TITLE: All The Way
DATE: May 4, 2019
TEXT: Proverbs 3:5-6 –ESV- 5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, nd he will make straight your paths
One of the great mysteries of life is the difficulty people seem to have in making up their minds.
There is a reason for that: in coming to a decision, most people usually only decide to do something halfway. If you want to see the principle in action, just watch a child jump into a swimming pool for the first time. He wants to be in the water, but he’s… just…. not… sure.That was not the situation for Cortez when he began his conquest of Mexico in 1419.
With his small force of 700 men on shore, Cortez set fire to his fleet of 11 ships. His soldiers watched their vessels, their only link to the outside world, their only way of escape, burn and sink to the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico.
From that moment on there was only one direction they could go: forward. Forward into Mexico and forward to meet their future and their fate. Cortez was a fellow who believed in going all the way.
God says people who wish to follow Him should also ‘go all the way.’
That’s what the Psalmist was telling us: trust with all your heart.” Not with a quarter or half your heart. The Lord knows it is not wise to try and follow Him and the world. There are too many divided loyalties, too many conflicts. When the world tries to pull us one way, God wants us to go the other.
Which leads us to an interesting thought, which may have some practical application.
Are your days filled with confusion, pain and doubt? Do you seem to be spiritually spinning your wheels without getting anywhere? Then ask, “Am I only going halfway?”
Which is why this devotion encourages you to let go of the world and let the Lord take hold
of you.. all the way. Let Him, because of what His Son has done by His life, death and resurrection, help and direct you… all the way.
THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, lead me past my own shaky understanding and empower me to trust You. Guide my path as I follow the Savior Who went all the way to rescue me. In His Name. Amen.
The music which introduces and concludes our devotions was written by Guy Baumann. He aly: ong three of his brothers perform on the album: The Baumann Brothers which may be