Proverbs 3:5-6 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. (KJV)
The school year may not be going as you planned. Conflicts, and personal, financial or health issues may have unexpectedly stolen your joy. God has given us an answer for these times, “TRUST ME!”
Our plans are often destroyed by unexpected circumstances. We can maintain our inner peace and be determined to move forward again by reminding ourselves that God is in control. To trust God is to acknowledge Him in the twists and turns of our schedules. We make our plans, but God directs our paths (Proverbs 16:9).
Trusting is simple. To trust, you must let go! You must let go and let God have the right to lead you into any path He chooses. You must give up your right to have things perfectly laid out according to your plans. You must become the servant that follows his Master without complaint, without questions and without hesitation. To trust is to believe that God will always direct your paths correctly. It is to know that His plans are always for your good and not for evil, and to understand that no weapon formed against you can prosper (Isaiah 54:17)--long term.
How do you build trust in God? You can gain confidence in God by reading the Bible and understanding the work of God throughout history. As you reflect on your own life, you can begin to see the hand of God quietly, yet specifically directing your life. You will begin to relax and know that He is God. With this knowing--knowing that He is in charge--knowing that He sees the whole picture--knowing that He loves you unconditionally and wants good and not evil for you--knowing that He is not only your God, but also your Abba Father, you can begin to trust and lean on Him. He holds your future in His hands.
Are you weary and heavy laden today? Come to Jesus. Cast your disappointments, failures, hurts, and anger at His feet, for He cares for you. Leave your burdens and pick up His cross and follow Christ. His burden is light, but only when you allow Him to carry your future. Pray. Relax. Trust. Follow. Let God lead (Matthew 11:29-30).
Dear God, Thank you for your ability to see the whole picture---the beginning from the end. Teach me to trust you more. Today I cast my cares upon you. Forgive me for self-will and teach me to say "if God wills".
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