Sometimes I feel a real need to step back, take a look at my life, and ask myself very penetrating questions. Questions like these:
- What do I consider my greatest weakness?
- What is God asking me to do that I keep putting off?
- Why do I have such fear in certain situations?
As I look at these questions and identify the areas I really need to grow in, I find it usually comes back to one big question: Will I trust God and step out by faith in His truth that is clear in the Scriptures?
Trusting God—choosing His way over your way—is the biggest issue in all of life.
It’s hard for me to even consciously think of not trusting God, especially since I have experienced nothing but His goodness and mercy all the days of my life. But my flesh is always at work to keep me from living out that trust.
Each new day brings the intense battle of faith vs. sight to the forefront of my life. And when the trust of His love and truth wins the fight, there are no regrets.
When we trust the Lord and step into His truth, we will find blessings. But often those blessings don’t come right away or sometimes they come as a result of pain or difficulty. In those moments, it’s hard to let faith win the battle.
But when we truly recognize the truth of God and believe His plan—even the painful parts—to be covered with love and His best intentions for us, we will come to desire His will more deeply than anything the world can offer.
Jesus once said this:
"'My food,' said Jesus, 'is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work.'" –John 4:34
That should also be our response. If we believe everything we long for is found in Jesus Christ, then we need to trust God in His plan and say, “My food is to do all that Jesus asks of me.”
We must call ourselves to a simple renewal of our desire for Jesus and our trust in the Father. We need to tell Him, “Yes, Lord. I trust You totally in this situation. Your will be done.”
God moves the world in harmony with His will for our lives. Today, and every day, may we say, “Thank You, Father. I trust You.”
John's travels for ministry behind the Iron Curtain led him to found East-West Ministries International in 1993. John and his wife, Susie, live in Dallas, Texas and have a grown daughter and two grandchildren.