test Him…trust Him…

16 Oct 07 Scripture:  Malachi 3:10

“Test me in this,” says the LORD Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it.”

Observation

Although the Israelites had been robbing the Lord their God of the complete tithe that He had required of them, He challenged them to trust in Him and to test Him to see if He would come through on the promises that He made with their forefathers.  I see that prior to this particular passage of scripture, God told them, “I am the Lord, I change not.”  With that simple phrase, God reminded Israel that despite all of their shortcomings and their lack of adherence to the commands that He had given them, He would still bless them should they turn from their ways and begin to do as He asked.

Application

There are so many things that I have not trusted the Lord with—so many things that I know that He could and would come through on, but I have yet to fully through the weight of my faith and trust behind Him.  Perhaps I have trust issues from my past, perhaps I want to protect myself from feeling disappointment and regret, perhaps I fear being out of control and not knowing what will happen if I were ever to relinquish it fully.  Whatever the reason, the Lord remains constant and asks me…better yet, He bids me…to come and to trust in Him.  He asks me plainly in His word to test Him to see if He would come through.  In His word I read that He is not capable of lying, for even if He did lie it would be truth because he is incapable of lying—does your brain hurt from that statement right there?!  All He asks of me is to test Him and He promises to open the floodgates of heaven to pour out a blessing—to pour out change—upon my life.  Some questions…Why is it so easy for us to perpetuate the lie that the enemy plants within us?  Why is it so easy to trust in ourselves rather than trust in someone who will ALWAYS come through?  Why do we not believe in His word but readily believe in the lies and deception that the enemy places before us?  It is the human condition to believe in concrete things that are before us, but it is truly divine to trust in, believe in, and have faith in those things that we cannot see.  I firmly believe that I have not given the Lord a real chance to come through for me in the clutch—for if I had truly believed that He could come through and did come through for me then I would NEVER EVER doubt Him again.  Today I have made the decision to relinquish all control of my life.  Today I have made the decision to trust that the Lord will always come through.  It is time…

Prayer

Lord, I have not trusted in You.  I have doubted that You could come through for me and as a result I have withheld from you my complete trust and faith.  I am sorry. 

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Please help me to let go of everything that I have held so tightly for fear of things falling apart.  You have told me that it’s time that I begin to exercise the power of faith that You have placed within me.  You have asked me to test You, to give You the opportunity to prove me wrong and to prove Yourself true, faithful, trustworthy, and to be God and Lord of all.  I know that You will not disappoint me and that as a result of me completely trusting in You blessings unimaginable will begin to come my way.  I don’t mind waiting for You because I know You will come.  Today I am letting go.  Amen.

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~ by visionaryvanguard on Tuesday, 2007 October 16.

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