Leaning on God

But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. (Hebrews 11:6, Amplified)

Our faith pleases God. Think about that. We can be pleasing to the Creator of the Universe. He loves us no matter what, but oh to be pleasing to Him. Forget about being a people pleaser and become a God-pleaser. How? By faith.

What is faith? Let’s take a look at Colossians 1:4 in the Amplified to see faith defined.

For we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus [the leaning of your entire human personality on Him in absolute trust and confidence in His power, wisdom, and goodness]…

I love the use of the word leaning. Faith is not just believing in God and His faithfulness to do what He said, but in so completely believing and trusting that you lean on Him and His word to the point that if He wasn’t there you’d fall.

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, KJV)

Throughout the Psalms David spoke often of this trusting, this leaning on the Lord.

Commit your way to the Lord [roll and repose each care of your load on Him]; trust (lean on, rely on, and be confident) also in Him and He will bring it to pass. (Psalm 37:5, Amplified)

By [the help of God] I will praise His word; on God I lean, rely, and confidently put my trust; I will not fear. What can man, who is flesh, do to me? (Psalm 56:4, Amplified)

Trust in, lean on, rely on, and have confidence in Him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts before Him. God is a refuge for us (a fortress and a high tower). Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]! (Psalm 62:8, Amplified)

…I lean on, rely on, and trust in Your word. (Psalm 119:42, Amplified)

The very first scripture in today’s post comes from the book of Hebrews chapter eleven. This is known by many as the “Faith Hall of Fame”. Men and women who did mighty and impossible things in their lives because of faith. David is among this list of people, as are Abel, Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Sarah, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, the Israelites (led by Moses and Joshua), Rahab, Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, Samuel, the prophets, and the women who “received again their dead by a resurrection”, those who refused to deny Him and suffered for His Name, and the martyrs. The mighty men and women of the Bible…

Who by [the help of] faith subdued kingdoms, administered justice, obtained promised blessings, closed the mouths of the lions, extinguished the power of raging fire, escaped the devourings of sword, out of frailty and weakness won strength and became stalwart, even mighty and resistless in battle, routing alien hosts. (Hebrews 11:33-34, Amplified)

All by faith, simple trust and confidence in God (Hebrews 11:28, Amplified). Stop leaning on your own abilities, your own strength, your own understanding and by faith in God access the grace of God which is the power of Christ resting on you (see 2 Corinthians 12:9). Then you will find yourself walking in His abilities, His strength, His understanding in whatever you face. It is of faith that it might be by grace (Romans 4:17).

It pleases Him when you lean on Him so He can get involved in all that you do.

I will say of the Lord, He is my Refuge and my Fortress, my God; on Him I lean and rely, and in Him I [confidently] trust! For [then] He will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence. [Then] He will cover you with His pinions, and under His wings shall you trust and find refuge… A thousand shall fall at your side, then ten thousand at your right hand, but it shall not come near you. Only a spectator shall you be [yourself inaccessible in the secret place of the Most High]… (Psalm 91:2-4 7-8; Amplified)

Daddy Said So

Let’s take a look at one of my favorite words in the Bible. It’s an Aramaic word and for whatever reason it was not translated in the Bible to its English meaning, but simply transliterated. It’s the word ‘abba’. It occurs three times in the Bible. Let’s take a look at its use in Romans 8:15 (Amplified).

For [the Spirit which] you have now received [is] not a spirit of slavery to put you once more in bondage to fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption [the Spirit producing sonship] in [the bliss of] which we cry, Abba (Father)! Father!

So why the use of this word ‘abba’ which means father right before the Greek word for father? I had an idea due to previous teachings on this, but to make it official I turned to my trusty Vine’s Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words. I also looked it up in the not so trusty Wikipedia (I hear teachers won’t accept papers that reference Wikipedia 🙂 ). So here is what I learned about this word ‘abba’.

Abba is the word formed by the lips of infants, and betokens unreasoning trust; “father” expresses an intelligent apprehension of the relationship. The two together express the love and intelligent confidence of the child. (Vine’s)

It was the intimate name used by children for their fathers and combines some of the intimacy of the English word “papa” while retaining the dignity of the word “father,” being both informal and yet respectful. It was, therefore, an endearing form of address rather than a title and was among the first words a child learned to speak. (Wikipedia.org)

Jesus uttered this word in the Garden of Gethsemane. As He faced the most difficult situation of His life, as He agonized over what He knew was to become of Him on that cross, He cried Abba, Father.

And he went forward a little, and fell on the ground, and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass from him. And he said, Abba, Father…

In the midst of the most trying time of His life, Jesus called on God not just as His heavenly Father, but as His “Papa”, His “Daddy”.

Many people believe I am very naive. They think that I don’t live in reality. I’m not afraid of anything. I don’t worry about anything. (At least not for more than a moment). Why? Because My Father, My Daddy loves me. And I trust Him.

I remember a time when my husband and I had just bought a house. We began to be stretched financially. We wondered if we made a mistake. We wondered if we should stay in this home or sell it. One day I was talking to My Heavenly Daddy about this and I asked Him what we should do. He spoke these words in my heart, “I will keep you in this house.”

All the fear and worry and questions drained out of my heart. I ran and told my husband. He said, “What does that mean?” I responded with, “I don’t know other than I know He will keep us in this house.” Over the next few years with changes in the appraisals and tax rate in our city, our house payment went down every year, until our house payment was lower in this home, than in our previous home which was much smaller. My Daddy kept us in this house. We were no longer stretched financially and we got to stay in our home.

My Daddy loves me. I say this all the time. I believe this all the time. When I look in His word and see His promises, I believe them. Why? Because Daddy said so and He is faithful to do what He said.