It is easy to trust the Lord when everything is predictable and all is under your control. The real test comes when you don’t understand everything that is going on. The fact is that God does not let us know everything. He is the only one who knows it all otherwise He wouldn’t be God.
I. Just Know You Are Going
Now the Lord had said to Abram:
“Get out of your country,
From your family
And from your father’s house,
To a land that I will show you.
I will make you a great nation;
I will bless you
And make your name great;
And you shall be a blessing.”
If you don’t have it all figured out realize you are in good company because Abram did not know where he was going – all he knew is that he was going! When God shows you what you are to do it is not your job to get everything figured out. Rather, we are called to trust He knows exactly what He is doing. In Isaiah it tells us that we are “led forth with peace”. Trust in the peace of God that He gives when you hear His voice. The fruit of hearing and obeying the voice of God is the peace that accompanies your act of alignment with His will. Just know that you are going – and going to follow after His heart. He will take care of everything else.
II. Knowing God Is Good
Or do you despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance, and longsuffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance?
With a good foundation of understanding of the nature of God in your life you learn His ways. There is no need to fear or fret for He has created you for His purposes. As you learn to trust in Him it shows as you continue to lay down your agenda at His feet. God is good. Sometimes He blesses us with the things we would even like to have. Then other times He chooses something that He knows is best for us. To know His nature and what He is like is to know that you can trust what He is doing. He Who has began a good work in you will complete it.
III. Staying Flexible
There is a blessing in being flexible with God. God is the one who tests us, refines us and makes us after His image. As we learn to be flexible with God and compliant to His desires He will take us from glory to glory by the Spirit.
And try to learn [in your experience] what is pleasing to the Lord [let your lives be constant proofs of what is most acceptable to Him].
This is true in the general context of bearing the fruit of the Spirit – learning how to recognize what pleases and grieves the Holy Spirit. It equally has meaning in the specific tasks that God assigns to us. The deeper we follow the Lord in surrender the more He entrusts to us for His glory.
IV. Finding His Heart
There are two things that can happen when difficult times come. We can either draw closer to God as our Source of help or we can run from Him thinking He is against us. The later would be an issue of not truly knowing His nature or having not experienced the reality of Who He is. God is love. He wants to take us deeper and deeper into a life of love and relationship with Him. He opens doors, reveals His secrets and even the things He is doing in the earth. These things He shares with those He calls “prophets”. In essence someone is a prophet who walks close to the heart of God. A prophet is also someone who typically is not treated all that nice. As Jesus said, “They did it to me – don’t be surprised if it happens to you as well.”
One person in the Bible you might not have considered a prophet, although he is specifically pointed out as such, is the sweet psalmist David. You really don’t have to wonder why David was mentioned in this way because you can see that his intimacy and devotion to God was clearly evident. In a nutshell, we see that His love for vocalizing His worship to God was a key in developing His ability to hear God personally. But what made his worship complete, just like Abram, was because he followed God sacrificially. Just like Abram was willing to sacrifice his only son, David was willing to suffer much just for loving God as he had to hide until his time would come to be king of Israel.
V. Living Sacrifices
In our life with God there will be times we sacrifice, difficulties and hard decisions that we have to make. All of these things happen as we follow the Lord. Because we follow God does not mean that we get everything easy.
“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”
Jesus told us the road that leads to life is “narrow” and there are few that find it. He told us to take up “our cross” and follow Him. This does not come off very seeker-sensitive but rather seems to be an approach that would eliminate the half-hearted.
God is into whole-hearted devotion. David would not offer to the Lord something that cost Him nothing. He understood the price and how it pleased the Lord. In our society people are always looking for the deal or want something for nothing. Christ paid the highest price for us. Arm yourself with this same mind with your life hidden in Him. Give God all you are. Just say, “Where you lead I will follow… I will go.” As we surrender all that we are to Him He pours out blessings that we cannot even contain!