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Before I even begin, I want to say that last week Audrey Caylin did a post similar to this, which you can find here. And her blog post brought things to the surface that I haven't thought about in a while, things that I'm going to talk about today.
So. Trust. This is a big thing for me, and definitely something that I struggle with... a lot. It is extremely difficult to gain my trust. Outside of my immediate family, there are really only two people that I trust a hundred percent. Actually, it's probably somewhere in the nineties. (You may have guessed that one of them is my best friend. The other is a really close friend, but I tell both of them almost everything.) But sometimes, even the people we trust will let us down.
Although today we have to be careful who we trust, we know for sure that there is Someone who will never let us down. Ever. We can trust Him a hundred percent (even more really).
There are times we try to take matters into our own hands, because who knows what's best for us better than ourselves? And there are times when we tell God that we want His will and say that we trust Him to work everything out, but... we are so afraid of what the answer will be, that we try to make happen what we want to happen.
When we do things like that, we are basically telling God that we trust Him, but not enough to give the matter over to Him completely, telling Him that He isn't capable. But God is capable. Look around you. Everything you see He made from nothing! If you trust him with all your heart, just imagine what He can do for you.
I am pretty future-oriented, and I know that as an adult, a lot of my choices are going to affect the future. But I don't even know what my future is and what it holds for me! There are so many things that are unforeseeable, and not knowing bothers me. But at the same time it's exciting, because I know that if I trust God, in all that I do, I will be a lot happier in the end.
Only a few months ago God tested me. My boss asked me if I wanted to work full time. But in order to do that, I had to give up my summer job, which I love. I did not want to give up that job, so I tried to think of a way I could do both. I even had a few people tell me that they thought it may be better to work full time. After about three weeks of praying, I finally told God that I would give up my summer job if that's what He wanted. And I meant it. Almost immediately I got His answer, and I am glad to say that He wanted me to keep the summer job. Afterwards, I realized that God was testing me, to see if I would give up something that I love if He asked me to.
So even though I was afraid of what the answer might be, I gave it to God, trusting that He would take care of me, no matter what.
But remember, even if we make the wrong choice, God will not give up on us. "The Lord upholds all who fall, and raises up all who are bowed down" (Psalm 145:14 NKJV). "Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down; for the Lord upholds him with His hand" (Psalm 37:24 NKJV). Isn't it wonderful to know that even when we fail, He'll still be there?
Everyone struggles to trust God in some way. So I encourage you to find verses in the Bible that remind you to put your trust in Him, and only Him. Then, commit them to memory so you'll have those reminders whenever you need them. Here are a few verses that help me:
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths." (Proverbs 3:5-6 NKJV)
"But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint." (Isaiah 40:31 NKJV)
"For the Lord of hosts has purposed, and who will annul it? His hand is stretched out, and who will turn it back?" (Isaiah 14:27 NKJV)
"being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ." (Philippians 1:6 NKJV)