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TRUSTING GOD WITH YOUR LIFE

Advice on how to lead a very contented life
through faithfulness and trust in God
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1. INTRODUCTION

As we move to this level of faith, trusting him with our life's direction, we finally shift into top gear in our walk with God; our faith journey. The articles in this section of the website, that precede this one, have led us to this point of guidance from me.

It is here, through that trust, we actually find ourselves ... the person that God intends us to be! I cannot put it any clearer: we put our complete faith in him, and follow his guidance in all the big aspects of our lives, knowing that he will offer support to us as we do so.

What I am meaning here is that providence as explained in God’s helping hand, and Trusting God day to day can be released by God within our lives on a daily, weekly, monthly or even whole of life basis if we are in turn faithful to him.

I have already used the Bible verse below in another article, God’s helping hand. The verse applies equally here. It clearly indicates that he wants to be involved in all areas of our lives AND he will assist if he is invited in!

In all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make your paths straight.
[Proverbs 3:6]

2.    REWARD FOR OUR FAITHFULNESS

If you can hold yourself in faiths top gear, his loving presence will become obvious. In effect, the closer the relationship we have with him, the more that we trust him in his guidance, the harder we try to live the life he desires of us, then the stronger the results will be that flow from his care towards us.

You may be wondering here whether the sacrifices you might have to make in life, by leading a life of obedience, are worth it?  Mmmmm, I did think that way myself initially, and it did take me a just a while to try it out! I should have done it much earlier, because the contentment etc gained through this walk of life can be profound. I can assure you of that! The result, maybe oddly for you, is a life of real personal freedom.

And as we move along in this way, our relationship with him ever strengthens: our faith becomes more effective; our love towards him grows even further. And again he assists us in life ever more lovingly as a result. He becomes so very, very real; concrete there within our lives.

Again I write this with the utmost confidence that this is absolutely what to expect, if you can get to this level of faith, and then apply it to your life. And at this stage in the writing of this section in the website I make no apologies about the acceptability of what I am expressing. Yes, it is that real and rewarding!

2.    REWARD FOR OUR SELFLESSNESS

Selflessness (i.e. the opposite of selfishness) is another ideal that God expects of us. Well, he at least wants us to aspire to it; to try be selfless. It is harder for some of us, I know! Incidentally, Jesus was our example of the perfect selfless human being.

I am emphasising here that our Christian faith journey is not just about you or me. If you sense on any day, or in any location, that God wants you to assist or support someone else maybe who you dont even necessarily feel close to go with it; do what you feel you should to help them.

The benefits to us of helping others, for the Lord, when we know they need it, should not be underestimated. Knowing you are serving God in this way adds a real sense of purpose and satisfaction to your being here ... a quality of life that is quite unexpected. It does not come naturally to all of us to help others, but just go with it when you think you are called to it!

The Bible also makes it clear that our own generosity, or lack of selfishness, towards our fellow human beings directly relates to what God will give us. From the Christian New Testament:

Give and it will be given to you.
A good measure, pressed down,
shaken together and running over,
will be poured into your lap.
For the measure you use,
it will be measured to you.
[Luke 6:38]

So, for example, the more we help others in need  or donate to charities and the Church, the more generous God will be to us in return. And that is true, as I have experienced. Some of God’s greatest generosity in my life occurred shortly after I had given time or money that I could not really afford at the time. Of course I am not saying that we should enter into giving to others with the prime intention of receiving more in return. It is just that it often turns out to be the case.

3.    OPENING OUR LIVES TO HIM IN COMPLETE TRUST

I have evaluated and re-evaluated the impact of taking this approach of trust over the years. It works! As I have highlighted already, the best results for you and all others concerned should actually be the outcome if you do deliberately and confidently trust him in this way. (Remember too, to try to live the sort of life that he desires of us all.) Again, I advise you to chat away to him freely and often as you progress. And yet again, I say, he will hear you! From my knowledge and experience, he will react with downright loving care within your day-to-day life.

However, please remember what I have regularly advised throughout this website, he makes no promises that you will never suffer emotionally or physically in life. Everyone suffers at some point. God does not make bad things happen to us of course, but rather allows the dice to roll. Whatever happens, happens. Even so, he will be there to guide and support you during those hard times.

He knows us and our abilities, our personalities, our vulnerabilities etc. And he loves us individually. So, of course we should involve him in the big issues of life. Even more so, I say! I am meaning the direction of our eduction, jobs/ careers, long term personal relationships, parenting, major and necessary assets, church ministries etc. Regularly talk to him in prayer about your life journey and its big issues. Really look to his methods of guidance in your life. And again, when you follow that guidance, then look forward to his help; divine providence in your life as it rolls along. Essentially, feel confident to trust this holy process in action within your life!

Without doubt, he is interested in our jobs for example, just as he is interested in all other facets of our lives. Out of his love for us, he actually wants to be involved. Please see the article,God in the workplace”.

Eventually, all aspects of our life journey can profoundly fall into place. We can become confident whether we are on the ‘right track’ in life or not! In other words, our lives are given real purpose. We will as examples become ‘enabled’ through our natural gifts and skills to help others effectively beyond our normal capacity, and become productive/ useful members of the community. We should also be led towards a well rounded life: no obsessions; a contented balance of God, family, church life, study, work, friends, helping others and just plain enjoying life to the best of our ability.

But bear in mind too that the pace that this all happens is between each of us and God. We each take the steps we feel are required of us. Deep faith and its Biblically led commitments; its positive outcomes take us beyond merely believing in God. Past that stage.

Inevitably, as well as being The Boss, God particularly in the person of Jesus, can come to be our constant companion, confidante, helper, counsellor and, yes, the closest of friends.

I also add that occasional graphic evidence of God’s presence, after decades in my own walk with him, still comes as a surprise to me. The ‘magic’ of it all never need end in this life, I can assure you!

Continue to the next article, God in the workplace.