One of the biggest lies that we tell in this generation has to be “I have read and agree to the Terms and Conditions”.
Think about it. It is on the bottom of every sign-up form online. We have been conditioned to agree, regardless of whether or not we have actually read and agreed to everything stated in that long and boring document.
I was thinking about this today and was challenged with this thought:
I am so trusting when it comes to agreeing to those terms and conditions. But yet, with God, I want all of the answers before I choose to trust and follow Him.
I have to confess. This left me a little mind blown. Let me backtrack for a moment to explain what I mean.
I have a tendency to struggle with trusting God, no matter what. I am very afraid to say “God, I will follow You wherever You send me, whatever You have for me, no matter what.”
Can you say this with confidence?
I know in my heart that God has the best plans for me. I am fully aware that following Him will guarantee a full and abundant life. But yet, I also know that God’s version of a good life is not easy. It won’t be roses or a walk in the park.
Following God is hard.
Yes, He promises abundance. Yes, He promises joy unspeakable. But His ways are definitely not our ways. His ways are definitely not my ways.
So I struggle to “check off” that box and agree to His unknowns, His plan that will inevitably come with twists, turns, and challenges. Ultimately, I am afraid to fully trust God.
I hate writing that. It is painful for me to openly admit that I struggle to trust the God of the universe, the Saviour of my soul. Why is it that I so easily trust any and every website developer who wants me to agree to their terms, but I can’t trust God?
This revealed a part of my heart where I have allowed sin and brokenness to enter. I trust man more than I trust God. My heart and head both know that this is ridiculous. But somewhere, deep inside, I have believed the lie of the enemy that God cannot be trusted. This lie isn’t new. Adam and Eve fell to it from the beginning of time. Genesis 1:4b-5 say that that the enemy told Adam and Eve, “You will not surely die. For God knows that when you eat of [the fruit] your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
There it is. The lie that says “What God has said is not true. You can’t trust Him.” And the enemy of our souls has been using that lie ever since.
Sister, can I pass on the challenge that God lay on my heart today?
Will you choose to trust God, no matter what, even without knowing all of the terms and conditions?
Will you choose to believe that He has amazing plans for you, and will lead you in the path that you should go? Are you able to let go of the lie that the enemy has fed you that says that you cannot trust God? Can you lay down your need to know every step of His plan before choosing to follow Him?
God has an amazing plan. But we won’t be blessed in the ways that He wants to bless us if we are not able to willingly and wholeheartedly follow. Please trust me, I am speaking to myself first. This is SUCH a challenge for me!
But God is calling me, and you dear sister, to a radical, all-in kind of faith. Hebrews 11:6 says that “without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.”
Are you ready to follow God with trust and unhindered faith? Are you ready to check off the box that says “I agree to all of Your terms and conditions, no matter what”?