TRUSTING YOU, IS A ROLLER COASTER RIDE: EMBRACING GOD’S GUIDANCE IN THE JOURNEY OF FAITH

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Embarking on trusting God is akin to a roller coaster ride. The twists and turns, highs and lows, make it thrilling and challenging. In this blog post, we explore surrendering our worries and questions to God, recognizing His ultimate control, and understanding the importance of aligning ourselves with His divine plan.

Trusting God’s Sovereignty

*Sovereignty

Definition: dominion or absolute rule.

“ The Preeminence of Christ

He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.
For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.”

– Colossians 1:16–17

This scripture perfectly elaborates on the sovereignty of the Lord, opening our eyes and minds to realize how much control God has over the entire world, physically and spiritually. God is in COMPLETE rulership and authority over everything.

Unveiling God’s Dominion: The Sovereignty of the Creator-King.

In Genesis chapters 1 and 2, God brought things to life by speaking out what He had in mind. That speaks to how powerful He is. Moreover, thinking of all that He created—how unique the beauty is and how it functions—is mind-blowing.

All of that became possible through mere words? It’s a revelation that when it comes to God, there is nothing about Him that cannot exceed man’s imagination.

His divine understanding, knowledge, and wisdom reveal that God is the only one in complete control. There’s no one or nothing greater than Him. When He speaks, it is final, holding the power of life and death.

As we navigate life on Earth, exposed to different beliefs, facing hardships, and witnessing terrible events, questions may arise about Yahweh, God Almighty’s sovereignty. Why does evil seem to be reigning, and why do we endure so many challenges if God is for us and rules over all?

Despite Jesus sacrificing Himself on the cross for the world, Satan persists, weaving his evil schemes. However, for those saved in Christ, we wield power over him.

Reflecting on the Lord as the Creator, the King of kings, reveals a profound truth. If God reigns above ALL, it implies a divine agenda behind all things.

Our Role in God’s Plan

God, in His greatness, crafted us intending to include us in His wonderful agenda. As believers, we often limit God’s grand plan to spreading the gospel worldwide, but that is just a part of the whole scheme. To understand this fully, let’s rewind to the very beginning when God decided to create man.

“Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, according to our likeness. They will rule the fish of the sea, the birds of the sky, the livestock, the whole earth, and the creatures that crawl on the earth.”
So God created man
in his own image;
he created him in the image of God;
he created them male and female.
God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful, multiply, fill the earth, and subdue it. Rule the fish of the sea, the birds of the sky, and every creature that crawls on the earth.”

– Genesis 1:26-28

This passage reveals a profound insight into God’s plan for us. God’s intention was for us to rule on earth as His representatives.

“In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will . . . “- Ephesians 1:11

Even though Satan attempted to disconnect us from this truth, God had already planned a way to ensure our access to His glory through salvation in Jesus Christ.

Upon salvation, we embark on a journey of rediscovering our true identity. God, in sending Christ to die on the cross for our sins, aimed to restore what Satan tried to destroy.

Trusting God Amid Life’s Challenges

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Therefore, as we journey through cleansing, restoration, renewal, and transformation, we must understand that it comes with great challenges. This process doesn’t happen overnight, as God works within us to reflect His desired image.

During this journey, the intensity may lead us to question God’s identity, as seen in the life journeys of many biblical characters. Trusting in God becomes essential, replacing worry with questions and finding peace in His answers, for He knows what is best.

God is the only one in complete control. When He speaks, it is final. However, we must play our part to see the fulfillment of the greatness He has destined for us.

In a past life of independence or dependence on others, trusting God completely becomes an obstacle. Instead of turning to Plan B or C when things don’t go our way, there should only be one option—God!

Even when trusting in ourselves or others, we often face failures or settle for less without realizing God’s greater plan. Some may find it challenging to fully trust God, perhaps due to the perceived ‘safety’ of being in control.

Trusting God may seem risky requiring us to sit in the backseat and relinquish control. The truth is, God never makes mistakes! Making the right decisions that lead to the finishing point of our race requires allowing the Holy Spirit to take the lead. Only the Spirit of God knows the mind of God and understands how to overcome challenges and navigate through life.

So, take comfort in knowing that the Holy Spirit is fully equipped for the job, as Jesus Himself said that the Holy Spirit would be sent to be our help.

Trusting Ourselves vs. Trusting God

So, whom are we truly trusting—ourselves, humanity, or God?

I confess that when we view life on this earth through our physical eyes, rather than God’s eyes life seems daunting. The pace, the constant attempt to keep up, the endeavor to make something of our lives—unfortunately, for some, all that occupies their minds is, “I need to make it to tomorrow.” The toughness of situations and the accompanying worries make it seem a top priority.

Aspiring to become the greatest person God called them to be can sadly be the last thing on their minds. Making ends meet overshadows everything, and if not careful the cycle repeats itself daily, becoming suffocating.

However, when we allow God to remove the scales from our eyes, it is as if we’ve been introduced into a different world—His realm. Do not be mistaken; it’s not as if everything changes instantly for us. Nevertheless, we begin the journey of change.

Have you ever heard the saying, ‘You attract what you are’? Now, let me apply it this way: when your mindset changes, you begin to see and understand that in this world, you are meant to rule as God sees fit for you.

Therefore, you start viewing yourself as not just anyone but royalty (for we are children of the King of kings). Your life on earth is not meant to pass by anyhow.

With such a mindset, God reveals what He has in store for you.

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Trusting Amid Worry: God’s Provision

“Consider the ravens: They don’t sow or reap; they don’t have a storeroom or a barn; yet God feeds them. Aren’t you worth much more than the birds? Can any of you add one moment to his life span by worrying? If then you’re not able to do even a little thing, why worry about the rest?

Consider how the wildflowers grow: they don’t labor or spin thread. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was adorned like one of these. If that’s how God clothes the grass, which is in the field today and is thrown into the furnace tomorrow, how much more will he do for you—you of little faith? Don’t strive for what you should eat and what you should drink, and don’t be anxious. For the Gentile world eagerly seeks all these things, and your Father knows that you need them.

But seek his kingdom, and these things will be provided for you. Don’t be afraid, little flock, because your Father delights to give you the kingdom.”- Luke 12:24-32

In this scripture, Jesus reveals the possibility of worrying. Seasons may have us questioning where provision will come from, but we shouldn’t forget that when we first seek God and His kingdom, EVERYTHING else will follow. He will never forsake us.

Trusting in God means believing that even if we don’t know how the provision we seek will come, God Himself sees and knows our situation and will arrange for us to receive it.

Remember, God sees and knows everything. So when we try to make ends meet in our understanding, hoping people favor us, God knows the perfect connections for us.

This minimizes the likelihood of our spirits breaking because of false hope, as we search for blessings in the wrong places.

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Trusting God’s Principles and Patience

You might say, “Well, I trusted but didn’t see anything happen.” God can’t fail, so it comes back to us. Did we truly listen to God, adhere to His process patiently, and attain alignment in both spiritual and physical realms?

Often we desire quick results or feel we’ve been in the waiting period for so long that months and years have passed. So, we grow weary, start losing hope, and take things into our own hands.

We forget that God is a God of principles. If we want things to happen quickly, but it is not part of God’s agenda it will result in disappointment. The word of God states that we reap what we sow. This implies that there is a process to everything. Hence, we cannot expect to reach the finish line without putting in the work required to get there.

Embracing Patience in the Journey

Have you been feeling like the waiting time has been taking too long?

The story of Joseph is one to look at. An innocent young man (about seventeen) is sold by his brothers because of their jealousy toward him. He works in a foreign land as a slave, and after some time, his master’s wife falsely accuses him of attempted rape. He spends years in prison, and only at thirty years old does God exalt him by making him prime minister of the same place of his suffering, a foreign land.

I share this to encourage you not to feel as if God has forgotten and abandoned you. If you are walking righteously, ensuring to follow His principles, but God is still making you wait know that it’s all about God making sure everything is prepared for you, and that it all works out for your good. It may not seem or feel like it in the moment, but that’s when you remind yourself of God’s promises to you and His character.

Furthermore, we must remind ourselves that letting go of God’s hand will not get us where God wants us to be. So why settle for less and miss all that God has for us? Yes, it won’t be easy. However, God will help us make it to the end. We don’t want to make permanent decisions in temporary seasons.

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Learning from Joseph’s Trusting Life

Moreover, God intends to work on our mindset and character, as these can be the very things that dethrone us from the seat God has for us, even when we make it. Reaching the top is wonderful, but maintaining oneself up there is WORK! God is aware of this and desires to ensure we are thoroughly prepared for what He has in store.

Often in the waiting season, the miracles, signs, and wonders God performs are overlooked. Referring back to the life of Joseph (Genesis 39:2-6 & Genesis 39:21-23), let’s list God’s miracles in Joseph’s waiting season.

  • Joseph, with the Lord’s favor, achieves success in the household of his Egyptian master Potiphar.
  • Recognizing the divine presence with Joseph, Potiphar entrusts him with significant responsibilities, placing him in charge of the household and all possessions.
  • Consequently, the Lord blesses Potiphar’s house and fields. Trusting Joseph completely, Potiphar focuses solely on what he would eat, leaving everything else under Joseph’s authority.
  • In prison, the Lord remains with Joseph, displaying kindness and favor, even gaining favor with the prison warden despite confinement.
  • Joseph assumes responsibility for all the prisoners, and the warden entrusts him with complete authority.
  • The Lord’s presence guarantees Joseph’s success in all responsibilities, instilling full confidence in the warden.

I encourage us to reflect on our lives and recognize the moments when God has remained faithful to us. Sometimes, if not often, we are quick to blame God and forget to look within ourselves. We assume entitlement, ignoring that God, a God of principles, expects us to accept and follow specific requirements.

Letting Go of Toxic Emotions through Trusting

Taking moments for reflection is crucial in a believer’s life. When trusting in God becomes challenging and worry consumes us, we place our hearts in the wrong posture.

This complicates the process, as it indicates that we are blinded from seeing things and listening from God’s perspective; therefore, we cannot move in union with Him. This also means that our relationship with God is in danger, as the atmosphere we are creating is not pure. God is a pure God and feels at ease where it is so. He needs the atmosphere to be able to accommodate and welcome Him.

Hence, we should always pay attention to our hearts. Are we protecting it or not? Are we maturing spiritually even in the tough seasons?

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Letting Go and Letting God

To trust God completely, we must fully let go and let God. By doing so, we decide to be truly attentive to God, allowing the Holy Spirit to take full leadership and ensuring our obedience in doing all God expects of us.

By surrendering to God in this way, we silence the voices of doubts and fears about not making it in life. Our full confidence is in Yahweh, who never fails and is always faithful.

So, are you willing and ready to let go and let God?

Trusting God is a rollercoaster ride but with divine purpose and promise. As we navigate the twists and turns, let us learn to let go of our plans, embrace God’s guidance, and find peace in His unwavering faithfulness.

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