How To Trust God’s Plan For Your Life

The Secret To Living The Life You Were Meant To Live

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I don’t think trust comes naturally. Let’s face it, trust doesn’t come easily or naturally to most people. The reason? We’ve been through hurts or difficult seasons that leave us feeling a little jaded.

Trust involves awkward moments. Those situations when you don’t know exactly what to do or say.

You’ve been in one of those haven’t you?

It was when you started a new relationship or took that new job. Maybe when you were trying to open yourself up and be more transparent because you knew transparency was the right thing to pursue in your life.

But you found it hard to trust what others would think or say. We never get too old to feel those emotions that many people relegate to the grade school playground. In fact, that is probably the place where you began developing some of your trust issues.

Trust is hard because it involves fearful moments when we are unsure of other’s reactions and thoughts.

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Navigating through the emotions surrounding trust can make you feel like you are on unstable footing. The highly guarded areas of your life could topple at any moment, it seems.

Yet in all the tension that surrounds opening up and allowing trust in your heart, you find that trust is the exact quality God uses to propel your life forward into his plan.

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Without trust, it is impossible to fully realize the plan and purpose of God for your life. In the absence of a trusting heart, you cannot experience the joy God so longs to bring into your life.

So…How do you trust?

What are the essentials of it?

On this, I will take my cue from scripture.

Proverbs 3:5–6 NLTse

5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding.

6 Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.

The secret to living the life you were meant to live is wrapped up in a package called trust.

Here’s how you do that.

How To Trust God’s Plan For Your Life:

  1. Give God all your heart. (Trust the Lord with all your heart.)

    • Don’t hold anything back.
    • Allowing someone, even God, into the recesses of your heart isn’t always an easy task. Why? Your heart is the place you’ve shoved your unresolved issues and deepest fears. But unless God has access to every area of your heart, he cannot do a recreative and restorative work in it. Trust begins by giving God complete access…no closed doors.
  2. Stop trying to make sense of everything. (Do not depend on your own understanding.)

    • There are people who will never be able to trust God’s plan in their life because they simply have to get it all figured out before they will act upon it. But here’s the question…Isn’t trust about taking action when things seem blurry, hazy, or obscure? Isn’t trust all about taking steps and relying on the direction of someone other than yourself?
  3. Seek God’s desire instead of your own. (Seek his will in all you do.)

    • Trusting God’s plan means seeking God’s desire and will for your life. Sometimes it might seem to involve risk, pain, or difficulty. At other moments, joy is overwhelming. But this one thing is true either way: You cannot trust God and seek your own way at the same time. 
  4. Be open to his leading. (He will show you which path to take.)

    • The one thing I’ve found true about God through my own journey is that he never leaves you hanging. God demands trust, but also proves to be trustworthy by virtue of his leadership in your life. God won’t require trust without also walking ahead of you and leading your life in the right direction. If you’re open to his voice, he will show you which path to take every time.

Question: In what areas of life are you currently learning to trust God?

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Trust God Even When It Doesn’t Make Sense

Have you ever listened to those people who speak like having faith means that you are rich, never have problems, and things are always great? Yeah…I don’t necessarily agree with all that. There was a pastor I heard once who said that he wasn’t in the rich and healthy club; but he wasn’t in the broke and sick club either. I’m probably lean more to that way of thinking.

Here’s the deal…Faith isn’t something that we use to increase ourself. Faith in it’s simplest terms is belief. It’s a deep seated belief in God.

The problem that I have with much of what I hear is this…Faith isn’t about getting stuff to come to us. Faith is about getting us to go toward God.

Now, I understand the natural repercussions of this. If you sow the right things, you also reap the benefits. It’s scriptural. It works…But all too often I meet people who truly love God…people who truly believe in God…people who truly have faith yet they still face problems, sickness, difficulty, and even financial loss. How do you make sense of the mixed messages that church seems to offer?

If you look at scripture you find that faith definitely has it’s benefits. God is a giving, merciful, and loving God…but faith is less about getting things and more about us getting to God.

Strong faith requires strong obedience. Faith gets tested. When it does we have to  be willing to jump off the cliff without any worry or fear of consequences. Faith isn’t blind. Faith is doing hard things with eyes full open. Faith is being obedient to God and to scripture even when the situation seems to dictate otherwise.

More than likely, you’ve known a strong believer who truly believed God for healing but didn’t receive it. You’ve probably seen people struggle financially while being faithful to God. Maybe you’ve even experienced a time when for all of your obedience, things didn’t seem to work out. What do you do in those situations?

Trust God even when it doesn’t make sense.

Faith that produces results in the long run is a faith that chooses to trust God even when it doesn’t seem right to. When you have all the answers you don’t need all the faith. When you have all the resources you don’t need all the provision. When you have no struggle you really don’t need much strength.

More often than not in my experience…I’ve needed God to provide, strengthen, encourage, help along, and provide answers. I had to take steps of obedience to God…But God came through with power when I did.

Faith has two sides. At any moment you may find yourself on one or the other.

Hebrews 11:32–38

32 How much more do I need to say? It would take too long to recount the stories of the faith of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, David, Samuel, and all the prophets.

33 By faith these people overthrew kingdoms, ruled with justice, and received what God had promised them. They shut the mouths of lions,

34 quenched the flames of fire, and escaped death by the edge of the sword. Their weakness was turned to strength. They became strong in battle and put whole armies to flight.

35 Women received their loved ones back again from death. But others were tortured, refusing to turn from God in order to be set free. They placed their hope in a better life after the resurrection.

36 Some were jeered at, and their backs were cut open with whips. Others were chained in prisons.

37 Some died by stoning, some were sawed in half, and others were killed with the sword. Some went about wearing skins of sheep and goats, destitute and oppressed and mistreated.

38 They were too good for this world, wandering over deserts and mountains, hiding in caves and holes in the ground.

Here’s what to do:

1.) Be obedient.

2.) Take the step that God tells you to take.

3.) Trust God even when it doesn’t make sense.

Faith is much more than mere words…it’s action, obedience, trust.

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