“Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.” Psalms 37:5
How? When you don’t see Him, when you don’t hear Him and you can’t reach out and touch Him; how do you trust the Lord? We often hear Christians speaking of turning it over to the Lord. How? How do we know He hears our prayers?
Jeremiah 29:11 says “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. ”
I guess it depends on what you believe. The Bible IS the Word of God, right? We believe what the Word of God says about our lives; therefore we trust in the Lord. Often times we trust God for the “small things” in our life. That’s the easy part. Even non believers believe they will automatically receive that next breath. We tend to take advantage of the “small things”; we come to expect them. Then when the “big one” comes, we go into auto pilot and take the reigns. That would require a lot of trust. We tend to weigh the risks of our natural ability versus our faith and so often choose what is tangible; we’re not that committed.
How do you trust in the Lord? You believe His Word….ALL of His Word. Even when you can only see the tangible, you believe in the Lord. If we allow the tangible, the circumstances surrounding us, to determine our faith we limit God. If we never allow God to show up and show out, He won’t show up and show out – only we do.
Even when we misstep, the Lord is still faithful to us. We seek His guidance, we take a step and but we have no peace. There is a stirring in our spirit. The stirring is tangible but we can’t see it. That stirring is also where we find His grace. We feel His grace. We believe His Word. We KNOW that no matter the circumstances “…God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:7.
We praise Him for His grace and mercy, are humbled by His faithfulness and grateful because He turns our stumbling block into stepping stones. There is no condemnation in the Lord’s grace, only love. We begin “casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ,” 2 Corinthians 10:5.
If we don’t see His grace in the small things, we will never expect it in the big things. On the other hand, when we begin seeing His grace in the small things, we also begin expecting it in the big things…we begin to BELIEVE in the big things.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6