Ever have those days that just don’t seem to go the way you expect or hope for? The Lord showed me today that it isn’t always a lack of faith that impedes prayer being answered but rather that we are leaning on our own understanding and not trusting in Him with our whole heart!
One year ago, the Lord gave me this verse in preparation for selling our home:
It is from Proverbs 3:26-27.
For the Lord shall be your confidence, firm and strong, and shall keep your foot from being caught in a trap or some hidden danger. Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due (its rightful owners (or in our case new owners)) when it is in the power of your hand to do it.
Over the course of this past year, Bruce and I have been faithful in putting our hands to doing good with the idea of blessing the new owners. We have looked after and cared for every corner of this home and done as much as our hands were able to do.
Today we can walk through this home and know we have left nothing untouched. We desire to pass on a blessing to the new owners and we want to bless the new owners with a well cared for home. Today, I am saying, Father bless the work of our hands. May the favour of the Lord rest upon us, upon this house and land and establish for us the work of our hands.
And there it is plainly written in clear ink. He doesn’t want me to miss this.
‘And the Lord shall be your confidence.’
It is God’s intent that I shall have my full confidence in Him. He knows the way I take and He knows my weakness and frailty; my tendency to lean in and trust in my own understanding.
He has shown me my need to repent for leaning on my own understanding as it pertains to selling the house. I leaned on it when I thought of all the big projects that are in progress for the North and I fully expected the house to be sold immediately.
That was my hope and prayer anyway because I didn’t think I would like to or be able to keep the house in show ready condition. And there it is again…the leaning on my own understanding.
Little did I know that I would LIKE keeping my home in show ready condition! I have been learning discipline in a little different area and I am thoroughly enjoying the end result. There are still areas I need to shore up on, but as I grow there will always be areas I need to shore up on.
When the first people came through on the first showing and didn’t buy it, I knew then this experience would be different from when we sold in Hanna AB. Then, the couple had made an offer even before the for sale sign was in the ground! I know God rarely does the same thing twice, so I should have known better.
As the Lord has been revealing to me about my leaning on my own understanding, I can see how I have swerved from the Way of trusting and relying completely on Him. As I read Proverbs 3:5-6 I am not blind to the fact that it clearly tells us we are to trust in the Lord with all our heart and lean not upon our own understanding. In every area of life we are to acknowledge Him and He will direct and make straight and plain our path. But first, we must be trusting Him with our whole heart.
God is holy and righteous and is not going to change in order to fit into my errant ways. Instead, He is going to mold me and shape me and sometimes that means I am in the refining fire having the dross of my life removed. (That’s where I have been lately!)
He will clearly reveal to my heart the folly of my ways and leaves it up to me to make a change. He has given me a choice and I choose repentance. You see, I was imagining scenarios of what would be taking place up here in view of some of the big projects that have been announced. And right now? today, it doesn’t look a bit like what I was imagining and trusting in!
And so I choose and turn from being wise in my own eyes and decide once again to worship and trust the Lord my God. My Father says He will teach me in the Way of skillful and godly wisdom. I may be a bit of a slow learner but He reminds me to look around, look back and see all the upright paths He has led me on.
On that path of uprightness? He promises that my steps will not be hampered, my path will be clear and open and when I run I shall not stumble. But Beloved, the key is to be trusting in the Lord with all of our hearts. He accepts nothing else!
Oh, the goodness of God’s word! No immediate sale of our home would have taught me about, or revealed to me this deeper layer of trusting God with all my heart. His plans for me are good and His timing is perfect.
Proverbs 3:13-14 says I am blessed, fortunate, happy and to be envied because I have found and chosen to cleave to skillful and godly wisdom, drawing it forth from God’s word and life’s experiences.
The gaining of wisdom is better than the gaining of silver, and the profit of it better than fine gold.
One more experience in life to teach me why God’s word is greater than gold! Nothing can be compared to the amazing Wisdom and love of God.
Can you think of some areas God is wanting you to wholly trust in His Word, His Name and His heart? I need to trust His Name of Jehovah Jireh, the God who provides.
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