“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 (NIV)
We know that a lot of our topics are centered around finding your purpose, knowing your identity in Christ and being yourself. They are topics to encourage and uplift you. To let you know that God’s got this and that you are not alone. And if we’re being real, they are topics that we feel compelled to write about because well, they’re questions and thoughts that we have about our own lives.
And because we struggle with different things and have seasons of busyness, we want to apologize for not focusing on our blog for the past few weeks. Family time is really important to us and so we kinda drop everything as soon as family comes to visit! But, we’re back with a good topic for this week’s Milk & Honey devotional, so we hope you guys enjoy it and can’t wait to discuss it with you!
This week’s devotional is going to ask a very simple question. One that God put on our hearts last week and really woke us up inside! He asked us, “Do you trust me with your life?”
And He doesn’t mean just a portion or only when you feel like it. He means with your entire life – your finances, your job, your relationships, and the list goes on. Do you trust God in every single corner of your life or do you tend to say you trust Him, then try to make your own decisions, you know, since you know best?
It kinda convicts you and rattles you up inside, doesn’t it? We know that it stopped us in our tracks. However, before you start panicking or worse, writing yourself off as unworthy of His love, let us give you some reassurance.
Back when we first got engaged, our good friend told us that if we kept God at the center of our lives, then everything else would fall into place. And although not everything has always happened the way we would have liked for it to happen, God’s way has always turned out better than what we thought our way would have been. Like they say, God’s timing is always on time.
“You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.” Isaiah 26:3 (NIV)
We, just as much as anybody, know how hard it is to wait on His word and trust in His timing. We’ve struggled and will struggle with those issues because you see, we worry too much about the future and about what others think about our lives. We want things done NOW and trusting in Him can sometimes turn into making a hasty decision, then praying that God will lead us to where we need to go from there. Oh man, that’s where we can really make a mess of everything.
The Bible says, “Those who trust in themselves are fools, but those who walk in wisdom are kept safe.” Proverbs 28:26 (NIV)
Ummm…we definitely don’t want to be called a fool, right? So, instead of us acting like we can do everything by ourselves and figure it out on our own, let’s take some time to meditate and chew on Proverbs 28:26. It’s a great reminder that God’s already went before us and will not forsake us. All He asks is a little (okay, actually ALL) of our trust.
Let’s put it this way: it’s like when we do those trust falls with a group of people, say, from work or class. It’s meant to be fun and somewhat of a team builder, but it also gives you a little insight on how important it is to trust someone who you’re close with. Yes, it’s a little nerve-racking to just fall back hoping someone will be there to catch you, but once you feel the warm embrace of them catching you, it makes you feel safe and loved. So, think of that but times it by one billion times infinity and that’s how it feels to trust God completely.
We’ve realized that it’s so much easier to free ourselves from the anxiety and worry of having to trust ourself and allows Him to guide us into where we’re supposed to be instead. It also just feels so good to know that He is always there to catch us when we fall. We don’t even have to look back because we know that His Fatherly arms are going to embrace us, regardless of how high the fall is or not.
And maybe you’re worried because you’ve seen glimpses of where He wants you to be and that’s not what you had planned. Maybe he’s leading you down a path where you quit your six-figure salary to become an entrepreneur or work for a start-up company or He wants you to mend a broken relationship with a family member that you haven’t quite forgiven. It’s hard, we know. Ohhh, gosh, DO. WE. KNOW.
But, we promise, it’s going to be okay and there’s a reason for it that we might not understand now; but one day, we can sit back and reminisce about that crucial moment in our life and realize that God had a bigger and better plan for us instead.
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13 (NIV)
And so, our dear friends, we leave you with this hope. This freedom. This reassurance that trusting in the Lord is unlike any other type of trust between man. Trusting in Him means letting go of fear and failure and knowing that He will make a way, even when there seems to be no way. A song that comes to mind when we type those words is “Make A Way” by Desperation Band. If you need some encouragement, allow that song to be your strength this week. It’s a beautiful reminder that God does immeasurable things in our lives and that trusting in Him fully is the best decision we could ever make.
We hope this week’s devotional has encouraged you to trust in the Lord and give Him the parts of your life that you’ve held back. It surely has made us re-examine our lives. The next time He asks us that question, we want to be able to say with complete assurance, Yes, Lord of my life, I trust in you completely. Please give me the peace I need to help me understand your way. Allow me to see things clearly through your vision, in Jesus’ name, AMEN!!!!!
Questions over coffee:
1. What’s an area in your life that you’ve been withholding from God and will you surrender that to Him today?
2. Why do you think it’s so easy to trust Him with bits and pieces of our life, but not our entire life?
3. What’s stopping you from trusting Him with your life? How can you let go of those things, so you can live a fulfilled life based on God’s glory instead of your own?