“THINGS WHICH EYE HAS NOT SEEN AND EAR HAS NOT HEARD, AND which HAVE NOT ENTERED THE HEART OF MAN, ALL THAT GOD HAS PREPARED FOR THOSE WHO LOVE HIM.” 1 Corinthians 2:9
I attended a conference this past weekend and while I was there I went to a session in which a married couple shared their love story. An engaging and beautiful story about how God brought them together and how they trusted Him for their relationship.
The speakers were Eric & Leslie Ludy, authors of the top-selling relationship book:
I was in awe of this incredible story. When I left the session, I was pumped about how God works in lives. I have seen Him time and time again provide similarly in my life through His provision with finances or His great protection but I never really thought about how, if we only trust Him that way in every area, of course He would reveal Himself in amazing and awesome ways.
But what shocked me was the feedback I heard from others who attended the same session; some youth as well as other leaders… saying it’s “unrealistic.”
Why is so it unrealistic? I thought. That is exactly how God works!
Instead of continuing to take things into their own hands, the Ludy’s completely trusted God to provide their future spouse and He totally came through. God provided exactly what each of them wanted, like He will do and has done so many times before for those who fully trust Him!
Just imagine how we take things into our own hands, like with our finances when we use credit cards to purchase things.
“Don’t use credit cards?!” You think… “Unrealistic!”
But what if??
When we use credit, we are controlling how we get things. Many times, I would say, it is for something we don’t truly need but even when there are times of “emergency,” using a credit card to pay for said “emergency” is taking it out of God’s hands. That “emergency” has been filtered through God’s loving fingers; it’s a test…a trial… and how we respond to it can easily take away an opportunity for God to work in an amazing and awesome way and also says a great deal about what we are truly placing our trust in.
Had I borrowed money for groceries or gas at one of the many times we had nothing left in our account or in our pockets, I would have missed God ringing our doorbell or pushing our car. God works in amazing and wonderful ways and His intent is for us to experience exactly that in this life He has planned for us. How many other times have I missed an opportunity to allow God to work in my life because I decided, like Sarai, to take matters into my own hands?
Like Eric and Leslie’s story, God has been working in love lives for ages… read the story of Isaac and Rebekah (Genesis 24:14-20) or how God intervened to be sure Sarah was not defiled by Abimelek…
“Then God said to him in the dream, “Yes, I know that in the integrity of your heart you have done this, and I also kept you from sinning against Me; therefore I did not let you touch her.” Genesis 20:6
Why don’t we fully trust God? Because it’s hard. Sure, it’s hard. It’s supposed to be hard!! If it wasn’t hard, it wouldn’t be called faith.
“Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” Hebrews 11:1 (NIV)
What would happen if we truly trusted God for every aspect of our lives?
Just imagine it… what life could truly be like, how easy it would be to see God working, how our lives would be changed and lives around us affected!
“Who does great things, unfathomable, And wondrous works without number.” Job 9:10
Is there something you need to give up control of? Is it time to trust God’s plan for your life? God wants what’s best for you, He always has. Give it to God and see how He responds.