Some people would think it strange that among the things I am most thankful for in this life, near the top of the list is a whole list of events and situations that appear outwardly to be negative, unfair, reprehensible or outrageous. Long ago I learned to never dictate to God how to do His job but rather trust Him that His path for me leads me to where He wants me.
Most of us have read and recited Proverbs 3:5 and 6 countless times in our lives. Please look again at these two incredible verses:
Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding .
In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths .
The promise of God is that He will direct our paths if we allow Him to do so. The understanding here is that if we do not allow God to direct our paths, we will end up taking the paths we think are right or the paths of least resistance.
Trusting in the Lord with ALL our heart is one of the most challenging aspects of life for it necessitates not leaning on our own understanding (intellect, experience or abilities), but rather leaning on God and His promises. Trusting the Lord is rarely easy and almost always difficult for it involves a deliberate rejection of what the five senses say is true and instead accepting the Word of God.
All the great records in the Bible we learn in Sunday School involved great faith on the part of the person. Whether Noah building an ark, Abraham having a son, Moses parting the sea, Joshua capturing the Promised Land, David slaying the giant or Peter walking on the water; all of these men had to trust in the Lord with all their heart and lean not to their own understanding or they would have failed.
The Apostle Paul urges us to walk by faith and not by sight. Walking by faith is equal to trusting in the Lord with all one’s heart, leaning not to one’s own understanding, deliberately acknowledging God in all one’s ways and allowing God to direct one’s path. If we choose to go down the path of God, we cannot become upset if it does not lead where we wanted it to go. If we are going to allow God to direct the paths of our lives, we must trust Him that those paths are His will.
The path of God led Abel to an early death, led Moses to 40 years in the wilderness, led Noah to a boat full of stinking and noisy animals, led Jeremiah to a dung pit, led Peter and Paul to prison and of course it led Jesus to the cross. Trust in God means never complaining about where His path leads, but rather believing that in due time the reasons will become manifest as to why He led you there and why.
That's great to hear and so true. It is through these trying times that the most amazing breakthroughs happen. I too am going through some hurdles at the moment which have lit a fire in my belly that can't be extinguished (although the devil is trying all he can) but my love and faith for God is not so much as tested but strengthened and has grown into something amazing which I don't think would have happened if I hadn't fallen I'll. I believe its all God's great plan and that this time of growth was not just for me but my husband too!
I have also been so blessed to meet some amazing people through this time and I can't help feel that its all a ripple effect that is not only changing my life but theirs as well. God is so much bigger than we all think and he amazes me every day. I can't even help but feel blessed that this is happening to me.
God bless you in these trying times and take heart that you are never alone and that God loves you and will never leave you. Sometimes the flesh takes over and we can get a bit distracted but I just keep hearing God tell me to look straight ahead like in proverbs 4:25-27
'Let your eyes look straight ahead, and your eyelids look right before you. Ponder the path of your feet,and let all your ways be established. Do not turn to the right or left; remove your foot from evil.
All the best.
thank you blessings2you, for walking the path that God has and continues to show you. Your life shows others as we are living epistles. I loved your blog about the battle of weight. Said so much more than our temptations for all those delicious desserts. standing together in all battles, jd
My "path" over the past four years has not been easy. They can attempt to remove cancer from the body but there is no guarantee it will never return. One can attempt to manage diabetes but as you know, one can do all the "right things" and the disease will still refuse to be "managed".
I've been confronted with both of these things as well as other "junk".
Yesterday I learned of another person at our church who has been diagnosed with breast cancer. Note I said another for there are several whom I am aware of. She got referred to the leader of a small group I belong to called Daughters of Encouragement. It is a small group of women who have been touched by cancer (either their own or the cancer of someone else) and desire to help others going through a similar battle. As I read the email forwarded to me, I noted that this woman is fraught with questions as to why this happened to her. Did she do something wrong? Is she being punished?
I'm glad she got referred to our group by a pastor...
When I read your blog, I thought about a dark night in December 2007 when I was awaiting the results of my biopsy. I was driving home alone late at night and suddenly I began to sob uncontrollably. I wrote about it in a blog here the next day. I had suddenly become aware that God was going to lead me down a very dark path and I did NOT want to do it, B2Y. I did NOT want to go there! God told me I was going to go down it... the question was, would I go down it with Him... or attempt to do it without Him? Would I trust Him... no matter what?
I chose to do it with Him. No... the tumor did not go "poof!" but do you know what? There are lessons I would not have learned, experiences I would not have had or people I would not have met if I had not been on this "dark path". You and your wife are some of those people! Ironically, that which was meant to be a "curse" to me, God has transformed into a "blessing".
One of my favourites this blog is now.we all may be quite aware of walking in gods faith,but always ignore according to the situations.thank you brother for sharing this topic this much simple.
Great blog. I think that we often forget that God is the one that knows best for us, not us. We need to trust in him with all of our being. Thank you for reminding us. - revelationist