My Grace-Full Life

4.2.19 Praise & Prayer Prompt: Comfortable Verses

PRAISE & PRAYER PROMPT ••• I love denim.
I joke around that one of the major benefits of being self-employed is the ability to wear blue jeans most days of the week.
My love for denim has even translated to my furniture and I have a denim couch.
In fact, it’s my second denim couch.
Denim is comfortable.
Even when it’s new, it feels familiar.
And comfortable and familiar are some of our favorite things, right?
If I could apply some denim attributes to Bible verses, Proverbs 3:5 would be at the top of the list.
It says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.”
It’s a well-worn, comfortable, and familiar passage.
But the problem with comfortable and familiar is that we often take it for granted.
Let’s slow down and read that verse again more slowly.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart.”
Not occasionally.
Not partially.
With your whole heart.
We throw that concept around a lot but let’s think about it—who do you trust with all your heart?
Hopefully, you have an answer.
But have they ever let you down and disappointed you?
Likely they have because they are human and humans make mistakes.
Yet you still trust them.
But do you give God the same level of trust?
When we talk about trusting or loving with our whole heart, the only one who will never break your heart or trust is the Lord!
He is the one who is worthy of our trust, but how often do we hold back from Him?
Let’s go to the second part, “Do not lean on your own understanding.”
I’ve used this analogy before, but our view of circumstances is crazy small.
In the tapestry of life, we have our noses pressed up against it and can only see the small square in front of us.
We can’t see the big picture.
So we can’t always trust our limited view when God sees the whole masterpiece.
Trusting in Him, no matter how we see our little corner of things, is what gives true comfort.
Even if it’s not always comfortable.
Remember, God is more interested in our character than making us comfortable.
Today, as you pray, thank God for being completely trustworthy.
Ask the Holy Spirit to help you trust in God’s view of the big picture, rather than your own limited view.

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