Our world is full of so many tumultuous things. There is rampant anger, division, ethnic tension, partiality, political differences and upheaval, economic woes and physical losses associated with a pandemic. How do we as people of faith live in this world today? Lord, how should we approach life at the beginning of 2021?
I recently began asking the Lord how do I live as His child in this current world? And the message that came loud and clear repeatedly through His Word was, “Trust“.
I began studying Bible verses and passages on trust. As I did began seeing a theme or pattern emerging. I need to trust God with all details on my life and let Him direct rather than rely on my puny strength or limited understanding.
5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.
6 In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.
7 Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD, and turn away from evil.
8 It will be healing to your flesh and refreshment to your bones. – Proverbs 3:5-8
3 Trust in the LORD, and do good; dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness.
4 Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.
5 Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him, and he will act. – Psalm 37:3-5
As I studied these passages, I found the Hebrew word for trust is “galal” and means to roll, roll away , trust. As Charles Spurgeon wrote in his Treasury of David on Psalms 37 passage we are to “roll the whole burden of life into the Lord.”
So as I live in today’s world this passages showed me several things I can do which all relate to surrender and relationship with God.
1. Trust God
– Do I roll into Him all my burdens, cares, fears, business, relationships, desires and needs?
2. Acknowledge God in all my ways
– Do I acknowledge His presence and power in every step of my life?
– Do I seek God’s guidance and leading for each area and every day?
– Are my plans based on what God is leading me to do or what glorifies Him or just on my own selfish desires?
I know I have much room for growth and change with all these questions. I pray 2021 will help my grow much in those areas.
Has God given you a word or focus for 2021? I would love to hear it.
P.S. Oops! This post was done in early January and got left in my drafts rather than my publishing it.
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