Sunday Devotion: The Reliability Factor

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“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;” Proverbs 3:5 (NIV)

As the kids and I climbed into my Explorer last week to make the four hour trip back home after visiting family for a couple of weeks, I began to question the reliability of my vehicle. Although it’s not extremely old, my vehicle has quite a lot of miles on it.

Even though we try to take care of our vehicle with scheduled maintenances and checkups, I still felt a little concerned. While pondering all the possible things that could go wrong, I felt the Lord ask me two simple questions. “Where is your confidence? Is it in your vehicle or in me?”

I felt a peace come over me as I realized we should never place our reliance or confidence in material things. Only in God should our complete confidence be placed.

It doesn’t matter whether you’ve just purchased a brand new vehicle with the highest reliability rating on the market. There are no guarantees it won’t break down as soon as you drive it off the lot.

We only have guarantees in the Lord. He guarantees He will be there for us if we place our sole confidence in Him.

In case you are wondering, we made it home without any incidents whatsoever. However, had something gone wrong, because I placed my reliance on God, He would have worked things out to make sure we were safe and taken care of.

One of my favorite verses in the Bible is Romans 8:28.

“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” (KJV)

I have leaned on this verse many times in my life when people or things have let me down. Since we rely on God, he’s always worked things out for me and my family, even if it wasn’t the way we had envisioned. He will do the same for you also, if you put your complete confidence in Him.

Prayer Time: Ask God to show you the areas in your life that you need to rely on Him more and to help you place your confidence in Him and not material things.

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Posted on June 14th, 2009 in Mom's Corner | 3 Comments
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  • Mindy says:

    Thank you for a great reminder.

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  • Michelle Norwood Rogers says:

    This reminds me of when you were little, little, little (I don’t know how old). You were going somewhere with Grandmother. She said that you two got in the car and it wouldn’t start. So, she stopped and told you and you two were going to pray for God to make the car start because she had to go somewhere. So, you two prayed. She said that she tried to start the car again and it still wouldn’t start. There was silence for just a minute. Then, she said that you suddenly said, “Jesus, you’re not doing your job!” and when she tried the car again it started instantly.

    I know some would go crazy at this story, saying that we can’t tell God what to do. He’s not our servant. And, I fully agree with that. But, that’s not what I see in this story. I see that childlike faith that God told us all to have in Him.

    He told us that we should ask, believing, and trust in Him all the time. To me, your words were not an angry scream of “You’re just being lazy, Jesus, get busy or you’re grounded!” It wasn’t that at all, but rather a cry of confusion from a child who had been told that God answers prayer when you need Him. It was a cry of “I’m really confused, Jesus! You said you would help us. What’s wrong here?”

    And in that moment of complete child-like faith, God smiled and showed up.

    So, that’s why this post reminds me of that story. Maybe having that child-like faith in God doesn’t mean that we muster the ability to trust Him, when it looks like we can’t. Instead, maybe that child-like faith means that we get to the point where we are actually confused when circumstances look like God isn’t working in them.

    • Amanda says:

      Wow! I must have been really little. I don’t remember doing that, nor do I remember ever hearing that story. Thanks for sharing that story with me.

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