Do We Hold Back Things From God? (Part 2)

“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).

Yesterday we examined some reasons why people fail to trust God with everything. They hold back things from God, such as personal dreams, life’s ambitions, and even their relationships. But God is worthy of our trust.

Why should we trust God with everything?

1. He made everything.
In His role as creator, God not only created everything, He sustains it:

“For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together” (Colossians 1:16-17).

The Creator has rights to His creation. We, on the other hand, do not.

2. God can only do us good.
Many Christians stumble here. They fear that God wants to make them unhappy by calling them to some far-off region of the earth. But God will only do us good:

“The Lord is good to all, and his mercy is over all that he has made” (Psalm 145:9).

“Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!” (Psalm 34:8).

In the last verse, the writer says because God is good, we can place our trust in Him.

3. God’s will for us includes personal holiness.
God wants His children to pursue Him in all of life, and to pursue holiness. God’s will is for us to be holy (1 Thessalonians 4:3), just like He is:

“But as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, since it is written, ‘You shall be holy, for I am holy’ ” (1 Peter 1:15-16).

God takes us through things in order to draw us close to Him. His will must prevail, and it will. We can go willingly, or reluctantly. But since He only desires our good, we would be wise to eagerly submit to Him in anything.

Life comes with twists and turns, and with some disappointments, but our wise God leads us to safety as we abide in His will. Submit your life, your entire life, to Him, and you will never be disappointed.

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