It’s easy to trust God when it’s convenient, but trusting God is oftentimes not convenient. It’s tempting to play it safe and do what everyone else says “works.” I’ve done that, and it hasn’t gotten me anywhere. Trusting God and going against conventual wisdom is what got me the big breaks in my life. I’m not against seeking wise counsel, but I make sure God has the final say-so in my decision-making process.
Like many of you, I have struggled with letting go of my thoughts and ideas for God’s word. The reason why I’m so passionate about writing blog posts about being God-centered is that I’ve lived a self-centered Christian life before, and it has done more harm than good. Trusting God is all about praying and meditating on his word; for more information on how to meditate, check out my Meditation Is Medicine post on Blogger.
“Then Peter called to him, ‘Lord, if it’s really you, tell me to come to you, walking on the water.’ ‘Yes, come,’ Jesus said. So Peter went over the side of the boat and walked on the water toward Jesus. But when he saw the strong wind and the waves, he was terrified and began to sink. ‘Save me, Lord!’ he shouted. Jesus immediately reached out and grabbed him. ‘You have so little faith,’ Jesus said. ‘Why did you doubt me?’ When they climbed back into the boat, the wind stopped. Then the disciples worshiped him. ‘You really are the Son of God!’ they exclaimed.”
– Matthew 14:28-33
Taking the leap of faith is hard enough but keeping your eyes on Jesus while doing the unconventional thing God has called you to do is even more challenging. Walking on water sounded just as insane back then as it does today, and while Peter had the courage to take the risk, he allowed the waves of the water to intimidate him, so he ended up sinking. There are so many times where I’ve trusted God and felt at peace, but the moment where I allow other people’s opinions (mostly family members) to enter in, I ended up feeling anxious and worried all over again. It can be challenging to trust God when the people you respect and admire tell you to panic. In the past few months, I have been surrounding myself with Christ-Centered believers to keep me encouraged.
Right now (if you saw my previous post), I’m trusting God for a remote writing job for a Christian publication. I know God put blogging in me for a reason. I have a strong desire for encouraging people, and Blogger gives me the space to do that. I trust that God will give me the desires of my heart as long as I trust Him and do good according to Psalms 37:3-5:
“Trust in the Lord and do good. Then you will live safely in the land and prosper. Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you your heart’s desires. Commit everything you do to the Lord. Trust him, and he will help you.”
Trust God, and He’ll open doors for you.