One thing I’ve learned from the Bible is that we need to bring everything to God. Everything. Whatever it is that troubles us, we need to give to God. Sometimes we think God wants only the good stuff but that’s not true. God wants the whole package: the good, the bad, and the ugly. Because he knows we need Him to live according to his will.
Hence, if we doubt, we give that doubt to God. Then he can come and enable us to stop doubting and believe. If we have sinned, we need to give our sins to God. Then Jesus can cleanse us from all unrighteousness. And if we are angry, bitter, resentful, we need to give those to God. Then he can help us and create something new out of our desperation.
This might sound too simplistic. Well, faith is simple. We trust God as children trust their father to take care of them. But he can’t do that if we don’t run to him. The same way God can’t heal us if we don’t turn to him.
King David is a great example of this. He was a man after God’s own heart yet he also sinned mightily. But he always turned back to God and repented. Always.
When he had removed him, he made David their king. In his testimony about him he said, ‘I have found David, son of Jesse, to be a man after my heart, who will carry out all my wishes.’ (Acts 13:22, NRSV)
He knew where his help comes from and he turned to God no matter how badly he had sinned or messed up. And God forgave him and blessed him. That’s what God wants for us too.
We need to bring everything to God. The good, the bad, and the ugly. So God can help, renew, and bless us. Then the Holy Spirit can keep on making of us men and women after his own heart.
We come to you as we are and
surrender to you all we are and all we have.
Forgive, renew, bless us.
Take care of all our needs and
create something beautiful out of our failures.
Let us feel your loving presence and
pour out grace upon grace.
We need you, we love you, be forever praised!
In Jesus’ name,
Q4U: How do you deal with doubts/sins/failures? Do you want to be a (wo)man after God’s own heart?
Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you learn to bring everything to God