WHO ARE YOU TRUSTING TODAY?
My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth. Psalm 121:2, KJV
As I beheld the wonder of the sunrise this morning, I knew deep down in my heart that I would not face anything today alone. God will help me. What my Heavenly Father asks from me is total and complete trust.
When trying circumstances cross our path, our instinct should be to reach out to God and lean in even deeper to Him. We must trust God to guide us and teach us more about Him along the way. We learn to trust God more in the times of dire circumstances. My trust in Him grows when the only direction I can look is up. I must develop my spirit to look to my Heavenly Father first for my daily provision. Sometimes, I wonder why I wait trying circumstances to propel me toward God instead of trusting God fully from the beginning of my day.
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
I have read and studied over Proverbs 3:5-6 several times over the years. It remains as two of my favorite verses on trusting God. However, when I read it over again today, all I could seem to see was to “lean not on your own understanding”. I want to trust God with all my heart, but, all to often, my own will factors into this process. My human nature wants to do things my way, and to interpret the circumstances in my life in the light of what I perceive about a situation. The unfortunate thing about my understanding comes from the fact that my understanding is flawed. I do not see all sides of a situation. I do not have perfect understanding. Only God has perfect understanding, therefore it would be best for me in any given situation to trust Him above all else, even above what I think to be true. Our help does come from our Heavenly Father as we read in Psalm 121:2. Our help comes from a God who does see all sides of all circumstances, and His understanding of them is far above anything I could imagine. To Trust in God fully means I must comply my understanding and my will into His will. I choose to give up my will to trust that He knows what is best for me. In other words, I completely takes my hands off of the situation I find myself facing, and totally trust God to take care of it and me along the way.
Trust in God often can be a heavy task. The reason for the weight of trust comes from our ability to want to handle the challenges of life on our own. Our pride rears its head, and Satan whispers, “You can do this; You don’t need God!” This is a grievous lie! My help comes from God. My trust in God is often shaken because I fail to heed the verse 6 of Proverbs 3. In everything I do I must recognize that God wants and is present and active in my life. I must acknowledge Him in all that I do throughout every day. With this acknowledgment comes a beautiful and precious promise. When I acknowledge daily in every situation, “He shall direct my paths. (verse 6) His help will be ever present in my daily life.
As I fully lean in to God in total and complete trust, He guides me in the path He has designed for me to take. I challenge you today to be ready to sacrifice your will to God. Recognize the limitations of your own understanding and fully give it over to the Lord. Then you can be assured He will guide your footsteps and you will feel a new found freedom in living a life that is in complete compliance to His will for you.