Who do we trust in especially when life is not the way we want it to be?
I was challenged by this question this morning and I hope these thoughts are encouraging to you. Solomon tells us the following (with my comments included) – trust in the Lord with all of your heart (fully, completely, without holding back) and do not lean on your own understanding (don’t put weight on or depend upon your own point of view even when you think you have things figured out). In all your ways acknowledge Him (run everything by Him to see if your decisions and actions are consistent with His plan for you) and He will make your path straight (versus wasting your time, money, life on things that don’t matter).
Jeremiah goes further to explain the end game – WIFM (what’s in it for me). Cursed is the person who trusts in man and makes flesh his strength, whose heart turns away from the Lord. He is like a shrub in the desert and shall not see any good come. … Blessed is the person who trusts in the Lord. … He is like a tree planted by water … and does not fear when the heat comes for its leaves remain green … it does not cease to bear fruit.
It’s “easy” to trust God when things work the way we want them to but how do we respond “when the heat comes”? I have to be honest that I put too much weight on my own point of view way too often. There is a lot to learn in zooming out from our circumstances to see things from a bigger picture and challenging our paradigms. Praying that you will join me in the journey to trust God more and myself less.