All of me for all of Him
There is a rather famous passage of scripture in the book of Proverbs that goes: “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) As I am thinking about these verses I am wondering how can I acknowledge God in all of my ways? “All of my ways” is intimidating. What that means is that in all that I do, think, and feel I should act in such a way so as to bring recognition to God. He should be shown off in my life in such a way that I would not be ashamed to say that what I am doing I am doing for the Lord. Now I don’t know about you but I can not even begin to pretend that I even come close to this. As a pastor I fail often. As a man I fail often. As a father I fail often. How do put on my coat in acknowledgement of God? How do I think about taxes in this way? When I feel depressed, how can I be down and still bring God glory? Can I?
I believe that we can have the attitude that will enable to live consistently with this admonition. Paul says that we can in one of my favorite verses, 1 Corinthians 10:31. Oddly enough, how to do this begins with talking to my self. Now my grandma, Mammy, used to say “Only crazy people talk to themselves Patrick!” Perhaps, the Bible does say that we are beside our selves for God’s sake. But in Psalm 42 the writer tells himself “Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation.” He reminds himself that God is faithful and can be trusted to save. That hope in God for salvation is the solution to our spiritual failings. Our problem is forgetfulness. We continually need to be reminded and remind ourselves of the great blessings that we have in Christ as a result of salvation. If you take the time to read the first 14 verses of the book of Ephesians you will find at least 13 different benefits that are ours because of our relationship with God through Jesus. I go there myself when I find that I am struggling with acknowledging God in all of my ways. I also read myself Psalm 37:3-6, “Trust in the LORD, and do good; dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness. Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him, and he will act. He will bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your justice as the noonday.” In this Psalm we find three things to do, trust in the LORD, delight yourself in the LORD, and commit your way to the LORD. As we do these things God promises that He will act and bring forth our righteousness as light and justice as the noonday sun. In Jesus all of the promises of the Bible are yes and amen! That means we can be absolutely sure that this is true for any believer in Jesus Christ. Paul says in 2Timothy 2:11-13, “The saying is trustworthy, for: If we have died with him, we will also live with him; if we endure, we will also reign with him; if we deny him, he also will deny us; if we are faithless, he remains faithful-- for he cannot deny himself.” Because God cannot deny Himself I can acknowledge God in all of my ways. If I sin I acknowledge God by repenting. If need to think about my taxes I bring those thoughts to the Lord in gratitude of His good providence in my life. If I need to put a coat on I put it on in an attitude is thankfulness for the warmth that He has provided for me and my family.
I hope that this is a helpful thought. When we are satisfied with all that God is and provides God is most glorified and praised.
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