Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not unto your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight”(Proverbs 3:5-6).
As I entered a transitional time from ministry as a Youth Pastor to Pastoring a church, I sat with a psychiatrist friend who listened as I tried to explain all my concerns regarding the move. After patiently listening, he asked, “Is this what you know that God is leading you to do?” Of greatest concern was how I would provide for my family of five and do my needed seminary training to prepare for a more expansive role as Pastor. Answering his question was hard but my heart knew that this was God’s leading. When I answered yes he responded,”Then I guess it has come down to this you will have to just trust God for the details.” My family left for seminary five months later after selling our house unsure how God would provide. Within five months of our arrival at seminary God provided a full time pastorate with a parsonage and the love of an incredible farming community. How did I know this was God’s will? I prayed earnestly, sought the counsel of godly men, and most importantly sought God’s counsel in the Bible. I knew God had called me to ministry. I knew that there were skills I needed in order to do the best job possible. Most of all, I had a clear perspective that the God who called me would provide all that was necessary for the journey. Trust God? Who is more worthy of our trust? “My own understanding” included a long list of what ifs and if onlys. God simply wanted me to trust His good intentions and provisions for the journey. The choice was mine to make. I chose to trust God instead of give in to my worries. He faithfully provided the way.
PERSONAL APPLICATION: What walls have prevented you from trusting God? Time spent in His presence and His Word along with godly counsel will set your heart on path He has prepared before you.
HOME APPLICATION: Make a list of things in which you have difficulty trusting God. Then make another list of the character qualities of God (love, faithfulness, power, goodnes, ….etc.) What character quality of God best addresses your area of distrust. For instance: since God is all wise I can trust what he says; since he is the giver of every good and perfect gift I can tust His provision.
QUESTION TO PONDER: IN WHAT SITUATION ARE YOU NEEDING TO TRUST GOD TODAY?