My wife and I are always chuckling at the many goofy insurance commercials on TV these days. We personally like the Allstate commercials with the guy named Mayhem who suffers bodily abused. The Geico commercials are always funny. Then there’s the “Nationwide is on your side” spots that can be pretty funny. One time-honored classic is “The Good Hands People” of Allstate. They ask us to trust them, to submit and put our lives in their hands when potentially serious, life-endangering circumstances strike.
To submit a significant area of life to someone else, you really have to trust them, interview them, get other people’s feedback and check their track record. But you really don’t know for sure until you give them an audition.
You see, God is the ultimate insurance company. Some say He sells fire insurance to save us from the fiery furnace of Hell. But, He also provides protection techniques to help us avoid “accidents” as well as services for navigating the system and restoring the soul to its intended condition even when an “accident” does occur.
In order to submit your life fully to God, you have to trust Him from the bottom of your heart. Trust His unconditional love. Trust that His way and instructions really are the best. Trust that He is able to deliver all that He promises. Trust that listening to Him and obeying Him will keep us on track to the life we all desire.
How do we build that kind of trust? By getting to know Him better … through prayer, talking and listening … through studying and meditating on the Bible … by being sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit. Moreover, audition Him. Experience His love. Then look back and remember how He has loved you and helped you in the past. Recognize that His way has always proved to be the right way. When you look back at situations that did not work out despite your trust in God, I bet you inserted some of your plan in place of His, or used your own value system or time line to evaluate the results instead of His.
Even if you aren’t sure and haven’t been swayed by the preponderance of evidence, what are your other alternatives? Trusting yourself? You know how much you mess up. Trust anyone else in this world or any other system? It’s not as if there’s a great list of alternatives from which to choose. Sure, you know a lot of nice people. On the outside, they seem to have it together pretty well. But on the inside? Who knows? Nobody has the big trustworthy hands to step into like our Heavenly Father. Guaranteed.
Today, listen for God’s voice and guidance in everything you do, everywhere you go. Slow down your thinking as you contemplate a few situations in your head. Ask, “What Godly principles are in this interaction or situation?” Are you submitting to His plan above all else? Is He truly at the center of your life? You will have much more peace when you know you have the best insurance company looking after your every step! His insurance company or yours is your decision, so choose well.
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart,
and do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make straight your paths.
Be not wise in your own eyes;
fear the LORD, and turn away from evil.”