does that even when we get our hand in the middle of things at times) and gave Abraham and Sarah the son He promised them.

In order to trust in God, we must totally surrender our will, our ideas, our desires into God’s most capable hands. God does have our best interest at heart. He knows all about us and He knows all of the circumstance, even future events, so we must remember this and trust Him as we expect our own children to do. Many times a child will not understand danger or why we say “yes” or “no” to their desire or ideas, but we do know more than they do and we also have their best interest at heart. In spite of any circumstance, we always have God’s promise that the trials and tests that we go through are for our good (Romans 8:28, Hebrews 12:2, 2 Corinthians 4:17, James 1:2). We learn that it is through trust that our relationship with God strengthens and our love for Him grows.

“Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the LORD God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you. . .” (1 Chronicles 28:20).

I am reminded of the story of Peter walking on the water. As soon as Peter took the focus off of Jesus, he began to sink. Jesus asked him why he doubted. Why indeed!!?! I have found myself in this same situation, perhaps you have as well.  I have found that a weakness of mine is that I often try to handle things myself. I equate this with Peter. We can either sink, which is giving up.

We can swim, which is handling the problem ourselves. We can walk, which is blind obedience and faith in Him. Regardless of which path we choose, I have found that God always brings His children back to walking with Him. Let us choose not to sink, not to swim, but to immediately walk after Him. I want to take His hand and walk with Him. I am sure you do as well.

Thank You, Lord for the opportunity to walk with You. Thank You that You have a plan for each of us. Thank You, Lord, for never failing us, that we can ALWAYS trust in You, even when things look bleak, when we are afraid, when we have no idea what to do. Thank You, Lord for making us Your children. We will walk with You, Lord. Thank You for Your hand, we take it now. Please guide us, Lord and show us Your path. In Jesus name, amen.

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