6/17/13

A Lamp Full: Trust


The natural consequence that comes to those who depart from the way of the Lord is that they are left to their own strength. While in the heat of our success we might assume that our own strength is sufficient, those who rely upon the arm of the flesh soon discover how weak and unreliable it truly is.
Joseph B. Wirthlin
 

 
My favorite story in all of scripture is David and Goliath. I remember as a child listening to a dramatization of this story on an old scratchy record player. It came to life for me in the living room. As a child, I just loved the cool story. As an adult, I am completely enthralled with the lessons it teaches. David was a just a child when Goliath of Gath challenged Israel to find someone to beat him. The greatest warriors in the land were too scared. But young David had absolutely no doubt that if the Lord would attend him, he could defeat the giant. All it took was one smooth stone to bring down Goliath. But could David have had this victory had he gone to battle all alone. If he were left to his own strength would he have been so fortunate?

I believe the answer is no. He did not win because of his own great skill, for he was a shepherd and had no skill in battle. He did not win by sheer dumb luck either. He won because he put his trust in God and not in the flesh. He allowed himself to be an instrument in the Lord's hand to testify to us that He lives and wants to bless us.

This prophetic quote by Ezra Taft Benson sums up the way David lived his young life and the way I am striving to live mine.

“Men and women who turn their lives over to God will discover that He can make a lot more out of their lives than they can. He can deepen their joys, expand their vision, quicken their minds, strengthen their muscles, lift their spirits, multiply their blessings, increase their opportunities, comfort their souls, and pour out peace.”

I know in my own life I have been a recipient of this promise. But there are times when I am proud and want to do things my way. It is at those times when I realize that although I am capable of some things, the lord helps me to be capable of many. Some of which I never believed I could do, at least not on my own.

My three year old loves to tell me, I can do it myself. For some things, that is true. And I want him to. He needs to learn independence. But for many things, although he certainly is capable of doing a little, it is so much more effective when I help him. Take cracking eggs for example. Can he do it? Yes! Should he do it? Absolutely not. He trusts that I will help him...most of the time.


 
The same is true in my relationship with my Father in Heaven. I can do a lot of things on my own. But although I am capable, I find that if I trust Him to help, I am so much more effective. I have complete trust in the fact that my Father wants what is best for me. His happiness comes from my happiness. When I allow Him to guide me and trust enough to follow, I find greater success than I ever thought possible. None of us need to make the journey of life alone. If we will allow Him to lead us, he will lead us, as he did young David to do the impossible.

How do we gain trust in our Father?
  • Allow Him to help. Plead for it. And when you have your answer, do it.
  • Keep His commandments. Blessings come from obedience. David was victorious because he did all that he was asked to do.
We can not borrow trust from another. We must have our own lamps full in order that when the path in front of us seems dark, we are willing to step forward anyway, having faith that God will illuminate the way.

Fill your lamps here.

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6 comments:

  1. Oh that pic is priceless- and perfectly illustrates your point!

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  2. What a wonderful devotional with several excellent points and an adorable picture. Thank you for a lovely visit.

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  3. What a great analogy of your son and eggs. "Can he do it? Yes! Should he do it? Absolutely not." Great sentence!!! The results are far different if we allow God's strength to flow through us. What a great article.

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  4. Thanks Kaye and Rosilind for visiting and for your sweet words.

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  5. So very wise, and such a needed reminder.

    Steph

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