Jeremiah 17:5-8 ERV; This is what the Lord says:
“Bad things will happen to those who put their trust in people. Bad things will happen to those who depend on human strength. That is because they have stopped trusting the Lord. They are like a bush in a desert where no one lives. It is in a hot and dry land. It is in bad soil. That bush does not know about the good things that God can give.
“But those who trust in the Lord will be blessed. They know that the Lord will do what he says. They will be strong like trees planted near a stream that send out roots to the water. They have nothing to fear when the days get hot. Their leaves are always green. They never worry, even in a year that has no rain. They always produce fruit.”
You simply cannot do both-try to figure out a way to do it in your own abilities and trust in the Lord. You may start out right, “I’m going to trust you to do this, Lord,” but as it gets down to the deadline and you don’t see anything happening, you’ll borrow money, finagle things around to MAKE it happen yourself, and each time you do it, you erode your trust in the Lord. You’ll lose your confidence in His word and become self-sufficient. I know, I’ve done it so many times myself.
I’ve had God back me into a corner with absolutely no escape and ask me, “Will you let me take care of this?” I had to be honest with Him (I’ve learned over the years you simply can’t hide things from Him because He knows everything anyways), and tell Him I’m having a problem with trusting You. I know that You CAN do it, I’m just not sure You WILL do it for me. So He took me for a journey in His Word and showed me that I am His child and an heir to His covenant. That I was made righteous by the work that Jesus did, not by the works that I do. He showed me that the same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead lives in me and that everything I need or will ever need is inside of me. That the key to accessing the power that is always at work in me is trust.
Oh my, thus began my journey in trusting Him in small things, like a headache, a bill that’s due, my children, a job. The fact is, the more I trust God and His abilities to work all things out for His glory, the more I get to enjoy His goodness, grace and mercy. I simply seek after Him, spend time in His presence getting to know Him, reading His Word, asking for wisdom and greater understanding and as I respond out of obedience to His sometimes odd requests, He works everything out and I give Him the glory for it. I’m learning that I’m just His daughter and a reflection of who He is while I’m in this earth. I can rest in the knowledge of who I am and whose I am.
Father, I pray for my friends who read this today. May they know You as I’ve come to know You. You are so good and are always looking for ways to wow us. Everyday when I get up in the morning, I feel You tugging on my arm to come sit with You and everyday I respond, ‘I’m coming!’ The peace and rest I walk in is what I want them to walk in today. Give them the assurance that You are the same God to all of Your children and You want them to be blessed as well. I know that regardless of how things look right now, ALL things work out for my good because I love You and trust that You are good. It’s in Jesus Name I pray, Amen