Tuesday 23 Jan 2018
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John 3:16

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

Trusting God with all our heart

Proverbs 3:5 - 6 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.

At the center of the heart of the fallen man, can be found what this godly counsel addresses. The fuel that the rebellious heart of the fallen man draws upon to feed the burning desires of his sinful nature is what these verses cautions against. The desire by man to walk and do things in his own way with total disregard for God and his instructions. The chapter goes on to enlighten us on the benefits of bringing God and his counsel into the center of our existence.

But the reprobate man/nature(Genesis 3:1-5) challenges this position by asking "Why am i not free to chart my own destiny? Why must i acknowledge the Lord in everything i do, why must i even acknowledge him at all?". Of course this he ask from the position of rebellion which his nature had already been declared, he asked not only out of rebellion, but also from the position of ignorance.

What ignorance? The ignorance of the simple but nevertheless profound purpose for man's existence on earth. To start with, man was made in the image of God , made for fellowship with God and his chief goal on earth remains to glorify God in all he does. He belongs to God, was made for God's glory, to serve Him, to worship Him and to live for Him.

This is how the Psalmist help us to capture this relationship:

Psalm 95:6 - 7  Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker;

for he is our God and we are the people of his pasture, the flock under his care......

In addition,  this commandment handed down to man helps him to understand how the relationship is meant to be consummated:

Mark 12:30  Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.

If we are made for his purpose and glory, then it remains that it is only by maintaining a close relationship with him that we can begin to understand our purpose and our journey here on earth.

This leads to the next question, how do i walk in this trust? To find out the answer we need to look at the gospel, focusing of Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith as Christians

Philippians 2:8 And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross!

Our prayer should always be that we be clothed with the spirit of humility that is found in Christ, in our daily walk with our Maker.