Week 42 Word: Submit All to God
Week 42 Text: Proverbs 3:5-6
Written By: Rachel Hopper
“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.” (Proverbs 3:5-6)
Let’s get real ladies. We don’t submit everything to God. We often rely on our own knowledge or the knowledge of others instead of His. And I’ll dare to say that sometimes we don’t even trust Him with all of our heart.
I don’t know about you, but I can’t tell you one good reason why this happens. There are several lackluster reasons. Maybe it’s because I can pick up my phone and text a friend for an answer. Maybe it’s because I’ve been through a situation before, and therefore know how to handle it this time. Maybe it’s because I simply have my grip so tightly on something and don’t want to hand it over to Him.
I am deliberately disobeying. Every single day, I can tell you areas that I give to God and areas that I don’t submit to Him. I don’t follow the words of Proverbs 3:5-6, which tell us to submit all to God and not to rely on our own knowledge, because God will direct us. In order to do that, we must trust in Him with all our heart.
My small group has a philosophy when we go through our prayer requests. We call it “bringing your roses and your daises.” Like God, we don’t want to only hear prayers about your cat, your sister’s in-laws or your stubbed toe. Are those things important? Of course. But, God also wants an intimate, trusting, steadfast relationship. So, bring those fragrant, thorny prayers, too: the requests that get deep into your life situation, reveal the messy parts of your marriage. Share the ugly parts of your heart and expose your inner thoughts. God wants all of it. Not just a portion of the garden, but all of it.
What are small steps we can take in order to submit to God and rely on His knowledge? We can ask God to help us to believe He is in control. It can be as simple as pausing in your kitchen and saying, “God, You’ve got this. Help me to see Your hand in this situation.” Sometimes when I don’t know what to say, I will close my eyes and repeat His name—Jesus, Jesus, Jesus. Another small step is to print off a couple of verses or prayers and post them around your house. I have three prayers posted on my bathroom mirror. I pray through them when I am brushing my teeth and blow-drying my hair. These small things help to remind me of His goodness.
I’m a restorative person. I often serve as a sounding board and solution provider for situations, whether at work or in my personal life. It’s easy for me to offer a resolution to make things better. And do you know what small step I can take to serve my fellow believers well? Ask them if they’ve submitted it to Christ first. It is beyond easy to trust in a book, speaker, family member or friend for knowledge. We have to remember the only truth given to us is through Him.
1. What is one small step you can take today to remind you to trust in God?
2. Reflect on a situation God brought you through. Take time to praise Him for His provision.