I think Christians tend to throw around the words “just trust God” without realizing how much weight those words truly hold. God is a big God. God is an understanding God, and He is a God that knows that trusting Him sometimes means confusion and uncertainty. The Lord longs for us to be able to trust Him, but He also understands that it may take a little extra time. He’s willing to wait for us to come to that point and He’s quick to be patient with the process.
Sometimes I think we tend to forget that He knows the outcome. He’s planned it already. There is no need to doubt that He is working all things out—in His timing, not our own.
“But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind.” James 1:6
Don’t let calamity result from your confusion. Rather, rest knowing that that He is working all things out for your self-betterment and for the furtherance of His Kingdom.
While I was on my journey towards healing after seeing my dad almost die, I was spending time processing with the Lord. He said “daughter, I know that it’s hard to trust Me with your dad’s life when I allowed your brother to die but I gave My life so that he can live” and spoke 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 over me. Wow. The fact that He longs to be trusted but understands if He can’t be at trying times shows His abundant grace in the most astonishing way. His grace is so much farther, wider, and deeper than we could ever imagine.
“Those who know Your name trust in You, for You, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek You.” / Psalm 9:10
God knows that to trust Him may include uncertainty, but still He says “give it to Me and watch what I can do.” You may not end up with the outcome of your desire, but you will always end up with the outcome that draws you closest to the heart of Jesus. To trust the Lord is to at times walk in uncertainty of your circumstance but to trust the Lord is also to walk in certainty of who He is. He is God over your situation and He will never stop being God over your situation, no matter what it may look like.
When I think of trusting the Lord, I think of the story of Daniel and the lion’s den. Daniel was wrongly thrown into a lion’s den by the king at the time and after an entire night of being in the lion’s den, the king found him alive the next day and Daniel said “my God sent His angel and shut the lions’ mouths, and they have not harmed me, because I was found blameless before Him.” The next verse goes on to say “Daniel was taken up out of the den, and no king of harm was found on him because he had trusted in His God.” THIS!!! Guys, this is it. This is the type of trust that the Lord wants us to have in Him. His provision is so wide for us, all we have to do is trust.
When you finally do get to the place of trusting the Lord with an uncircumstantial type of trust, it’s the best and most freeing feeling in the entire world, but be patient. It takes time. To be willing and able to trust the Lord with the insignificant as much as the magnificent and vice versa is the most amount of freedom and peace you’ll ever feel, I promise you that. That’s the type of faith that I long for—a faith that doesn’t care how big or how small the circumstance is; a faith that just cares how big my God is. He is God of the extraordinary and He is God of the mundane. He wants our confusion and He wants to make something magnificent out of it, but He can’t do that if we don’t trust Him with it.
“Lord Almighty, blessed is the one who trusts in You.” Ps. 84:12
You are blessed when you trust in Him!
Romans 15:13 says “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” When you trust in Him, the Spirit fills you with joy and peace so that you may overflow with hope. How beautiful is that! That is such a astounding depiction of the hope that we get to have in Jesus.
I’m praying today for each and every one of you to overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Let’s be a generation of Daniel’s.