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).
While we are waiting to see the promises of God fulfilled in our lives we can sometimes get discouraged when it doesn't happen in the time that we expect it. But if we truly apply His Word to our lives we can experience His peace while we wait on His timing. To trust in the Lord means to be obedient to His will. We cannot ask Him to work on our behalf then allow impatience to find us trying our own method of achieving success. We must trust that His way is the perfect way, regardless of how long we have been waiting or how much longer we may need to wait.
It could be said that our own understanding is logical, practical and feasible most of the times. Nevertheless, when we put our trust in God, what He requires of us can sometimes seem illogical, impractical and impossible. However, when we take time out to acknowledge the Lord (having a relationship with Him where we are not just asking Him for things but honouring Him in our daily living) in our conversations and our behaviour (at home, work, school, church, within our ministry groups or in our social circle) we are, in effect, allowing Him to direct our path. His direction comes when we read His Word with understanding; being doers of the Word and not just hearers (see James 1:22) or readers in this case. When we read or hear His Word we must then apply it to our daily lives for it to be effective (daily transforming us).
The plans I had for last week weren’t going as I expected. I started to question whether what I was about to do was not in God’s plan for me in this season. I needed reassurance and I couldn’t call and discuss it with my husband because He was at work. What to do! Try again. So I tried and tried and got the same result. Eventually, I visited the pages of some of my friends on Facebook (FB) for some inspiration while a friend was in prayer for me regarding the matter. Some of my Christian friends had shared some inspiring thoughts through their status update or posters they liked and shared. The Scripture reference above (Proverbs 3:5) was the first to grab my attention. After reading it I also remembered the prayer that our son prayed for me before embarking on this particular project. In his prayer he asked God for specific things for his mum. Part of his prayer said, “…And let her be happy and not ‘stressy’…Amen.” I smiled when I combined the scripture reference with his prayer.
Later on, another friend shared a poster with the message: “God, sometimes it’s hard for me to understand what you really want to happen. I trust you. I know you will give me what’s best.” The friend who shared this poster also shared Proverbs 3:5-6 with the poster. How amazing! Two separate people from different walks of life came with the same message.
Today, I was singing a song I wrote ages ago which just came back to me as I washed the dishes, “If the Lord permits it, I’m going through. If the Lord permits it, I know I’ll come through…” Once I finished the housework I went on FB and again I was reminded by one of those individuals that God knows the plans He has for me, quoting from Jeremiah 29:11. “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” God provided all the inspiration I needed so I made the decision to try again. I went forth and was successful in the first part of the project. I am now waiting to see how God will unfold the rest of the mystery.
I just wanted to share this part of the journey with you so that you understand that God doesn’t always answer us in the same way each time. He also doesn’t give us the answer we expect to receive at all times. So take time out to acknowledge Him as Lord and Saviour in your life. Give Him the honour He is due and worship Him in spirit and in truth. Learn to know His will for your life by spending time in His Word. We cannot know His will for our lives unless we are taking time out to seek Him (Jer 29:13). When we have a genuine hunger for God’s Word we will seek Him and He will be found. He will feed us with His Word and we will be filled with His Spirit, who will continue to transform us into His liking. The process of transformation is a daily one that means we must daily seek Him. Don’t be deceived in believing otherwise (James 1:22b).
We cannot just pray and expect answers without reading His Word to find out His will for our lives. They go hand in hand. We cannot have one without the other. It will be like trying to clap with one hand—it doesn’t work. When we feed on His Word we will know His will for our lives. Knowing His will for our lives is vital as this knowledge will help us to know how to be discerning and therefore respond to His voice above all others. We are His sheep and He is our Shepherd. In St. John 10:27 Jesus said: My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.” The only way to know Him is to have a relationship with Him. Religion won’t do it. Being a regular church attendant will not suffice. We must know Him as our Lord and Saviour, as our Friend and Redeemer, as our Prince of peace. If He is not Lord of our lives then we will listen to the many voices which will lead us astray and we will follow the wolf who will devour us in the end.
Let us continue to worship God as we were created to do and encourage others to do likewise. The greatest testimony is our lives. The greatest sermon we will ever preach is the life that we live. Our lives are pages of a book others will daily read. Are the pages of your life representing Christ? Will your status update encourage me and build me up or will it cause me to sink a little further in sin? Will the words that come from your lips when you next speak be edifying? Will the pages of your life contribute to a lost soul being saved? Do you hide your talents so no one can see them or do you allow them to shine for Christ? Are you allowing your light to shine for Christ so that others may see your good works and come to glorify your Father in heaven or shining for your own glory?
“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things” (Phil 4:8). This is God’s will for your life. Read the following Scriptures as a start to knowing God’s will for your life, if this is an area you are struggling in today: Joshua 1:6-9; Exodus 20:1-17; Matthew 6:33; Romans 10:9; Ephesians 4:29-32; Ephesians 5:18-33: Philippians 2:14-16 and 1st Thessalonians 5:18.
God bless you on your Journey.
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