Landing on Lily Pads Devotional

Landing on Lily Pads

Julia Bettencourt

Posted May 28, 2011


Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.  Proverbs 3:5

I love acrostics and have noticed the F.R.O.G. one is used a lot among us Christians.  It's usually attached with a cute or funny picture of a frog.


Fully
Rely
On
God


I've seen it everywhere such as on bumper stickers and things at Christian bookstores.  That F.R.O.G. is kind of a cute way to remember a good principle and I'm all for anything simple like that which can help us in our Christian walk.  I just hope that when we see a cute F.R.O.G. that we don't forget that it represents serious business for us as a Christian.

To Fully Rely On God is a big thing for us.  It's not a lighthearted thing.  It's how we are to live as a Christian.  When we accept Christ, we give our lives over to Him.  He's in control and we need to learn to rely on Him and fully.


The definition of fully: To the greatest degree or extent; completely or entirely.

The definition of rely: Depend on with full trust or confidence.


I know I'm far from relying on God "fully" as I should, but as I started thinking about this I started reflecting about God and Who He is and how that in itself makes me want to rely on Him more.

I think we just need to get to know God better.  We have an amazing God with amazing qualities. He offers us so much as His children.  There's several things about our amazing God that I think may help us in our journey to rely on Him more.

I hope you'll come along with me as we go with the frogs and jump lily pad to lily pad.  We're going to rest on each lily pad a little, while we think about some of the things that will help us build up a reliance on the Lord.

Okay, ready to start hopping?  Leap! 



The Lily Pad of God's Strength.

We're landing here first because God's strength is one of those things that I need the most and have to rely on the Lord for in my life.  Our own strength doesn't get us very far but when we're relying on the Lord's strength, look at how far we can leap.

I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.  Philippians 4:13

Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.  Ephesians 6:10

Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the LORD JEHOVAH is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation.  Isaiah 12:2


Much is said about Samson's strength, but it wasn't Samson's own strength that took down those pillars in the book of Judges (16:28-30).  It was God's strength that Samson prayed for.

I think about how David refers a lot to God's strength and how much he needed it for his life.

The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?  Psalm 27:1

In the day when I cried thou answeredst me, and strengthenedst me with strength in my soul.  Psalm 138:3

Look how God encouraged the nation of Israel with His strength.

Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.  Isaiah 41:10

That's a mighty kind of strength that we can tap into and that we can rely on as we move along to our next lily pad.

Ready?  Hop! 



The Lily Pad of God's Love.

We're just going to sit here on this lily pad for a bit and soak up some of God's love.  It sure has a way of warming us up.  It's that love that brought us to Christ in the first place.  He draws us to Him with His love so it's only fitting that we stop here and rest in that wonderful love for awhile.  It's a true and faithful love.  One that we can rely on.  It's a love that lasts.

But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.  Romans 5:8

The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.  Jeremiah 313

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?

As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.

Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.

For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, 

Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.    Romans 8:35-39


When we know someone loves us, it helps us trust and rely on them more.  Same with the Lord.  We start thinking about His love and how can we not trust Him?  He's never going to stop loving us.  I know people who have went through terrible divorces.  They just "don't love each other anymore".  So nice to know we never have to worry that God will stop loving us.

It's great that nothing can separate us from God's love either, so let's take it with us as we move along.

Let's leap!



The Lily Pad of God's Word.

What a great place to land!  Don't you love it when you can trust someone's word?  You don't even need a handshake, let alone a contract.  You just know you can trust what they say.  That's how it is with God.  We never have to worry about Him breaking His Word.

For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven.  Psalm 119:89

As for God, his way is perfect; is tried: he is a buckler to all them that trust in him.  2 Samuel 22:31

For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.  Hebrews 4:12

God's Word is so dependable.  I'm glad I don't have to wonder whether it's true or whether it will change or whether He will break it.  I can go on along without even worrying about it.

Ready for our next leap? Let's go!


The Lily Pad of God's Faithfulness.

We've landed here so we can sit on this lily pad and think about God's faithfulness.  It's pretty easy to trust and rely on people that are faithful.  When someone's faithful, they are true to you.  They show up.  They are there for you.  They are consistent.  God's faithfulness to us is so much more than that.

Thy faithfulness is unto all generations: thou hast established the earth, and it abideth.  Psalm 119:90

It is of the LORD'S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.  Lamentations 3:22,23

Know therefore that the LORD thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations.  Deuteronomy 7:9

I'm so glad that I have a faithful God that I can rely on. Knowing He's always going to be faithful makes me want to trust Him more.  I love that old hymn, Great is Thy Faithfulness.

Great is Thy faithfulness, O God my Father;
There is no shadow of turning with Thee;
Thou changest not, Thy compassions, they fail not;
As Thou hast been, Thou forever will be.

Refrain

Great is Thy faithfulness! Great is Thy faithfulness!
Morning by morning new mercies I see.
All I have needed Thy hand hath provided;
Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!


Hope you are singing along with me as we leap on to our next lily pad.

Hop!


The Lily Pad of God's Wisdom.

Did you have a safe landing?  Sometimes I need to land here more often and think about God's wisdom.  It's so important.  God knows what He's doing.

It's funny how we'll fully trust a professional's wisdom.  Sometimes they are complete strangers to us, but we trust their knowledge and wisdom that they specialize in, such as doctors, pilots, and business professionals.  

We'll put our life in their hands because we trust their training and that they know what they are doing.  We wouldn't want to do our own surgery.  Surely we wouldn't want to fly our own plane unless we were a pilot and trained for it.

We fully rely on these mere humans to do for us what we can't.  We can trust a surgeon to cut us open and work on the intricacies of our bodies, knocked out unconscious with anesthesia, but sometimes it's hard for us to rely on the true and living God when we are fully awake.

We want to do the surgery ourselves and fly our own planes so to speak.  Some people even trust professional advisers with their finances and allow them to make decisions on their behalf for their financial affairs but be afraid to trust God with their money.  

God is so wise and in control of everything and yet we sometimes have trouble trusting God's plan for our lives.

Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen.   1 Timothy 1:17

O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!  Romans 11:33

Why can't we trust God's wisdom more?  His specialty is being a great and mighty God.  Why do we find it so hard to trust that He knows what He's doing?



Conclusion:

When we have faith in and rely on other people, it's usually because we get to know them and what they are capable of.  In ministry over the years, there have been ladies who I knew I could trust when they were given a task or something to do when working on a project.

They were those go-to people for me.  They were the kind of people that always showed up, always did what was required, always followed through.

We learn to know who we can and cannot rely on when we start spending more time with those people and getting to know them more.

It's the same way with God.  We've got to start spending more time with Him and getting to know Him more.  When we do, we learn that we can rely on Him.  We can rely fully.

God is always going to show up for us, always going to be on time, always going to get the job done, always going to have good judgment, and always be faithful. He's not going to let us down.  He's the great go-to.

When the Jim Jones tragedy happened, I was a senior in high school.  For those who are unfamiliar with that, he was a cult leader who gave his followers a poison filled drink which they willingly drank.  There were close to 900 people that died.

At the time I had to do a current events notebook for a requirement for History class and it had to include newspaper clippings of current things from the news.  I can remember cutting out those news articles with photos of all those body bags from the Jonestown tragedy and gluing them into my notebook.  I'd never seen such a display of death.

I think we as adults and our children get immune to tragedies like that nowadays with 24 hour news channels, internet access, and so many true life television forensic shows and fictional ones as well.  

I'd never seen anything like that though on the local news or in the newspaper and I just couldn't wrap my head around how in the world all of these people could just follow a man like that to their death.

Thinking of it now, it must have been because they fully relied on that man.  They put their whole lives in his hands.  Jim Jones was just a man, a false leader who deceived people, yet so many people put their trust in him.  We on the other hand have the true and living God.  Why is this F.R.O.G. thing so difficult for us?

We have an amazing God that we can trust.  We can trust His strength, love, Word, faithfulness, wisdom, and so much more.  These lily pads we've landed on just represent some of the things to know about God that can help us rely on Him more, but there's so much above this about our great God that's worth finding out—worth getting to know Him more.

I think when we start knowing God more and we start relying on Him more, it's also then that we begin seeing those great leaps of faith in our lives.  Look at those faith heroes in the 11th chapter of Hebrews.  Look at what those mere humans accomplished because they had faith in God, relied on Him, and trusted in Him.

When we don't rely on God fully, we sometimes end up staying on the edge of the pond.  We end up sitting on a log somewhere.  We never get out there and truly live the Christian life to it's full capacity.  Our lives don't end up where they should.  Those leaps of faith seem insurmountable to us because we are trusting in ourselves or just in things.

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

I've challenged myself to get to know God better so I can work on this F.R.O.G. thing.  I hope you will too.  I'd like to be able to learn to trust and rely on God more and perhaps have some more leaps of faith.

Is there such a thing as a Watt Frog?  I need a bumper sticker that says, 


W.A.T.T. F.R.O.G. ----

Working At Trying To Fully Rely On God. 


So, are you fully relying on God?  (or trying to)


Copyright ©2011 Julia Bettencourt
Scripture References are from the King James Version.
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