Trust: Do you Trust God with your Whole Heart?
How many of you have done something that you have gotten in trouble for? How many of you have gotten in trouble by your parents for picking on your brother or sister? Have many of you have gotten in trouble for not sharing your toys or for taking toys from someone else? How many of you have gotten in trouble for doing something that your parents told you not to do?
While growing up, I have seen a lot of people get in trouble. I saw Jonah get in trouble by God and swallowed by a fish for running away from God. I saw King David get in trouble when he chose to fight Goliath instead of taking care of his brothers. I saw Peter get in trouble when he failed to trust and have hope in Jesus. I even saw Paul get in trouble. Do you know why Jonah, David, Peter, and Paul get into so much trouble? Because they didn’t listen to God–like sometimes when we don’t listen to our parents, we, too, get in trouble. Not only did they not listen, but they didn’t trust in what God wanted them to do. They may have trusted God a little but not with their whole heart.
When we choose to trust in God with our whole heart, God gives us strength, peace, good health, and courage. King Solomon reminds us of this trust when he writes in Proverbs Chapter Three, “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not rely on your own insight” (3:5). What King Solomon is saying, is that if we take the time to trust God and to listen to God–like we are to do with our parents–God will protect us from not getting in trouble. Sometimes to stay away from trouble we must remember what we are told and not do what we want. When we do as we are told, God will bless us. This blessing is known as eh’sher.
Eh’sher is what we get when we trust and listen to God. Proverbs 3:13 says, “Blessed are those who find wisdom and those who get understanding.” God wants to bless us with strength, peace, laughter, and happiness; but we need to learn to listen and trust Him with our whole heart. Even when we do something bad and we get in trouble for it, remember that God is always here for you. You just have to be willing to trust in Him.
Your Friend, Holy Spirit!
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