Do We Hold Back Things From God? (Part 1)

“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).

When asked if they trust God, most Christians respond, “Yes, of course I do.” Some, however, only trust God with things they think are “spiritual,” like salvation, peace, and help through struggles. But the Christian faith demands we hold nothing back, because truly He is Lord:

“As for the word that he sent to Israel, preaching good news of peace through Jesus Christ, He is Lord of all” (Acts 10:36).

In his first letter, John cautioned Christians against holding on to idols:

“Little children, keep yourselves from idols” (1 John 5:21).

When we come to Jesus, God graciously places us on a status as “children,” having been adopted into His family (John 1:12; Romans 8:16-17). But He also claims lordship over our lives. Our lives should submit to Him in all things, otherwise we cannot claim Him as Lord:

“Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do what I tell you?” (Luke 6:46).

People want to retain control of portions of their lives. “I’ll surrender my soul to God, but not my business.” We like to hold onto things, to make sure they go our way. But in doing this, we fail to recognize God’s willingness to bless and care for all of our lives. Why do people feel reluctant to trust God with everything? Here are some possibilities:

1. They never trusted God to form their dreams.
Dreams, plans, and goals may arise from any number of places, but they should all begin with God. Many fail to do this because they want to run their own lives.

2. They fear that God will sabotage their carefully laid-out plans.
Many do not take their total lives to God in prayer because they fear God’s response. “What if God doesn’t like my plans for school, career, or retirement?” They made up their minds as to what would make them happy, and do not want God “short-changing” them.

3. They have a narrow view of God’s role as Lord of our lives.
As we mention above, some feel God belongs in the “spiritual” realm, not in the nuts and bolts of life. In tomorrow’s devotion, we will examine this from the Bible.

Our God is worthy of our child-like trust in Him for all matters. He will never steer us wrong, nor will He lead us to hurtful places. Tomorrow we will explore why the wise person entrusts everything to God.

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