When New Chapters Bring New Trust

Take delight in the Lord,

and he will give you your heart’s desires.

Commit everything you do to the Lord.

Trust him, and he will help you.

Psalms 37:4-5 (NLT)

If you can’t tell already, a bunch of my previous posts have touched on the subject of trust.

And, for those of you who know what the heck kind of whirlwind my life is right now, you can totally understand why I’ve been focusing on this theme!

For those of you who don’t know, however, Joe and I have been praying a lot about next chapters/next steps. We have seen friend after friend get married, have kids, buy new houses, and start new jobs. They invest wisely, grow in their faith, and seem to be living these picturesque lives we feel as though we can only pray for.

Today during my daily (okay, not-so-daily) Bible study, I started day two of a quick series on Trust (you can find the study here). The very first verse I was supposed to read was Psalms 37:4-5, and it kinda struck a chord in me.

I realized that instead of taking delight in the Lord, I was slowly slipping down a slope of putting my joy and finding my happiness in material possessions. I was trying to fulfill my heart’s desires for myself instead of knowing that God is in control of everything and will give me even what I’m not sure to ask for!

The most uncomfortable part, however, wasn’t understanding the depth of my brokenness in this area (trust me, I’ve known that for a long time).

The worst part was actually the second half of the verse:

Commit everything you do to the Lord. Trust him, and he will help you.

Commit everything you do to the Lord? I don’t know about you, but that is freaking tough!

I remember this past weekend speaking with a friend at church who is struggling to figure out how to parent her adult child who is moving out of the house. She wants to be there for and support them, but she feels as though she should also “just let go”.

This situation sounds to me just like what we all wrestle with on a daily basis. Are we going to let go of the tight grip we have on a job and trust that God could take it away at any second? Are we going to take a deep breath as our family member chooses to separate and live their own life, even though we want to yell and scream at them to make sure they don’t do anything stupid?

How about this: are we willing to take the time every day to pray about our futures and intentionally ask the Lord to help us trust Him more? Believe me when I say this, that is the scariest prayer I have ever prayed.

My answer to these questions are all the same, and I have already stated it twice before:

Trust him, and he will help you.

Friends, I have seen circumstance after circumstance where, when I actively choose to lay down my life at Jesus’ feet by praying to have more trust during a particularly rough chapter, the fruit of my faith blows me away. Every. Single. Time.

Remember this truth this week: God rewards those who choose to be faithful (James 1:12-22). We don’t have to have faith the size of a mountain; a mustard seed will do just fine.

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