The Test of Trust
What does it mean to trust in God?
I'd like to share something with you that God has been challenging me about: trusting Him for my next steps. I previously never had problems trusting God, He was always faithful and I cannot remember a situation in my life in which He didn't help. Although, often, His help didn't look the way I wanted it to, it would transform into something even better than I could have imagined. There is always fruit from trusting in God, even when a situation seems hopeless.
Recently, God showed me something really powerful that changed my perspective of the word trust itself, He said:
"It's not your problem to worry how and what I will do in your life, your business is to pray and trust Me"
I'm always amazed by how simple, yet profound, God's revelations are. He then spoke to me saying that He wants me to trust Him, not because He can't do something miraculous without this trust, He wants me to trust Him for my own sake!
“By not trusting God, we make everything complicated in our little lives by trying to 'run the world' ourselves, the equivalent of saying, "Hold On God, I've got another plan!"
If we trust Him, we simply make things easier for ourselves! It really doesn’t affect God because everything is already easy for Him. How funny is that? By not trusting God, we make everything complicated in our little lives by trying to 'run the world' ourselves, the equivalent of saying, "Hold On God, I've got another plan!"
So it is a challenge, a great challenge! But if we learn to trust from a young age, everything will be really easy for us, the way God wants it to be.
In Esther's story, there are many principles to be gleaned about how to fulfill one’s calling and destiny. Firstly, there is a preparation time. Esther allowed herself to be prepared for the task of being presented to the King. God's preparation time can sometimes be long and uneventful: Moses spent 40 years in the desert looking after sheep before he was commissioned to deliver the Israelites!
We need the favour of God. When we put God first in our lives, when we honour and serve Him, we have God's favour. With God's favour the impossible things will become possible.
“Eye has not seen, nor ear heard,
Nor have entered into the heart of man
The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.” (1 Corinthians 2:9 NKJV)
God works in His own time and season. Esther got her timing right. Maybe God has put it on your heart to do something for Him. Don't just jump into it; wait for His time. Joseph was in jail until God's timing came to fruition and he was released. God will move in His time.
“Your background does not determine what God can do with you, your faith does.”
Your background doesn't hinder your destiny with God. Esther was an orphan and she was a foreigner in the country in which she lived, but God still used her in a great way (I bet she never dreamed that she would one day be a queen; I think she was probably discouraged about her future when she was taken from her home and family). Some of Jesus' disciples were fishermen and tax collectors. Your background does not determine what God can do with you, your faith does.
Just think how easy it would be if we simply gave everything over to God and enjoyed our lives!
Be thankful for everything that is taking place in your life, knowing that if you trust God he will make something great out of it!
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11 NIV)