What does the word trusting mean? According to Webster’s dictionary the word trust means to place confidence. It also means to permit to stay, or go or to do something without fear or misgiving. When you add the “ing” to the word trust it now becomes a word of action. According to Oxford dictionary it becomes a present participle referring to things that are still happening.
In my devotional for August 31, I read that I have a natural preference to plan out my day knowing what will happen when. How truthful that is. The devotional also had several other nuggets but this particular one made me shake my head in agreement. Anyone who knows me can attest to that. So when God gave me the words to write for this month, He asked me one question. Am I trusting Him today?
Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)
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.
Being a planner and being organized are two great traits to have. Having your “to do” list is great. Having your calendar in front of you showing all of your planned activities is great. There is nothing wrong with any of that. The problem we all have at times is when the plans we make do not match up with the plans God has made.
Proverbs 3:5-6 (AMP)
5 Lean on, trust in, and be confident in the Lord with all your heart and mind and do not rely on your own insight or understanding.
6 In all your ways know, recognize, and acknowledge Him, and He will direct and make straight and plain your paths.
So here is the bottom line:
Trusting God is a choice we make everyday. Admitting to God that “yes” you have made plans but if those plans are not God’s plan then you must submit them to Him. Get off of that fence of indecision and choose to allow God to plan your life. It’s okay to have your “to do” lists but make sure your “to do” lists do not have you. Do not become overwhelmed with fear and frustration if your plans do not work out. But become overwhelmed with joy knowing that God has a much better plan for you. Yes, God knows the plans He has for you. Trust Him today. Lean on Him today. God knows our tomorrow we do not.
Matthew 6:25-34 (MSG)
25-26“If you decide for God, living a life of God-worship, it follows that you don’t fuss about what’s on the table at mealtimes or whether the clothes in your closet are in fashion. There is far more to your life than the food you put in your stomach, more to your outer appearance than the clothes you hang on your body. Look at the birds, free and unfettered, not tied down to a job description, careless in the care of God. And you count far more to him than birds.
27-29“Has anyone by fussing in front of the mirror ever gotten taller by so much as an inch? All this time and money wasted on fashion—do you think it makes that much difference? Instead of looking at the fashions, walk out into the fields and look at the wildflowers. They never primp or shop, but have you ever seen color and design quite like it? The ten best-dressed men and women in the country look shabby alongside them.
30-33“If God gives such attention to the appearance of wildflowers—most of which are never even seen—don’t you think he’ll attend to you, take pride in you, do his best for you? What I’m trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with getting, so you can respond to God’s giving. People who don’t know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works. Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met.
34“Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.