MoS: Trust8:21 PM
Sometimes singles don’t have much to trust God with. Or not much in the natural anyway. We don’t have families or a ton of responsibility or houses (well, some of us), so when we talk about trusting God with everything, it may seem a little stilted.
Yet trust is the BIGGEST issue to deal with during the season of singleness.
Why? Because this is about trusting God with the unknown journey of my entire life! I may not have a husband to give to Him for guarding—but right now, I’m giving any possibility of having a husband. I may not have children to entrust to Him—but right now, I’m entrusting whether I’m going to have children. I may not have a home of permanence—but right now, I’m entrusting any physical stability in this life to Him. I may not have twenty years in a career or, for that matter, twenty years spent keeping a home—but right now, I’m entrusting the entire course of my life to Him. This is about consecration, lordship, giving all. This is putting my Isaac on the altar and lifting my hand to kill. It is trusting God with every part of my life—known or unknown.
One of the most quoted verse on trust is Proverbs 3:5-6.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart…”
According to Strong’s Concordance (my authority, since I am not a Hebrew scholar), trust means to trust, be confident or sure; be secure, careless, put confidence, (make to) hope, (put, make to) trust. Trust is me throwing all my confidence in God. Not myself. It is me being confident in the character of God, His goodness, the kind intention of His will toward me and trusting in Him to accomplish that will in my life.
“…And lean not on your own understanding…”
Sometimes I think—life would be so much easier for me, if I had a five, ten and twenty year plan! If the Lord would just reveal when and where and how my life would play out, I’m thinking there would be peace in my soul. My human intellect says that I must understand my ways, so that I can live correctly. I gotta know the plan! But then again, I don’t think an instant revelation of God’s will would be the healthiest thing for me. Where would be the joy and struggle and formation of my heart through the journey? How would I ever learn to trust God with the unseen?
“In all your ways, acknowledge Him…”
Trust is allowing and welcoming the Lord’s direction is every single area of my life. In all my ways. In everything I do, say, plan, purpose, will, accomplish and live. Trust is acknowledging that I am not the Master. God is the Master Planner of my life. He’s not just a little piece of my life. He directs it all.
“And He will direct your paths.”
The truth about trust is this. God never fails! NEVER! I trust Him with my life, and He will do right by me. God is not a man that He should lie. One of my favorite verses ever is 2 Timothy 2:13, “If we are faithless, He remains faithful, for He cannot deny Himself.” God’s character is such that it is impossible for Him to be unfaithful. Yes, He WILL direct my paths. I find great comfort in Psalm 23, which speaks the Shepherd’s care for His sheep. There are so many promises of God’s care for me during this chapter... He will provide all I need. He will bring me to a good place. He will protect me; I do not need to fear anything. He will comfort me. He will prepare a place for me. He honors me and blesses me abundantly! And the best part, “Surely goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”
Yes, the Lord will direct my paths into a good place. Even in marriage. His promise is completely trustworthy.