Trust His Heart

Luke 5-1:1-11

Our readings tell us that our own personal wisdom or might can’t match the wisdom or might of God. Whatever is holding us back from completely relying on and following God, be it the crisis within the Church or any other disappointment we face, we need to just trust him, and he will deliver.  

 

There’s some lyrics to a hymn that I’ve held onto that encapsulates this sentiment.  It says this about God, “When you don’t understand, when you can’t see his plan, when you can’t trace his hand, trust his heart.”

 

Like Peter, our natural response when life presents us choices is that we want instant everything.  But when we yield to God, we find that he takes the longer view of things, and because of that, he turns out better solutions.  If we trust him, he’ll deliver based on what’s best.

 

As a way of reframing our thinking, let’s consider this hypothetical exchange that we might have with Jesus in the current day, and allow it to show us our mission in the light of Jesus' charge to all of us - to leave everything and follow him.

 

Let’s start out with a probing question to clarify what "everything" is supposed to mean. We might say: "Lord, even my work?  My job is so demanding and thankless.  My hours are so long. My responsibilities are never ending, and I come home so tired and stressed.  I appreciate your invitation, and I want to come, but I'm just so overwhelmed."

 

Jesus' response: "Bring your job along with you, and I'll help you work it out.  I love the fact that you're a hard worker and dedicated to providing for your family and contributing to your community.  You don't have to fight your battle alone.  I'm here with you.  Just try your best to stay close to me as you go through your workday."

 

"But Lord, I have this financial burden that is weighing me down.  I've got debt.  I can't seem to get my head above the water.  I shouldn’t be in in this state at this point in my life. I'm ashamed of my situation."

 

Jesus' response: "Just bring it along.  Let me help you through this financial situation that you are enduring.  Sure, things might be tough right now and you’ve got obstacles, but I still love you, and I want to help you get through it.

 

How about this third plea:  "Lord, I want to follow, but at every turn it seems like the Church is falling apart around me. How can I follow you as I did when everything that I used to rely on is suddenly not so certain?"

 

Jesus’ response: "Just bring your anxieties along with, and we'll work on it together.  Let my Spirit teach you how to set your mind at ease.  It may not be easy, and it may not be immediate.  But I can help."

 

We can take confidence in what scripture tells us. In Matthew 21, Jesus says, “Amen, I say to you, if you have faith and do not waver, if you say to this mountain be lifted up and thrown into the sea, it will be done. Whatever you ask for in prayer with faith, you will receive.”

 

We need to let our requests be known to God, not as if we are the master and he is the genie, but simply as author Charlie Shedd once said, “Prayer is an inner dialogue with our best friend”. Our prayer can be: "Lord, I can't get through these issues of mine through my own wisdom and will power.  I will follow you.  I trust your promises to me.  I will believe that you can help me overcome my burdens and my obstacles."

 

Helen Steiner Rice once wrote this prayer in poem form:

 

“God, teach me to be patient, teach me to go slow,
Teach me how to wait on You when my way I do not know.

Teach me sweet forbearance when things do not go right
So I remain unruffled when others grow uptight.

Teach me how to quiet my racing, rising heart
So I might hear the answer You are trying to impart.

Teach me to let go, dear God, and pray undisturbed until
My heart is filled with inner peace and I learn to know your will.”

 

So today, if we have problems with our jobs, our health, or our finances – whatever our burdens, we need to bring them to Jesus. We know from Romans that “all things work for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose”, even though when or at what point we will find the resolution we seek remains a mystery.

 

When we don’t understand, when we can’t exactly see his plan, when we can’t trace his hand, we will trust his heart.  We place our trust in God, not in our own wisdom, knowing that we can’t possibly go wrong if we commit to follow Jesus wherever he leads.

 

Our readings tell us that our own personal wisdom or might can’t match the wisdom or might of God. Whatever is holding us back from completely relying on and following God, be it the missteps within the Church or any other disappointment we face, we need to just trust him and he will deliver.  

 

 

 

There’s some lyrics to a hymn that I’ve held onto that encapsulates this sentiment.  It says this about God, “When you don’t understand, when you can’t see his plan, when you can’t trace his hand, trust his heart.”

 

 

 

Like Peter, our natural response when life presents us choices is that we want instant everything.  But when we yield to God, we find that he takes the longer view of things, and because of that, he turns out better solutions.  If we trust him, he’ll deliver based on what’s best.

 

 

 

As a way of reframing our thinking, let’s consider this hypothetical exchange that we might have with Jesus in the current day, and allow it to show us our mission in the light of Jesus' charge to all of us - to leave everything and follow him.

 

 

 

Let’s start out with a probing question to clarify what "everything" is supposed to mean. We might say: "Lord, even my work?  My job is so demanding and thankless.  My hours are so long. My responsibilities are never ending, and I come home so tired and stressed.  I appreciate your invitation, and I want to come, but I'm just so overwhelmed."

 

 

 

Jesus' response: "Bring your job along with you, and I'll help you work it out.  I love the fact that you're a hard worker and dedicated to providing for your family and contributing to your community.  You don't have to fight your battle alone.  I'm here with you.  Just try your best to stay close to me as you go through your workday."

 

 

 

"But Lord, I have this financial burden that is weighing me down.  I've got debt.  I can't seem to get my head above the water.  I shouldn’t be in in this state at this point in my life. I'm ashamed of my situation."

 

 

 

Jesus' response: "Just bring it along.  Let me help you through this financial situation that you are enduring.  Sure, things might be tough right now and you’ve got obstacles, but I still love you, and I want to help you get through it.

 

 

 

How about this third plea:  "Lord, I want to follow, but at every turn it seems like the Church is falling apart around me. How can I follow you as I did when everything that I used to rely on is suddenly not so certain?"

 

 

 

Jesus’ response: "Just bring your anxieties along with, and we'll work on it together.  Let my Spirit teach you how to set your mind at ease.  It may not be easy, and it may not be immediate.  But I can help."

 

 

 

We can take confidence in what scripture tells us. In Matthew 21, Jesus says, “Amen, I say to you, if you have faith and do not waver, if you say to this mountain be lifted up and thrown into the sea, it will be done. Whatever you ask for in prayer with faith, you will receive.”

 

 

 

We need to let our requests be known to God, not as if we are the master and he is the genie, but simply as author Charlie Shedd once said, “Prayer is an inner dialogue with our best friend”. Our prayer can be: "Lord, I can't get through these issues of mine through my own wisdom and will power.  I will follow you.  I trust your promises to me.  I will believe that you can help me overcome my burdens and my obstacles."

 

 

 

Helen Steiner Rice once wrote this prayer in poem form:

 

 

 

“God, teach me to be patient, teach me to go slow,
Teach me how to wait on You when my way I do not know.

Teach me sweet forbearance when things do not go right
So I remain unruffled when others grow uptight.

Teach me how to quiet my racing, rising heart
So I might hear the answer You are trying to impart.

Teach me to let go, dear God, and pray undisturbed until
My heart is filled with inner peace and I learn to know your will.”

 

 

 

So today, if we have problems with our jobs, our health, or our finances – whatever our burdens, we need to bring them to Jesus. We know from Romans that “all things work for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose”, even though when or at what point we will find the resolution we seek remains a mystery.

 

 

 

When we don’t understand, when we can’t exactly see his plan, when we can’t trace his hand, we will trust his heart.  We place our trust in God, not in our own wisdom, knowing that we can’t possibly go wrong if we commit to follow Jesus wherever he leads. 

 

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