5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Never rely on what you think you know. 6 Remember the Lord in everything you do, and He will show you the right way.
Proverbs 3:5-6 Good News Translation
God is not interested in keeping us in our comfort zones.
Everyone whom God has chosen and loved must learn to step out in faith so as to experience change, growth and transformation. Often we tell God we want to live for Him but somehow we more often than not, hold ourselves back from following His lead. This creates tension between where God wants us to be and what we decide to do in our lives.
Why do we struggle with obeying God?
It is because we do not trust that He has our best interest in mind, resulting in us wanting to feel safe in our comfort zones. Rather than realising that God wants us to feel and be free in Christ, we make decisions out of our fears – one that comes from an orphan spirit,not fully embracing how much we are loved by God.
A comfort zone robs us from experiencing all that God has for us.
If God did not get Abraham out of his home country and into uncharted territory, he would not have become the father of faith and nations. If God did not let Isaac face famine, he would not have prospered a hundredfold. If God did not set Jacob free, he would not have had a new identity and new destiny.
To trust God is to be fully obedient, like a dear child to a beloved Father. Without a clear identity of being a son or daughter of God keeps us from aligning our hearts with the heart of God. Then faith and trust in God will become increasingly trying and perhaps even impossible.
Obedience rests on God’s faithfulness, and not on our ability to completely comprehend God’s plan or fully control His timing. When you have a right view of God’s character and trust in His divine guidance, you can thrive even during the most difficult times. While the Covid-19 pandemic has affected many lives in a negative way, churches and Christians have more opportunities than before to share the gospel with people and see many positive responses.
We often hardly need to trust God when life is easy and smooth sailing. But trusting God, when the unthinkable happens, becomes a real struggle if we have never learned to seek and trust Him daily.
What are you worried most about? What things in your life frighten you or seem out of your control? Do you trust God to help you overcome them?
© Copyright Richard Tan, 2019.
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