90% Trust

Then Samuel said, Do you think all God wants are sacrifices— empty rituals just for show? He wants you to listen to him! Plain listening is the thing, not staging a lavish religious production…Saul gave in and confessed, “I’ve sinned. I’ve trampled roughshod over God’s Word and your instructions. I cared more about pleasing the people. I let them tell me what to do.1 Samuel 15: 22, 24

As I read through, 1 Samuel 15 this morning, I found myself feeling sorry for Saul.  I think I felt sorry for him because I could see that his sin was one that each of us is capable of committing.  Saul was given a mission with specific instructions.  He carried out the mission but in the process he twisted the “rules” and moved forward the way he was comfortable moving forward.

Don’t we all do that sometimes?  We say to God:  “Look, God, I’ve done what you have asked me to do. See, I’m doing it 90% your way.   I’ve only changed 10% of the plan.  What’s wrong with that? Come on, God.”

But God doesn’t want 90% of our heart.  If he did, then that verse in Proverbs 3 would read: Trust in the Lord with 90& of your heart and lean not on your own understanding…

My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. John 10:27



10 thoughts on “90% Trust

  1. bill (cycleguy)

    One of the greatest (IMHO) stories in the life of Jesus is where the father wants to see his son healed from the demon who throws him into the fire and he says to Jesus, “If you can.” Jesus then says, “What do you mean ‘If I can?’ All things are possible to those who believe.” The father then says, “I believe. Help my unbelief.” I am enthralled by that statement because in my mind the father is saying, “I have faith that measures a 5. Make it a 10.” That may be a total misrep of that verse but it works for me. I want a faith that is a 10 (100%) and not a 5 or 8 or 9. Well said Eileen.

  2. Amy Nabors

    This is so true. It reminds me of the passage (I forget where) that talks about wading in & then a bit further up to the chest or are we willing to go so far into the river where we can’t touch and have to completely trust.

    1. Eileen Post author

      Amy, I’m not sure I’m familiar with that verse. If you find it, I would love to read it.

  3. kelli

    That is a great reminder! Even if we only keep 10% we still are trying to do some of it in our own strength. Why would we ever think our results would be better than God’s!? An to the fella above my comment, “GO VOLS!”


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