Welcome, friends! I hope your week is going well.
It’s back to the empty nest around here. Our daughters moved back into their dorm rooms on Friday. I made the trip down to Florida with them on Thursday and flew back home Saturday. My sweet husband brought me flowers when he picked me up at the airport!
In this season of life, I’m finding that change is fairly constant. I get used to our girls being gone, and then they’re home again. Once I get used to that, they leave again. And of course, we’ll have a major change in January when our older daughter gets married!
Do you know what brings comfort during these times of change? Having a God that we can trust. Your change is likely different from mine. It could be a move, a job change, a child in a different school, a new relationship, the loss of a loved one, and the list goes on.
But as believers, we can trust God with whatever comes along in life. He is faithful to walk alongside us and gives us guidance and grace when we face these transitions.
Here are five things – using the letters in TRUST – for us to remember about trusting God through changes.
1. Take everything to God in prayer.
Remember Philippians 4:6? “Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.” God doesn’t want us to be anxious or worried about anything, so His instructions are clear – pray about every. single. thing. Whether it’s a “big” concern, or a little one, pray about it.
In Philippians 4:7, we’re promised peace beyond understanding for our hearts and minds if we’ll obey verse 6. Isn’t peace what we truly need when something in our life is changing? What a loving God He is to tell us how to get that peace.
2. Release your sense of control.
I was going to say “release your control,” but let’s face it, we actually control very little. But we often think we control it all. If we set up the right boundaries or talk to enough people about it or worry enough, everything will be okay.
Trusting God means acknowledging that He is sovereign. He alone has the power to do anything and the wisdom to do the best thing.
3. Understand that you won’t always understand what God is doing.
He won’t always do things the way we want them done. His plan may not follow the one we laid out in our minds. And that’s a good thing.
He tells us in Isaiah 55:8,9, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.“
4. Saturate your mind with God’s Word.
In our flesh, we are weak. We want to trust God, but doubt and fear can keep us up at night or slip into our thoughts at random times. Meditating on truths from the Bible is what will keep us trusting Him.
Psalm 119:24 says, “Thy testimonies also are my delight and my counselors.” We can find joy, comfort, and direction as we read and study Scripture.
5. Timing is in His hands.
Trusting God often involves waiting. As I’ve said before, waiting is not something most of us enjoy! It takes courage to wait, but Psalm 27:14 assures us that God will give us the strength to do it. “Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.”
I like this quote from Dillon Burroughs. “God is never late and rarely early. He is always exactly right on time -His time.”
The Bible tells us that we will be blessed as we trust God! “Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is.” ~Jeremiah 17:7 Whatever change you’re facing, may you have the grace and strength to trust God through it!
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