I know God is good and has good things in store for me. The Bible tells us over and over that he has good plans for us.
He’s definitely given me great blessings and commissioned me to do good things. He called me to be his own. To be a wife. And a mom. He called me into the workforce and then into full-time ministry as a speaker and author.
Such wonderful plans.
I have embraced those callings with alacrity and joy. But sometimes God’s goodness and plans for me don’t always look the way I think they should.
Instead of a wide-open road toward success, sometimes it seems more like I’m running into road blocks and detours.
Have you had that experience?
You know God has good plans for your life and is calling you to do something special for him. But . . . you’re finding more obstacles than open roads?
That’s when we have to remind ourselves of God’s faithfulness. He asks us to trust him and to be faithful with his call on our lives.
Even when we don’t understand what he’s up to. When we want to know more of the details. If the outcome looks bleak.
In those moments when we question his goodness, his faithfulness, his trustworthiness, we can find courage to persevere in God’s Word.
God called Noah to build an ark to escape the coming flood. But Noah had to wait and work and trust God for 120 years.
Abraham was promised an heir, and got old waiting. But he trusted God for twenty-five years before he got his son Isaac.
God gave Joseph a dream that he would one day be great, but then he was kidnapped, sold into slavery, falsely accused, and imprisoned! Even so, he trusted God for thirteen years before God raised him up to second in command of Egypt and saved his family from starvation.
David was called to be king. And he trusted God through battles and persecution for twenty-five years before taking the throne.
Mary was called to birth our Savior, Jesus. She trusted God through the gossip and the fear of being stoned.
Men and women in the center of God’s will and calling were met with opposition, ridicule, torment, and anguish. But they didn’t stop proclaiming God’s goodness and they didn’t stop trusting him.
And neither should we.
Trust him or fail him: those are the choices.
We can trust him for the timing, the provision, and the protection until we see the fullness of his faithfulness.
Or we can quit on his calling. Circumvent his plan. Foil our future. Miss out on experiencing his pleasure.
David said, “I trust in you, Lord; I say, ‘You are my God.’”
I choose to trust him. Even if it means repeating, “I trust you, God. I trust you, God. I trust you, God . . .” until the anxiety, worry, fear, or sorrow subsides.
A thousand times a day if necessary. You may need to do that, too.
Engage Your Trust.
When your baby goes off to kindergarten or college, you can say, “I trust you, God.”
Whether it’s a promotion or a pink slip . . . “I trust you, God.”
If the diagnosis is benign or malignant . . . . . . “I trust you, God.”
When all is well or the well is dry . . . “I trust you, God.”
Though we may not always know what God is up to, we can always trust His goodness and faithfulness toward us.
What are you trusting God for in this season? Leave me a comment. I read every one and will pray in agreement for a good outcome for you.
Verse for today. I trust in you, Lord; I say, “You are my God.” —Psalm 31:14
Prayer: Though I am afraid and may falter, God, be with me and assure me of your goodness so that I may trust you all my days and in all my ways. Amen.