Do you trust God? I mean really trust Him and believe His word? If you are anything like me, then the answer is no. Don’t get me wrong, I trust God, but sometimes I don’t trust Him fully when it comes to situation in my life. It’s easy to say you trust God’s word, but the hard part is actually doing it.
Here’s an example from my life. Several years ago I was going through a divorce from my ex-husband. At that time, I was so financially strapped. I mean, I couldn’t rub two nickles together. I could only afford to buy packs of hot dogs for weeks at a time. I had just moved into my place and I was trying to work through things while being on my own. We had joint debt, that suddenly became my responsibility. Listen, I won’t bore you with those details. Let’s just say, I was definitely drowning in debt. I didn’t want to be a burden to my family by asking them for help. I’m not a prideful person, but I knew that I had to stand on my own two feet. So, I dealt with it. And let me tell you, it became so depressing. I was working everyday and by the time I got my paycheck, it was already gone.
All the while, I thought I was trusting God. I would go to church week after week and barely give, because I just couldn’t bear taking away from the little I had. I was so afraid that I wouldn’t survive if I parted with even a few dollars. Well, finally one day, the word of God became very clear to me. It was like suddenly this scripture jumped off of the pages and I could almost reach out and touch the words with my hand. The scripture was Luke 6:38 “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” (NIV) God then spoke to my heart and said, ” how can you say you trust me when you won’t open your heart?” Wow! His voice pierced my heart. I began to cry. Fear had me bound. It was the fear of not being able to survive if I took away from the few dollars I had left.
I felt so convicted. I knew God was right. I wasn’t trusting Him completely because I wasn’t opening my heart to His word. My life had become a reflection of my fears. So the next Sunday, I took a faith step and I opened my heart and trusted God’s word. I gave from the little that I had. Let me tell you, I felt an enormous weight lift from me at that moment. At that moment, I felt free and it made me happy.
It didn’t happen overnight, but soon I saw the light at the end of the tunnel. Things began to turn around for me and soon I was giving more and more. Within a short amount of time, I was out of debt. All the things that had weighed me down, no longer did. How awesome is God!
You see, I know that God took my small steps of faith and turned them into giant strides.
Some of you may read this and think “nothing miraculous happened.” Well, you would be right. It wasn’t a miracle. It didn’t need to be a miracle. All God needed was to see that I was willing to open my heart and take the step. He did the rest.
Trusting God completely takes great faith but it starts with one small step.
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