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How Do I Find My Purpose?: Trust God part 2 (Process to Purpose Series)

“Trust in the Lord…” Psalm 37:3

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What does it mean to trust?

I’m so glad you asked.

According to Webster, trust is:

Confidence in…

  1. the honesty
  2. the integrity
  3. the reliability
  4. the justice

…of another person or thing.

Is it hard for you to have confidence in the honesty, integrity, reliability, and justice of God?

One friend commented last week that she doesn’t have a hard time trusting God; she has a hard time trusting herself and if she is hearing him correctly.

I can say “Amen” to that!

But I’ve also learned that God blesses faith. I believe He blesses faith even when we mistakenly do something God did not tell us to do.

For example: Sarah and Abraham made a mess of things when they decided to have a son with the help of Sarah’s maid. They never lost faith that God was going to make Abraham the father of many nations, but it was taking a long time. So they tried to help God. Despite the pain that came because of their mistake, the Bible says, “…Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness” (Romans 4:3).

California mountains
My son, Drew, on a mountain in California this summer.

I think we get confused in the trust department because our “trust” is focused on other things rather than the goodness of God. Our trust is placed in our circumstances, answered/unanswered prayers, our health, our jobs, our families, our doctors, the prognosis. Yet we know that at any given moment all of these things can crumble.

Only God is always good.

I’ve struggled finding value and purpose. Part of that struggle came out of focusing on what the world said was valuable. I knew better. But I couldn’t shake it. I’m convinced though, that I’ve found value and purpose because I’ve spent so long (over 20 years) investing everyday in my relationship with God. I don’t say that to pat myself on the back. I was desperate. There was nowhere else to go in my loneliness and searching but to the Bible, prayer, and worship.

"friends" courtesy of Wikimedia.
“friends” courtesy of Wikimedia.

We trust people who we know. People we’ve spent time talking to. People who’ve proven their goodness to us.

If you are having trouble in the “trusting God” department, hang out with Him. Go to coffee every morning with Jesus. Pour yourself a cup. Open His letter He wrote to you (the Bible) and have a conversation with Him. Talk out loud. Be honest. Write in your journal. Be intentional just like you are in your relationships with others.

What other things can you do to know God better and grow your trust?

Loved hearing from ya’ll on Wednesday’s post! It’s so encouraging to get feedback. If you post a comment today,  I’ll put your name in again for the drawing on Tuesday to win a Key-Word study Bible. (Double your chances to win!) Please “like” my facebook page too if you haven’t already. Comments and likes enter you into the contest.

 

With Joy!

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“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28

 

 

 

 

 

 

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