In God We Trust?

03/01/2006   |   Uncategorized    |       |    3 Comments

We are all familiar with the phrase plastered all over U.S. currency – “In God We Trust.”  Isn’t it ironic that we have been conditioned to trust in everything but God?  No doubt, it is easy to do.  In selling our home in order to move to Charlotte, I had a choice to trust in and guard my equity or trust in God and guard my testimony.

 I am learning that following God by faith takes BIG patience while He unfolds His vision for our lives.  I knew for sure by faith that God was going to allow our home to sell; however, I was not prepared for the emotional real estate ride and overall energy required to do it nor the way He was going to be glorified in it.  We deliberately had to trust God one-step at a time although we wanted to FAST FORWARD to the end.  Each step required patience, trust and faith.  I call these the “three musketeers.”  God even knew what obstacles to allow us to encounter.  Wow!  Looking back we were TOTALLY dependent on Him.  We had NO power to make anything happen.

 We were tried, tested and confirmed in what God was calling us to embrace.  Although we are stepping out on faith, it surely isn’t independent of patiently trusting Him along the way.  We were reminded over and over that trust, patience and faith all co-exist.  We are learning how to patiently trust our Lover’s heart for us even when we do not clearly understand what he’s doing at the moment. 

 Over the last couple of weeks Abraham has become my hero.  I stumbled onto Abraham in Genesis 12 just in time.  Watching how he left more than I can fathom by faith to trust God has boosted by energy for the calling.  However, I have also learned from Abraham’s examples of trusting in himself and his own understanding in order to “ensure” that God’s plan was fulfilled (Gen.12:13).  There were countless opportunities for me to bust loose in the flesh versus depending on My Provider in the selling of our home.

How is God calling you to trust Him in this current season of your life?  Maybe it’s a new job, a new relationship, a dream, your family, a relocation, ministry, getting out of debt, school, health, saving money, selling a home, aging parents, coming home to be with your kids, dealing with a difficult person at work, a calling or relating to a difficult parent.  Are you seeing the co-existence of trust, patience and faith in your life?  Patiently trust His heart for you.  Abandon yourself to His highest good for you and allow Him to stretch your faith muscle.  He wants to reveal quietly each step of the way to you.  Do not get out ahead of your Master relying on your own wit or practical understanding to speed up the process so that you can see the end.  God does not need us to take control but give up control.  Give Him the “wheel” and patiently enjoy the RIDE.