Believe AND Rely

“Did I not tell you and promise you that if you would believe and rely on Me, you would see the glory of God?” John 11:40 (Amp)

Have you ever prayed about something and placed it in the Lord's hands intending to leave it there, only to find that later you've picked it up again and are wrestling with how to work it out on your own?

No? You mean it's just me?

Ok, I admit it - I sometimes do this. Not all the time, but when there's a particularly troublesome situation in my life, I tend to want to help God figure it all out.  I present him with all the possible solutions I can think of and then give him about ten minutes to pick one.

He must get a real chuckle out of this crazy, little daughter of his.

I notice that the verse above says that God promises that if I will believe Him and RELY on Him, I will see His glory. It's the relying part that sometimes trips me up.  I tend to be self-reliant, which is why I find myself on my knees so often, praying my way out of sticky situations.

Father, forgive my foolishness and teach me to not only believe on you, but to rely on you to direct my footsteps and to get me through all life's ups and downs without any help from me. I'll just hold onto your hand and be a good little girl!

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Debbie said...

I can totally relate! You are not alone Jan. But slowly I am learning that He alone is trustworthy and I can rely on Him for all things. It has taken challenging times for me to get to this place though. He is my strength!


Jan said...

Thanks, Debbie - I think we are all on that learning path. We'll just keep putting one foot in front of the other, keeping our eyes on Jesus!