I went to bed the other night thinking about trusting God.
Before I drifted off to sleep I updated my WhatsApp status to read, “In you I find rest. I will continue to put my trust in you.”
It was a day of swirling emotions and thoughts in my head that just felt unbearable.
I clutched my Bible as I buried my head in the pillow thinking, “no matter what, no matter what I will trust you. No matter how I feel, no matter what I think I have done wrong. No matter the wrong moves I think I may have made. No matter how uncertain the outcome of things seem, I will continue to trust you.”
I fell asleep feeling lighter than I did before.
Fast forward to the next morning and well, I just did not feel so confident about the declarations I made the night before.
Can God really be trusted? What’s the point of trusting Him anyhow when I am doomed for punishment or things going awry? What difference would trusting Him make?
I thought back to last season when lessons on trust bombarded me. I knew what He wanted me to know and learn then.
“There is a lesson in every season. No matter what you can rely on me. Even if you do not know how things will turn out you can place your confidence in me.”
I wondered, does the same apply now?
I knew and reminded myself that it was that trust that enabled me to move into new territories. It helped me to move from the place I called home for 12 years into a new home with little or no furniture or resources. Trust did that. And over a few months I watched as the empty spaces in the house began to fill with the things I wanted.
Indeed God could be trusted! He wanted me to exercise that trust by walking unto the unknown. I guess He knew just how things would turn out and He had already made provision. It was just for me to walk into it.
I knew all that but I just wanted a reminder. So I asked for it.
“Send a word Lord. Send a word to let me know that I can trust you again.”
I continued driving, listening to Hillsong and glancing at my watch periodically to ensure that I was still on time. Traffic is no joke. *grunts*
I got to work minutes past 8:00am and settled in. I had a thought to check my personal email before I got started and when I did I was pleasantly surprised to see a message from Rick Warren. I had subscribed to his Daily Devotional some months ago.
The subject of the email read, Trust God one day at a time.”
I looked at it and smiled. I wondered whether it was a coincidence or the reminder I had asked for not so long ago.
The devotional started by quoting Philippians 4:6, 8 “Don’t worry about anything; instead pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done . . . Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.”
Then he said, “God wants you to trust Him one day at a time.” I sighed.
“Philippians 4:6 & 8 show us” he went on, “that there are 4 things that you need to do to trust God on a daily basis.”
1. Don’t worry about anything. (But I was worrying about everything; my past, present & future)
2. Pray about everything. (I wasn’t really praying about everything. Well, I don’t know if talking in the car while driving to work counts for anything.)
3. Thank God in all things. (Was I really doing that?)
4. Think about the right things. (Well I guess you can answer this one.)
“God keeps His promises” Warren reminded. “You can trust that He will take care of you.” He said.
His devotional closed with Isaiah 26:3 which says, “You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you.”
The word was such a timely reminder. Trusting Him in the good times and bad, during certain times and periods of uncertainty. It was not such a bad idea after all. It did not make me foolish and it was the very thing that He wanted me to do. It was the only way I would maintain peace and guard myself against the onslaught of condemning and doubtful and fearful thoughts that threatened to penetrate the walls of my mind from time to time.
I realized too that He did not want me to go about burdening myself wondering how I would do it. He just wanted me to remember to place my trust in Him a day at a time. The same goes for you too.
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