They were the first verses I memorized as a brand new believer. My tender heart was wrapped up in pursuit of Jesus and the words felt sweetly simple and nearly effortless.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight.”
You can almost see that straight path, can’t you? Us, wholly trusted to God, skipping on down that road, taking life on surrendered to His way.
Twenty plus years into my commitment to Christ and I read those verses with entirely different perspective. Looking back over the curves in my path and my crutch of self-understanding, I realize just how fickle this heart of mine is.
Even with the heart cast aside, my brain can skew understanding and scatter it in a whole bunch of funky directions that seem anything but straight.
Everything in me trusting entirely in Him is so much easier said than done.
I’ve been deep in seeking God for what comes next. So when He wrote “seek” over my heart as my word for 2017, I can’t say I was exactly surprised. I also can’t say I was excited since “seek” feels like it could easily hold hands with other four-letter words like long, hard, wait.
The questions I’m asking are not new and the answers feel about as simple as unwavering trust overlooking a 30-foot drop. If I’m really honest, I have no idea what God is doing, or asking, or pointing toward.
If that feels murky and untidy, that’s because it is. And if I didn’t know God the way I do, saying “I haven’t the foggiest” might feel like I’m doing something wrong, like my faith is too small or my questions too big.
But I’m not wrong, because while I don’t have the answers, I still believe that:
God’s word is absolute.
God’s character is loving, gracious, and just.
God’s plans are good.
I may not know, but God does.
For all of our unanswered questions, God has given His word and promises that say, “Hold tight. Keep seeking. Just wait. This is not in vain.”
“If you seek it like silver and search for it as hidden treasures, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God. For the Lord gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding.” Proverbs 2:4-6
“You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”
“Every word of God proves true;
He is a shield to those who take refuge in Him.” Proverbs 30:5
There is no might or maybe to God’s word. If we WILL seek, we WILL find, because He IS God and His EVERY word IS true. He wouldn’t tell us that unless we need the reminder time and again.
I don’t know what God is doing, but I know who He is. Seeking and waiting are not simple, but finding Him is worthy consolation. The longer I seek, the greater my gratitude for where He has me now, my expectancy for what He will do in the future, and my desire to know Him more every single day.
I don’t know what God is doing, but I know that He is God.
If you are in a season of seeking, can we link arms and believe together that whatever God is writing over us, He is doing with great authority, full understanding, and unwavering love?
Can we declare that what He wants for us is what we want too because His plans are good and His timing is ideal? Can we agree that while this season may not be easy and this path may feel anything but straight, we will trust God more than we trust ourselves?
Can we lift our voices and say, “When my heart whispered, ‘Seek God,’ my whole being replied, ‘I’m seeking Him!'” (Psalm 27:8 MSG)
Father, I don’t know what this year holds, but I know You hold it. Every day has been written by Your sovereign hand from before the beginning. Your plans are good, and I want what You want for me, Lord, so I rest in your timing. I will seek after You with my whole heart and believe in the fullness of Your word. I won’t chase after what isn’t for me, but rather pursue wisdom, watch for opportunity, and wait for open doors trusting that You will give me courage to walk through them. Your grace is sufficient to cover my weakness, so Lord, make me brave. Bring me what You have for me and I will do it—even if I don’t get it all right, even if I do it afraid. In Jesus’ name, amen. ♥
You can also find these words linked up at my favorite spots: Jennifer Dukes Lee (#tellhisstory), Holley Gerth (#coffeeforyourheart), Kristin Hill Taylor (#threewordwednesday), 3dlessons4life (#thoughtprovokingthursday), Grace at Home, Heart Encouragement Thursday, and Arabah Joy’s Grace & Truth.