BY: MARYBETH LAYHEW
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BIBLE TEXT: Proverbs 3:5-6: ”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.”
PERSONAL REFLECTION: Here recently, Josh and I have been going through so many anxieties… all the trials of planning a wedding, getting married, work, stress, finances and of course, with all of us, I know it’s not always so easy to trust God and put complete faith in Him that everything is going to work out.
Several months ago, God brought a passage to my remembrance of a Christ-follower named Ananias. Saul was persecuting and killing Christians but then, all the sudden, God called Ananias and told him to not only find Saul but to also lay hands on him to heal his vision.
*GULP* “Uhh, you’re kidding me right, God?!?”
Can you imagine the overwhelming fear Ananias must have had not only for himself but for his wife and family/friends? Acts 9:13-14 says that Ananias questioned the Lord: “I have heard many reports about this man and all the harm he has done to your holy people in Jerusalem. And he has come here with authority from the chief priests to arrest all who call on your name.” But in verse 15, the Lord told him to go because Paul would be used as an instrument for Christ! I know if I had been in Ananias’s position I would have been questioning the Lord as well. “Are you sure? Don’t you realize who he is and how dangerous this person is? Why would you put me in this situation? I thought you loved me and would keep me from danger?” These would have been just a few of my questions.
PERSONAL APPLICATION: We have to keep in mind and trust God with blind faith that God truly does know the full picture. We have to follow even when we are going through horrible times and we think there is no way any good could come out of it. Can you imagine how the story may have been different if Ananias had not obeyed God?
PRAYER: Dear God, please strengthen my faith to know that You always have what’s best in mind for me. I trust that You love me more than I yearn to protect myself. Please ordain all my steps. I bless Your name, forever. I love you.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
MaryBeth Layhew has been a citizen of Life Assembly for over 6 years. She works as a barista in Speed the Latte and is a leader in Shift 122 Youth Ministries. Her passions in life are Jesus, music, The Beatles, traveling (especially cruises), and movies. She also loves to spend time with her husband Josh, her family and friends, and her dog, Little Bear.