The connection between knowing and believing can seem so elusive at times… what I often refer to as the head-heart connection. It doesn’t work…not for me anyway…to only have knowledge.
It’s fairly easy to refer to scripture or post-it notes or daily Devotionals for reassurance, don’t you think? It’s the putting into practice that can often be the real challenge. Let’s look at Jeremiah 29:11
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
Now, if you asked me what I thought about that verse before mid-March 2014, I would emphatically agree with scripture saying, “why yes! of course! I believe it with my whole heart!” Well…maybe not. Maybe I wanted to believe it with my whole heart, my head rationalized the scripture to be true, but when push comes to shove, actions reveal what we really believe.
When God whispered “go” in early to mid-February, apparently I wasn’t 100% convinced it was Him and not me. On sooooo many levels it would be easier to cut bait & run, but as I’ve mentioned before, I struggle with a pride issue: I don’t quit – and certainly not before I feel good about it…in other words, I like things on my terms.
Thankfully, we serve a mighty God who is merciful & gracious – a God so loving to teach us He is trustworthy and faithful. Yes, it took me a few weeks of His reassurances and really pressing into Him to make the connection between knowing and believing
- YES! God has a plan for me
- YES! His plan includes prosperity
- YES! His plan will give me hope
- YES! His plan provides a future
I didn’t have a clue what the future looked like, but God reminded me of His faithfulness to ALWAYS provide for my needs…for the many times I was laid off due to economic circumstances, my family never went without and a job ALWAYS came along before the bank account went dry. So why should I question Him now? I shouldn’t. I needed to trust Him…and that’s exactly what I did.
Do I get it right and trust completely the first go round? Ehhh….not so much, but I’m learning.