Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight.
Romans 3:5-6 (NIV)
What does it mean to put “all your heart” into something? It means to put every ounce of your being, all that you are, all of your emotions, all of your feelings, all of your passions. And what are you to dedicate “all your heart” to? Trusting the Lord.
When you put “all your heart” into something, often something great results. Olympic athletes put “all their heart” into their training. Authors, artists, musicians put “all their heart” into their work. The heart must be the most powerful muscle in the body – not necessarily in its physical strength, but in its ability to take over and control our lives.
If this is the case, then I can understand why we really need to protect our hearts. I can understand why Jesus would say: “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matthew 6:21, NIV) For many of us, that word “treasure” is where we find “all our hearts”. Endless chasing after some cherished lifestyle, some elusive relationship, some position of power that leaves us exhausted and empty.
What if you and I were to put “all our hearts” into trusting the Lord? Trusting Him when He assures us He has our backs if we’ll just go out, lose our lives, and change the world by extending more of heaven into it. Trusting Him to pour out His power to accomplish far more than we could ever think or imagine. Trusting Him to work in and through others differently than He works in and through us, and as a result, to really become “All for One” and answer His John 17 prayer for unity.
Lord, let this reader and I be “All for One”, and may we learn how to trust you with “all our hearts”.
This is the third in the “Trust in God” series of blog posts.