Trusting God even when it’s all you’ve got
Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this: He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn, your vindication like the noonday sun. Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him. Psalm 37:3-7
Waiting on God does not mean being passive. Trusting God is waiting on Him while avoiding worry and at the same time giving oneself to faithful service. When the Psalmist said in the passage “Commit your way to the Lord,” it means a complete abandon of all our cares on His throne. He would rather have us serve Him than be immobilized with fear and anxiety. One way you prove that you are trusting God is your willingness to continue to serve Him inspite of the circumstances you have. “Always work enthusiastically for the Lord, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless” (1 Corinthians 15:58). Learning to wait upon the Lord means to demonstrate godly character. The most difficult part in waiting is to have patience. There is a temptation to take matters into our hands when we are getting frustrated because of the delays in His answers. This leads to disregarding His will and pursuing what we know will work to achieve our desired outcome. God’s admonition is that when you are waiting let God’s righteousness shine through your actions (Ps. 37:6). Once you grow trusting Him, you will also develop characters that reflect godly living. Your true character shows once you go through difficulties in life. This is why God uses trials to produce godly character. When you are growing in your faith you remain steadfast and firm. He wants to shine His righteousness through you like the sun rising out of the darkness. When people see this brightness coming out of your life, they might desire to also have a relationship with God. Always remember that when you are going through circumstances in life, God is accomplishing something far greater than you can imagine. Remember that God will accomplish what He planned out for your life. Delight in the things of God and not on the allurement of this world. Having His wisdom within will help you discover the joy of knowing that in Him you can have satisfaction. You also can take comfort that He is present and at work. When there is an opportunity to wait, look at it as an occasion where He will help you grow trusting Him.
Noel De Guzman