Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; on all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6 NIV
Some days it’s hard to trust the Lord completely. We might dare to trust him with part of our day, part of our plans, or a portion of our sufferings but being human it’s our tendency is to hold back. We don’t give our all easily, and we do reserve some or part of our days, plans, and even sufferings for ourselves alone.
Why do we do it? Why do we forfeit the comfort, healing, guidance, and peace that comes of letting go and allowing God to have all of us? As a wise mother once said, “Only God knows these things!”
Only God knows why we hold back, what’s behind our resistance, and why we would choose to go on suffering when relief could be ours. Maybe it’s that we have an agenda firmly in place in our minds and to veer from that feels unsafe. Maybe we’re just out of practice regarding surrender. Maybe we have been hurt and the scar keeps reminding us not to make that mistake again. Maybe.
What I want to share today is three things I do when I need to move into a more trusting position in my life.
THREE THINGS I DO WHEN I NEED TO TRUST
1 – I pray. Prayer can open the door to many blessings and in my experience it is the only thing that will help me put my guard down and rely more fully on God.
2 – I accept the fact that my understanding will only get me so far and no further. This is something I’m unwilling to admit when in full-on self-protector mode, but realistically, I have only so much power in this world, whereas God has all power. If I’m going to trust in anything, it’s probably better it be Him, than me.
3 – I ask myself the question: “If you do the next right thing, do you believe that God will take care of the rest? If so, what do you have to fear?” For me, fear is at the bottom of every trust issue I have. Can I trust God to not let me fall this time? Can I trust Him to speak to other hearts, and soften them on my account? Can I trust Him that if this is not the answer, the answer is something better? Can I trust Him to know what I need and provide what I want?
Struggles with trust are part and parcel of what it means to be human. We live in a society and culture where no one trusts anyone, any more, and that just makes trust harder. It helps if we have a circle of friends who we can go to with our fears, ones that have proven themselves trust-worthy in the past. But even then, if I’m going to risk putting something valuable in God’s hands, it may not matter what my friends have done or will do in the future. The truth is, trust is hard and to do it consistently I need to practice.
Do you have trust issues? What is one thing God has done for you that you could focus on as you prepare to trust Him today?