Sometimes Trusting God is HARD!
The hardest decisions in life to make are the ones dependent upon someone else. At least that's my opinion. If I make a decision based on my own abilities I have a confidence to some degree that I will succeed. But not all decisions can be based on ME.
I'll give you an example. If my wife and I make plans to take our twin toddlers (4 yrs old) to Disney World this summer... I would need to make that decision with a dependence on my wife.
She would be a part of the financial and planning part of the trip... but most importantly the RODEO itself! Yes, a rodeo. We would tag team in showing off our skills in roping calves and rounding up cattle. (I.E. toddlers) If you have been to Disney, you understand. YeeHaw
My point is... I would not attempt this endeavor by myself. I love my kids but I might be tempted to leave one at Disney after a day of bliss.
My decision to take this trip would be based on my wife as much as myself. It would require TRUST in my wife's ability to follow through on her role in the trip. But this is an easy scenario: Go to Disney with toddlers or not? 1. Do we have the money? 2. Do we have the time? 3. Do we have the patience? All answers point to...
What about making decisions in the really HARD situations?
"I just got fired and I need to find a new occupation"
"We have 4 kids and thought we were done. My wife just found out she's pregnant!"
"I have cancer and the doctor said my chances of survival are slim."
"My spouse is addicted to pornography and I don't know what to do."
I can go all day with tough situations. But when you need to make HARD decisions in times like these... who do YOU trust in? The fact of the matter is you don't have what you need in times like these. You need to base your decision on someone else. Someone trustworthy with a proven tract record of following through on promises.
You probably know where I'm going with this. The best and more trustworthy person is Jesus. His promises have withstood the tests of time. He is certainly powerful enough to get you through your situation. He understands because he walked in our shoes and experienced the ugliness of humanity Himself. He knows what happens next, so His answer/provision in your situation will be based on knowledge you don't have.
Proverbs 3:5-6 (NLT)
5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. 6 Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.
Bottom line, many of us already KNOW this. We get it. Jesus is the Great I AM. He is God, He is all powerful, All knowing and everywhere at once.
BUT LET'S BE VULNERABLE AND HONEST FOR A SECOND...
In the midst of an impossible situation where I am losing my mind... it can be HARD to just trust Jesus. You can tell me to "trust Jesus" over and over and over... but for some reason it seems too difficult to put that in action.
I think it goes back to the core of whose outcome you want the decision to support. Simpy put. Does this decision need to support MY desired outcome or God's? It's not that I don't trust God. I just don't always agree with God's plan in comparison with my own. Again, just being honest.
We struggle with trusting God's plan because it's not OUR plan. That's why it's so HARD!
If you have time, listen to a recent message I preached about "Trusting God".
We looked at the story of Esther and how messed up the start to her life really was. She was essentially a young teenage girl whose parents died, and she was pimped out to the king for what was probably a one night stand. And you think you have it rough?
But in the end, Esther trusted her God. She put other people's best interest at heart over her own. And God showed up in miraculous ways. Essentially, she had to decide between HER plan and GOD'S plan.
Sometimes trusting God is HARD!
My wife and I have been licensed to provide Foster Care for about 5 years now. We felt God put this ministry on our hearts. If you know me, you know it had to be God because I don't even really like kids. Probably being too honest now. LOL
But one summer we had a brother and sister who were about 5 years old come stay with us. We proceeded to try to make them feel at home and loved as best we could. We bought them new clothes and stocked up the refrigerator with their favorite foods. We got them new toys and signed them up for fun activities. We took them to the doctor and made sure they were healthy. You would expect these kids to be overwhelmed with joy and appreciation toward us...
You'd be wrong. They were often angry with us because we were part of the group of adults who ripped them out of the only home they knew. They often cried themselves to sleep because they missed their family... we weren't that. They preferred their old tattered clothes and blankets over the awesome new stuff. When they would start to enjoy our way of life, suddenly we would experience an outburst that could win an Oscar award. I'll never forget driving 2 1/2 hours with nonstop screaming in the backseat after a wonderful day at a museum called "The Scoop on Poop". Don't judge... everybody does it and it's educational.
Long story long...
Our foster kids weren't interested in what was BEST for them at this time. Our group of adults that took them out of their home... we knew it wasn't safe for them in that season. But these children couldn't get passed their own desire to GO HOME. Even though that wouldn't be wise, safe or in their best interest. They desired their normal, their home. And in the beginning, these scared little kids trusting us, simply wasn't in the cards.
They did eventually get to go back home BTW... and we still see them a few times a year. They will forever be our foster kids. :-)
But how often do WE react to bad situations JUST LIKE FOSTER KIDS do?
Even though God knows what's best for us, we refuse to listen because it's not what we WANT to see happen! We throw tantrums and act as if God's plan is going to hurt us...
It's not. If were still being honest... His plan just doesn't allow your plan to play out. And many times we can't understand WHY God is doing it a certain way. But that's when we must go back to TRUSTING GOD. Am I interested in my plan or God's plan?
Yes, sometimes trusting God is HARD. But it's best. God loves you and has an amazing plan for your life. Here's a promise I believe we can stand on:
Jeremiah 29:11 (NLT) - For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.
God is TRUSTWORTHY and His plan for your life is to give you a future and a HOPE. Choose the hard decision to trust Jesus. Place your life in His hands. And brace yourself for miraculous outcomes that follow fully trusting God in your life!
Jesus loves you. May you be blessed as you live ALL IN in Christ.
Love in Christ,
Pastor Kamron Oberlin