Just a few words to encourage you.
This week I was reflecting on a well known passage, Prov. 3:5-6:
“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.”
I was thinking through this idea of trusting God with “all my heart”. This command to trust God with all our heart is crucial in helping us avoid the trap of trusting God with only some or part of our heart. Yet, that’s where I live so many times in my walk with the Lord, trusting him with only parts and not the whole.
I’m a huge fan of waffles. My boys are too. They love it when I get up early on a Saturday morning and make Belgian waffles for the family. We pile on the butter and syrup and all of us make sure that each square of the waffle is filled with dripping goodness! (My body thanks me that we only do this every now and then.)
But like the squares on a waffle that hold their own compartment of syrup, we many times compartmentalize the different parts of our lives and separate them from one another: our career, marriage, our children, friendships, finances, health, dreams, the list goes on and on.
When it comes to trusting God we many times choose what compartments we’re going to trust him with. We might be ok with trusting him with a majority of them, but we’ll keep a select few to carry ourselves. Yet, He calls us to trust Him with our whole heart, leaving no square unturned.
Think about it this way. Imagine making a beautiful golden waffle and spreading butter and syrup into every square except for one square in the middle and then in that one single square in the middle you spoon in some fresh steaming cow manure. (Disgusting, I know….Stay with me) Despite the manure being in only one square out of the entire waffle, how excited would you be about diving in to eat? You wouldn’t, because that one tainted square keeps you from enjoying the whole waffle. The same is true when it comes to trusting God with our lives. Compartmentalizing and holding back even one area of our life will eventually corrupt the whole. God wants our whole heart not because he’s selfish, but because he knows he’s trustworthy and that’s what’s best for us.
Let me encourage you to do a spiritual inventory. Pause right now and ask yourself this question, “Is there an area in my life that I continue to rely on my own understanding and strength to manage?”
Remember our understanding is brittle and incomplete. That’s why God tells us not to lean on it. Trust in The Lord.
Give him every area of your life…….give Him the whole waffle.