Do we trust God?
We hear a lot about how we should trust God with our plans, our money, our time, just about anything really. But do we really do so?
I’ve been away from home a lot in the past few months due to my recent involvement in a youth orchestra, which has entailed a lot of concerts, rehearsals, commuting, etc. I like planning for trips, and once I’m done planning, I then only run them through my dad for final checking. He usually approves everything, so I never though there was an issue. One time last month however, while laying out one of my plans to go overseas for a short trip, he suddenly gave me a suggestion to change my plans slightly, so I could have more time, which I realized was much more sensible. When I asked him why he didn’t tell me sooner, he said that he would if I had asked.
Thus ensued my confusion, and realization. I thought I was asking him for suggestions and approval, but it was perceived as I was just merely telling him about my plans for the trip, which details for were already finalized.
This incident led me to think about this: Do we ask God to guide our paths, or do we plan our own paths and only after ask God to bless our paths? When we pray about things, do we actually wait on God to give us an answer, or do we carry on like the prayer was never uttered in the first place?
As humans, we are all deeply flawed in one way or another (Romans 3:23), and will never stop making mistakes as long as we’re on this earth; hence our “sound” judgments won’t always be sound.
But we have God! The One who is ultimately perfect in every single way, who always knows what’s best for us, who has our best interests in mind, and who loves us very, very, much. Isn’t it a comfort to know that we can always rely on Him for wisdom and knowledge, and not on our puny selves?
And yet, some of us unknowingly still stick it out on our own. Having control on our own lives is normal for all of us, yet it can be a barrier to what God has in store for us, which can be even better than we imagine. So how?
That’s where faith comes in. Faith, to trust in something that we can’t see; to trust that that something is better than whatever we can do on our own; to leave our burdens at the cross and let God guide our paths; to trust the still small voice amidst the loud clamoring of the world.
As much as the term “let go and let God” is really cliché, it is really true. Only when we let go of the wheel then can He take over, and take us where He wants us to go. And it may not always be amazing or good or great at first, but He never fails, and He’ll never steer you wrong.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.” (Proverbs 3:5-6, ESV)
Celeste Tan (19) is a staff writer at TPS Chapel and Changing Lives Ministry.