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August 26, 2014 by  
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Just trust the Lord? It doesn’t get any simpler than that. But isn’t it true that we tend to forget about the simple things that lead to greater faith and a closer walk with God? Especially since most of us have moved way passed the beginner stage and are now third degree black belt Christians? I don’t want to talk about anybody, so I’ll just talk about myself. Those four little words have a BIG, powerful meaning. Just Trust the Lord…

Personally, I think it’s easy to trust God for the big things. We pray big prayers and are encouraged to do so by our pastors. Ironically, I have found that after God answers one of the big prayers, I find myself laboring intensely once again to work out every other detail of the rest of my life. I think, the Lord opened this door for me or granted this request, now it’s up to me to make the most of it and plan the next step. Call me crazy, but that is exactly what I do. I’m creating, designing, planning, and trying to put together the puzzle pieces for the next big thing.

Here’s the downside to doing that.

First of all, it takes me out of the present. There is a fundamental truth regardless of your philosophy: the present moment is the only time you can actually live. The present moment is where our life unfolds. If I have checked out of the present and I’m planning, designing, creating, or whatever, I’m not being effective in any area of my life. I often find myself strategizing my family’s future finances, planning for the next vehicle maintenance, pondering my next career move, and wondering if I should get a snow blower. The most sickening part is that I try to work out every detail of the process.

Secondly, I’m missing out on what God wants to do through me, here and now. I am a firm believer that the Lord doesn’t simply move us farther or take us higher for our own benefit. There are probably ten thousand reasons. But how can He work if I’m too busy playing God in my own little universe? The answer is, He can’t. It’s a lose lose for me. Not only am I mentally exhausted and have no peace, God isn’t able to be God

Wow. That’s what brought it home for me. I need to let God be God. I need to circle back in my faith journey and revisit the fundamental truth of trusting the Lord. This was confirmed for me today with the scripture from Psalm 37:3-5, and it reads:

“Trust in the LORD and do good; dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness. Delight yourself also in the Lord and He shall give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the LORD, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass.”

A familiar scripture to most of us, but I would like to draw attention to the phrase, “Trust in the LORD.” Sure, I want the desires of my heart. I also want “it” to come to pass. But the key is that I need to trust the Lord and feed on His faithfulness.

That scripture really makes sense. Because God is faithful we can trust Him. No ifs, ands, or buts, and yes it’s as simple as that. We can trust Him with the BIG things and we can trust Him with the day to day. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever, which means we can also trust Him with the future.

Trust in the Lord, let God be God.

 

CWnklusvJason lives in the small town of Strasburg Va, in the Shenandoah Valley. He authors and publishes a personal growth and leadership blog at transformed-life.com. Jason is a family man and aspiring life coach who, in his downtime,  enjoys running, reading, and the great outdoors.

 

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