TRUSTING GOD DAY TO DAY
How to gain contentment during daily life through
the use of faith and trust in God.
Once we start to see how life
experiences and faith
fit together, the genuine wonder of it (and its
outcomes) begins to become apparent. Remember though, the more we use faith, the
more of it we get. That is, the more
we put our growing faith to work, the
faster we will come to believe in God. And I am writing about evidence-based belief. For a quick overview of the many faith and belief building options, that are actually available to us, please see the article, “Believing in God”.
in mind that it is ok to
have occasional doubts along the way.
This is to be accepted as healthy self questioning. If faith is to
endure, we must go into it with our minds open. As already stated, the
article, “How to deal with doubts” has been dedicated to the subject.
We Christians know that the
closer we walk with God (i.e. engage with him), the more definite the evidence of his presence will be in our lives. By
this I mean: trying hard to be obedient to our Lord; looking for his guidance there in life and
making decisions accordingly; strengthening our relationship with him
through maturing prayer; involving him fully in all areas of
life through prayer and ‘trust’; regularly attending church services; reading the
Bible to continually grow our knowledge of the basis of faith.
Honestly, from my decades of experience, God’s
existence; his presence in our lives, can become virtually concrete
when following those steps above. And I have taken the time to discuss
the subject with other Christians. Those who stated to me that they had
followed a similar faith journey to me, strongly agreed with my
judgement on it. That is, it all works for them too. Look ... the
promises are there in the Bible! That book proves itself when put to
the test, I can assure you.
2. OBEDIENCE AND DRAWING CLOSER
us have a look at how we can actually draw closer to the Lord, through
‘obedience’ and developing our trusting relationship with him. We are in fact ‘shifting up a gear’ in our faith journey by doing so.
With regards to obedience as raised above, I
mean trying hard to live ... well ... a life based on the word of God
(the Bible) as it applies to us. Essentially, that means trying to live
the kind of life that God desires of us, a life that is essentially ‘not just about me’.
Speaking from experience, a life lived in this manner has a number of benefits for us: it
makes us feel more comfortable in our relationship with God; it
increases his love and gratitude towards us; it creates a sense of
contentedness and self satisfaction in us. Overall, we just become
closer to him, and all that flows from that, as a result. From the Bible’s New Testament (the Jesus bits) as Jesus himself advised:
Whoever has my commands and obeys them,
he is the one who loves me.
He who loves me will be loved by my Father,
and I too will love him and show myself to him.
God demonstrates his love for us, and his gratitude for our obedience, in ways that
further reveals his presence in our lives; his reality. Also from the New Testament:
Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us,
we have confidence before God,
and receive from him anything we ask,
because we obey his commands and do what pleases him.
[1 John 3:21-22]
And so in many ways we should individually work at our relationships with God, as both evidence of his presence in our lives and proof of his love for us
grows steadily. At this stage of my own relationship I know that he
me and I can say that I love him back. Again I remind you the reader
about the way my brain is wired. I need evidence to accept anything as
real. And as a result, if that love of God is as real as it is for me,
then I guess anyone else who desires it can reach the same position.
Of course, remember to try to set aside time to spend with the Lord when possible, particularly in ‘mature prayer’. I am reasonably good at it these days, but
it did not come easily for me. But please try it for yourself because it
does, as I discovered, enable faster growth of that
all important relationship.
am not saying that entering this type of trusting relationship with God
is effortless. It is easier to do so when we have got ourselves to a position
where we have begun to actually believe in him at least; to recognise him there
within our ‘fellowship of faith’ (our chosen church) and our everyday lives. When we are at this stage of
faith and belief, then it is time to try moving even closer to him in trust.
I advised in the article, “A relationship with God”, that we firstly need to accept through ‘faith’ that God really is
there. Now at this point of that relationship, i.e. moving even closer to
him in trust, we are better served by accentuating that sense of
having him with us. It is explained in the Bible just how close his
presence actually is:
For in him we live and move and have our being.
[Acts 17:28 extract]
His presence as such is absolute. My advice is to grasp that description: through faith to feel him there. And as Christians we look towards Jesus, letting the Holy Spirit
in that. Our aim is to accept Jesus as our Lord and Saviour. Sounds
like a huge sacrifice? Well, it is not. It is there that holiness and
peace enters our lives. Big time!
I can certainly say that my belief of God’s
presence in my life, and the love that I have for him, has been
substantially empowered through my use of ‘trust’. In
essence a deep trusting relationship on our part opens the door for God
to apply all of his potential loving care to us. That again does not mean bad
stuff will not happen to us or our loved ones though.
What I actually mean is God will lead us to our full potential; make
lives more complete and contented. And
yet again this has no bearing on
gaining financial wealth or the like.
3. WALKING IN TRUST WITH HIM
So, if we are to genuinely ‘walk in trust’
with God on a daily basis, where and how should we start? I suggest you just begin your walk with him by opening
yourself for short periods at first. Accept through faith that he wants
to engage with
you in your day; ready to provide his loving care. Yet again, I will be
surprised if you do not find that a day, or even hours, spent deliberately ‘walking with God’ – completely opening yourself in trust to his presence
in your life – will roll along much more smoothly and productively than
normal. Sometimes, as I have often seen it, the outcome may actually be quite profound, but that
depends on what you are trying to achieve in your endeavours. Importantly, as Christians, we must remember life is ‘not all about me’!
As a starting point, for walking in trust, we carefully look for his guidance
in our day. If we are genuinely on track in this regard, we can expect
his loving care; his helping hand to become evident. If you like, have
a look at the article “God’s helping hand”.
It explains how God assists us, removing barriers, through divine
providence (i.e. his helping hand) when we follow his guidance in life.
Remember again (and I keep repeating this), it is not just all about me! It is not
about laziness either. In that day you might work on a home
project for your family or a
challenging job at work; help out a neighbour, school friend, co-worker,
relative or even a stranger ... whatever. I will say too, that God’s helping hand is even more obvious when we go out of our way to actually help others.
If you put in the effort, open and
relax yourself to
God’s presence as you perform your obligations, then he will assist. Don’t forget to let other people know that God deserves some credit for success when it happens though.
Do not worry, during this process of ‘testing the waters’, if
something doesn’t go as originally planned by you: chat with him, feel positive in his power, calmly let
events unfold in the way that they do again in complete trust. From the Bible’s Old Testament:
Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding.
case, you will normally
find that any change, in contrast to your actual expectations, was always going to lead to the best outcome
for overall success. I can
definitely say he wants to help. So be ready, as totally open to him as
you can be, and relaxed about events as they unfold. And I mean really relax, in total trust. In other words, be totally confident in his desire and ability to assist you. It will happen for you, I am almost certain!
Gradually, gradually, build up your practise of trusting him.
Walk with him through the whole day, as soon as you can relax into that.
Increase the regularity of your chats with him as you get the chance.
Hand over problems you are facing etc ... confide in him about them. The article, “Prayers of request” offers principles that may apply here.
You will come to clearly recognise his power as it is released into your life as time passes. It might
not happen in the first week or month, but gradually your faith and
belief will increase in strength as contentment in that
trusting relationship increases. The final step is to hand over your
life’s direction to him.
Continue to the next article, “Trusting God with your life”.