Putting your trust in God does not mean that you trust Him to make everything end up the way YOU think it should.
Putting your trust in God means that you trust Him to make everything end up the way HE knows it should.
Trust is actually believing that His ways are better and higher than anything we could ask or imagine (immeasurably more— as Ephesians 3:20 points out). Your goals for 2020 should point to Him. They should be ordained by Him. In viewing our life in terms of eternity, our “goals” only matter if they are in line with the ultimate goal. In the Lords Prayer, we are given an outline in which to pray. I come back to this often because it’s such a clear instruction from Jesus. Here it is:
This, then, is how you should pray: “ ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.
Matthew 6:9-13 NIV
This prayer starts with, “hallowed be your name.” This word “hallowed” means He should be honored and glorified. Secondly, Jesus instructs us to pray “your kingdom come, your will be done.” When I read this, it tells me that when we’re are talking with God, we start by focusing on the fact that He is number one. We need to ask Him for everything in our life to point to that fact.
How often, though, do we come to Him with requests?
This is not a bad thing. Philippians 4:6 tells us to make our requests known to God. He cares about what you care about and He wants to hear from you. Too often though, we are putting our requests in front of His purpose or neglecting His plan altogether.
My favorite verse is Proverbs 3:5-6. It says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and he will make your path straight.” This has always been an encouraging verse to me. In so many seasons, including this very confusing one, it tells me that He is in control and worthy of my trust. It also says to “lean not on (my) own understanding” and that tells me that I’m not going to understand it. The lack of understanding may be a good thing. It may mean that it’s becoming more about Him and less about you.
Keep your eyes on the goal!!! The goal is for His Kingdom to come and His Will to be done. Everything that happens in our life should point to that goal.