Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take. - Proverbs 3:5-6 (NLT)
This verse has been hitting home in my life lately! It all started this past October, I had been praying about the right time to propose to my girlfriend. I was nervous and afraid I wouldn’t be able to financially provide. But the Lord spoke to me three times, in three different ways, encouraging me to trust in Him and move forward. The first was on a lunch date with my buddy, he spoke to me and said “Dude, you’re more than capable to provide for her! The Lord has given you all that you need to be able to be good husband (2 Peter 1: 2-4).” God has given me everything I need to live a life that pleases Him. Namely, Jesus. That was a wake up call and I realized that I wasn’t really trusting in the Lord with all of my heart. Two days after that, I was talking with one of my student’s parents, and she said to me, “Alex, I am sorry if this is strange, but the Lord just told me to tell you that you are more than capable of being a good husband and leader of your household. Never let Satan tell you otherwise!” What a faithful God! After this second instance, I thought to myself, “If God has now told me this twice, I need to start trusting Him. My faith is being small right now.” The Lord continued to comfort my heart, so I began making the plans, trusting He would make a way. Finally, when I went to go and buy the ring, I only paid a third of what the ring was really worth! When I walked out of the store I heard God tell me, “See Alex, all you had to do was trust in me. I’ve got your back.” It was incredible. On December 14th, I asked my girlfriend Julie to marry me and by God’s grace she said yes!
God cares about the details our lives, our hopes, dreams and fears. Jesus speaks in the midst of our fear and literally becomes our peace. He will direct your paths and make everything perfect. Maybe not how we would have chosen, but when we trust that He is love, we can let go of our desire to control. We can let go of our disappointments and fears, because He (love) is not selfish, or cruel (1 Corinthians 13:4-7), He doesn’t deal with us according to our iniquity (Psalm 103:10). He is GOD and His intentions for His children are good. We can be sure of this because of Jesus. As we celebrate this Christmas seasons, remember the security you have in trusting God with your whole heart, remember Jesus and His love for you.