Why Trusting God is Essential As Believers

Sunday, October 7, 2018
Welcome everyone! Today I’m reflecting on why Trusting God is so essential as a believer. I want to share this personal journal entry as my first official post and launch of this blog. So, here we go. I remember being at a crossroads a few years ago. There were so many things up in the air and I no longer knew what I wanted. I was scared because the future that I thought I needed to build for myself was not the future that was evolving before me. I remember standing alone in my kitchen and somehow knowing that I would remember that moment where I felt that I had a choice to move forward in faith or fall backwards into a fruitless situation that was comfortable for me. Remembering that moment used to bring shame and a deep sense of pain because I obviously didn't choose to move forward in faith. Yet, I have healed enough to share this with you all. Even so, the consequences of the decision eventually brought more pain and loneliness than I could ever imagine.

Trusting God is Essential

Why Trusting God is Essential?

I remember one conversation that I had with someone a few years ago while discussing faith and living by faith. This person did not agree with the quote in the Bible that states, “Lean not on your own understanding.” This person’s main argument was that it is unrealistic to follow Jesus because His teachings are problematic or at odds with our societal morals and standards. This person didn't understand what was wrong with world knowledge and also believed that there is good in the world. The argument was that we can have peace and make a difference in our own rights. In other words, this person believed we should lean on our own understanding and choose our own paths. During this discussion, I knew that this argument was unsettling for me. It was an uncomfortable challenge to my faith and way of thinking at the time. I hadn’t yet fully experienced the consequences of my choosing to follow my own will and why leaning on our own understanding could bring about so much pain and regret. But, now I am able to share what leaning on my own understanding has done in my life.

A few Years Later

Fast forward a few years later to this moment of revelation (the moment I wrote this journal entry). I felt God bring that prior conversation to the forefront along with that defining moment as mentioned above. It was not an "aha that's what you get" impression that He placed on me. It was a sense of understanding that I could choose to trust Him because He knows what is best for me and he wants to protect me from the wrong people or situations that I can't fully see yet. I'm sure many of you can relate to me. So many times, I've made decisions based on what I saw and what others were saying around me. Sometimes I would feel that gentle impression and hope spring up in my spirit directing me or trying to guide in a different direction than I felt led to take. Even so, more often than not, I would take the more "realistic" route. Or, I would decide that I knew what was best for me in that moment because it made "sense." I used to be a dreamer and would always have a child-like excitement about what life could be. As I grew up my faith began to dwindle due to various things that happened around me or to me. As a result, I began to make safe, unenthusiastic decisions in my life.  

Upon reflection, I have come to realize that the "realistic" approach or leaning on my own understanding hasn't really ever worked out well for me. I am also beginning to see a lot of "realistic" arguments as doubt and more importantly fear. In addition to that, I'm beginning to yearn for that child-like faith, that sense of hope that wherever my journey takes me, I have God waiting for me, speaking encouragement to me, and guiding my next steps. 

Lean Not on Your Own Understanding

You see the decisions that I was making that left me broken-hearted and lost were widely accepted or practical sometimes, safe at other times, or decisions that I made because I couldn't see any other way. I see those decisions now as mistakes. What I couldn't see in those moments was the big picture. What you can't always see are people's true intentions towards you or why a situation is not for you. I was left with feelings of disillusionment and betrayal. But, in the end I had to take accountability for the choices that I made.

So, if there was a response that I would give to someone who would question why he or she should not lean on his or her own understanding. It would simply be because we make mistakes, but God does not. Proverbs 3:5-6:

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

Thank you for taking the time to read my post on why Trusting God is essential as a believer. I hope this has inspired you to have faith and listen to that still small voice no matter what is going on around you. Until next time,

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