Trust in the Lord with all you heart and do not lean on your own understanding.
Commit your way to the Lord; trust in Him, and He will act.
It is easy to say I trust in God when everything is going well. It is easy to say, “God is good,” when things seem to be going my way. It is quite another thing to say, “God is good,” when I am in the midst of a trial. How often my first re-action to a trial has been “Why me?” or “What have I done to deserve THIS!?” All along I should have been saying, “God is good!!”
If in the midst of a trial my first reaction is to say, “God is good,” then God has me exactly where He wants me. If I am content to suffer whatever trial the Creator of the universe has allowed and ordained, then I am in the perfect place to receive the blessing that will come through the trial, or better, I am in the perfect place to allow Him to use me to bless others.
As I sit here, looking out over a vast ocean, with nothing but water in sight, I am reminded of Jonah. Jonah was in a place to be a blessing to Nineveh, yet he ran. Then, there was this storm, a gang-up and being thrown over-board, then a big fish swallowing Jonah, three day’s in the belly, repentance, prayer and worship, being thrown up, preaching, repentance, blessing. How much easier it would have been for Jonah to swallow his pride and allowed God to accomplish the thing that He wanted accomplished – obedience.
The bottom line is this, God will accomplish His will with, or without me, but He much more prefers my obedience, or better trust. When I walk outside of obedience, I am telling the Creator, “I don’t trust You.” Plain and simple. When I walk in His will, even when I don’t understand it (His ways are higher than mine, His thoughts are higher than mine.), I am saying, “I trust You completely.” I know that He always has my best interests at heart and will never allow me to go through something that isn’t meant to bring good in my life and others around me.
Lord God, Papa God, You are holy, holy, holy! Worthy of all praise, honor, and glory. Thank you for this day and the beauty in which You have surrounded me. Allow me to see Your reign in my life. Help me walk in Your grace and in the midst of everyday life, let me always and expectantly proclaim, “God is good!” You are good, Father, beyond my understanding of “good.” Help me walk each day trusting Your will completely and in so doing bring glory to Your Name and blessing to those around me. Amen.