Life is full of stages and seasons; each season is full of learning experiences and growth to bring you into the next phase of life. Once you’re out of the youth stage and into the “adulting” stage of life, there’s so many questions that start roaming through your mind: Who am I? What am I supposed to do with my life? What college do I need to attend? Who am I supposed to marry? The questions seem to be endless.
“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.”Proverbs 3:5-6 KJV
I realize this is the most cliché verse, but this verse is still powerful! Learning to trust God is not always easy, especially when you don’t see the next step or you’re not exactly sure what step you should make. Trusting Him beyond your capabilities or your understanding is when true trust comes. Just as this verse states, if we learn to trust in Him and not lean on ourselves, our thoughts, and our abilities, He WILL direct our paths; He can’t guide us if we aren’t willing to trust Him.
Trusting is a choice. I can choose to either follow my own will, ideals, and understanding or I can make a choice to follow after the guidance He gives, which involves trusting beyond what I see. When decisions are to be made, especially life altering decisions like college and marriage, seek His guidance and path above all else.
How do I choose to trust? I don’t have a long drawn out theological answer for you. My answer is pretty simple and it will take time to develop that trust. Step one is personal prayer time. You can’t truly trust someone you don’t know, so don’t expect to trust God if you don’t spend time with Him. Secondly, you need to spend time in His Word. Knowing God is knowing His Word. In the tough times, His Word is your shield and defense. Cultivate a relationship with Him; you want to trust Him, you must know Him.
“Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.”Isaiah 26:3 KJV
So, I encourage you, in whatever choices you have to make today, whether it’s a big choice like college or just small, every day choices, allow God to guide you. Seek His will in your every day life and your future, that honestly can seem so scary, will unfold as He sees fit!