These days, I am learning the benefit of slowly studying God’s Word. Verse – by – Verse. Slowly digesting the good news God wants to share with us. Slowing down allows us to take it all in. Including its delight and joy, too.
This is the way we study right here on Gracefully Overcoming, so we can get the most out of our time in the Word. It begun with the book of Ephesians this past summer, and recently we studied Gleaning From the Heart of Jesus in a like manner. Absolute joy! These studies are helping me grow spiritually in abounding ways. I am ready for what awaits us in January (even though I am still hammering down the details)!
Slowing down to meaningfully engage in God’s Word is becoming so important to me. I want to exchange rushing and long reading plans (which work for many people, but my overwhelmed soul needs a slower pace), for the delight, love, nourishment, and healing found in Jesus’ short messages. So, I can become a doer of His Word.
I have been considering the studies I want to pursue for 2017. There are many good things we can study, my friends. We simply need to remember to let it be a vehicle taking us right into His presence. At times, we seem prone to busyness like a bad cold- even in our quiet times with Jesus. To enjoy His presence, let yourself slow down. Escape the urge to stay busy. Becoming more of a Mary than a Martha.
Take God’s Word one small bite at a time. Deliberately, taking our time to graze and delight in the Lord. So, we can get the most out of our time and relationship with God and His powerful Word. This is the place, where real life transformation happens!
Today, I want for us to look at a specific concept. We call it, “trust”. God commands us to place our trust in Him. We need to slow it down, and learn to develop this kind of trust in the Lord.
How are we putting our trust in the Lord, for the choices we make today?
In the Bible, we are taught to trust. Throughout God’s entire Word, there is one word that can be used to define our relationship with God. It is just this, trust. We are taught to trust God.
In Proverbs 3:5-6, we are reminded that trusting God is of greater value to us than any level of understanding we could ever have.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight.
Psalm 37:3-7a talks about trusting the Lord, too. But, this specific passage, Proverbs 3:5-6, is the one God has laid upon my heart. It is the one I am trying to remember, as I make difficult choices. I want to learn what it means to trust God, so He can be the one in charge of my life.
Take-Away: Trusting God is a deliberate action. Consider your own acts of trusting God, and bring it to Him in prayer.