I wanna take you on a journey of something I’ve been learning recently. It is probably one of the hardest things I have ever encountered in my relationship with God, but it’s also incredibly important. I want to talk about trusting God.
I recently started studying out God’s plan, learning how to trust God’s plan, discerning God’s plan, and how to know which way to go. Through studying these things out, I came across a bible study online ( https://www.ibelieve.com/faith/i-know-the-plans-i-have-for-you-trusting-god-when-his-plan-is-scary-and-hard.html ) This study transformed the way I was viewing God’s plan and the struggles along the way. I just want to thank the author of this study for sharing her wisdom and what God has taught her in order to help others.
When it comes to plans for my life, I’m sure I’m not alone in wanting to control those plans. It is so hard to relinquish that control when I think I know what is best OR what I really, really want. I mean, what happens when I want something so badly, but it’s not what God wants for me? HELLO THAT’S HARD. BUT, something that the author says here is that “we’ll sense His peace as we release control to Him.” This is far more easily said than done, but deep down I know that it’s worth it. It’s a promise that God will give us peace when we trust Him and that He will guide our paths when we commit our plans to Him (Proverbs 16:3). But again, this requires us committing our plans to God and giving HIM the control. We will not know the outcome or the plan that God has for us, but if we allow Him to guide us, we’ll be walking down the past possible path. It’s hard to not know or have all of the answers, but that’s what trusting God is.
When I don’t feel like my plans are aligning with God I can easily feel confused and I have no idea which way to go. But a verse that she brought to my attention is Isaiah 30:21. Although God isn’t specifically talking to us here, I found this incredibly comforting- “Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.”” When I give God my plans, He is guiding me- He’s not leabing me floundering, confused at a crossroads. God truly cares about each step I take and He does have amazing plans for me, but I have to trust Him enough to listen.
So what about when I’m trying to trust God, but I’m in the midst of a really hard, really scary place? GOD IS STILL THERE. Sometimes the struggle is part of God’s plan; we don’t know where God is leading us, but maybe the struggle is preparing us for what’s on the other side. Something that really stuck out to me in this study is when the author said, “sometimes we have to stay in the struggle for a while.” OKAY, I’m gonna be honest- I DON’T LIKE THE STRUGGLE. I definitely don’t want to stay in it. But I’m trying to hold onto the truth that God has a purpose for every struggle I’m in. I’m trying to hold onto the truth that struggles CAN be a part of God’s plan NOT the absence of God. But I have to be surrendered even to the parts of the plan that don’t feel good; even to the struggles. God promises that He will never abandon us- even if our own mother and father abandon us, God will continue to hold us tight (Psalm 27:10). God is there in the midst of the struggle, but do we trust Him enough to persevere through it? God does not want us to become discouraged- He wants us to be overcomers. Don’t let the hardships chase away the hope and the goodness that God has for you.
Ultimately God has plans for us that far outweigh anything we could dream up for ourselves. Do we trust and believe that enough to give him the control over our plans even if the road is bumpy? Do we trust God enough to let him lead us down unknown paths? Do we trust God even though we don’t know or understand the plan? I’ll leave you with this final quote from this study-
“We don’t have to know the plan, because God does.”