Move forward in trust when nothing seems to be changing?
I have resigned myself to a year of trusting. Just as we seem to be going the right direction in one place, another area seemingly falls apart. I say those words as I believe God’s promise to hold all things together when I feel as if we are in the midst of an implosion.
When we are taken deep into the wilderness, I have to wonder how much we miss. Fixated on the circumstances, we survey the damage and lose sight of God.
In Deuteronomy, chapter twenty-nine, the Israelites lost sight of God and missed what He had done.
“These are the words of the covenant the Lord commanded Moses to make with the Israelites in the land of Moab, in addition to the covenant he had made with them at Horeb. Moses summoned all Israel and said to them, ‘You have seen with your own eyes everything the Lord did in Egypt to Pharaoh, to all his officials, and to his entire land. You saw with your own eyes the great trials and those great signs and wonders.Yet to this day the Lord has not given you a mind to understand, eyes to see, or ears to hear. I led you forty years in the wilderness; your clothes and the sandals on your feet did not wear out;'” Deuteronomy 29:1-5 (CSB)
A lot is going on in chapter twenty-nine, but, I do not want you to miss this:
I led you forty years in the wilderness; your clothes and the sandals on your feet did not wear out.
Forty years in the wilderness and the Israelites did not notice their clothing or sandals had not worn out.
Instead, the Israelites were looking around at their circumstances, seeing what they had lost and fixated on their hardships.
Sounds familiar, doesn’t it?
I can relate, can you?
The unholy hard is the holy interruption beckoning us closer to God.
I do not want to miss Him. Do you? Without God, I will fold under challenging circumstances.
How do I know? Because I have been there before.
We are expected to move forward in trust when nothing seems to be changing. How?
How do we move forward in trust?
Can I tell you from the moment God dropped the word trust into my heart, turning me inside out, He has been faithful with provision from His Word.
In obedience more than desire, I show up in the darkness of predawn, and He is faithful to be there waiting for me.
Scriptures for Trusting
“but those who trust in the Lord will renew their strength; they will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not become weary, they will walk and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31 (CSB)
“You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you. Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord is an everlasting rock.” Isaiah 26:3-4 (ESV)
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding.” Proverbs 3:5 (CSB)
“Those who know your name trust in you because you have not abandoned those who seek you, Lord.” Psalm 9:10
We move forward in trust by being obedient and showing up to meet with God.
In Lydia Brownback’s devotional, Trust, she says this:
“The only way will learn to trust God is by getting to know God.”
Dearest One, be obedient, show up, cultivate an intimate knowledge of God, and in the midst of your unholy hard your feet will begin to dance in the holy.
“My morning grew quiet and my feet began to dance?”
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I’m blessed to serve you in this place, to share with you the Gifts of Grace as I journey through the wilderness. I picture you across the table, hands wrapped tightly around your cup, sharing life, and laughter, and tears. As I share with you, my daily struggles, I long to hear what yours may be. You can do that by commenting below or reaching out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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