We have two available options, two approaches to life. We can trust our own understanding or we can trust God.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6
When we trust God there is a promise – that he will guide, direct and make our paths straight.
Trust in God is often birthed in times of uncertainty. When God speaks, it is often in soundbites – go, come, give, follow me. The details are a mystery. Most people want explanations before trust, God wants trust before explanations. There are things in life we will never understand, we can either blame God in the uncertainty or choose to trust him.
Trust in God is certain of the outcome even when the process is unclear. God asked Abraham to do the unthinkable. (Genesis 22:1-18) Abraham’s outlook never wavered. He knew who God was, what he was like and what he had promised. He didn’t see the “how” but he knew all things would work out.
Trust in God is often tested when we are asked to give something of value. Trust is often tested in how we handle our resources. (Proverbs 3:5-9) God won’t ask you to give something you don’t have, but he may ask you to give something you want to keep. Our ability to trust God has everything to do with how we see him. When we recognize that everything we have is a gift from God, it is easier to give back to him a portion of what he has already given to us.
Trust in God is always rewarded. God is extremely generous.
Honor the Lord with your wealth,
with the firstfruits of all your crops;
then your barns will be filled to overflowing,
and your vats will brim over with new wine. Proverbs 3:9-10
God wants to bless you more than you want to be blessed. Trusting God opens the door for him to bless our lives in ways we would never imagine. We live in a society that over thinks and under acts. Perhaps that is why so many people get stuck in the place of good intentions. Trust responds. Trust obeys. Trust acts.
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