Everybody claps and cheers when their baby learns to stand. Even the baby gets excited. You would think it’s the only baby in the world who ever stood without leaning on something or someone. Wonderful! Nevertheless, as years pass by, it’s time to return to leaning—leaning on God that is.
We know we can put our faith in God. But, that’s not always easy to do when we’re trained to be self-sufficient, self-reliant, autonomous creatures. If we’re not careful, we’ll substitute these traits for faith.
Question: How do we retrain our minds?
Believing and trusting God is a process; a learned behavior. We have to learn to internalize Scriptures. We do that by applying its principles to our everyday—real time—reality. The more we focus on how the Scriptures correlate with our lives, the more our minds will become renewed by God’s Word.
Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. (Proverbs 3:5,6)
Question: How do we learn to lean on God?
We can learn quite a bit by watching a baby learning how to stand. Babies subconsciously observe which things are safe and sturdy to hold onto. The same is true for us. Overtime, we learn from trial to trial about God’s faithfulness.
Question: How do we develop a close relationship with God?
We develop a close relationship with God by spending quality time in His presence. This means daily setting aside time to have one-on-one communication with God. We talk, we listen, we obey. Then throughout our day, we must be aware that His Holy Spirit is there to comfort, guide, and protect us. The more we depend on God, the more real He becomes to us.
Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. (I Peter 5:7)