Emotional Health Part 4: Trust God with no fear
Trust. It’s easy to say we trust God. Its much harder to actually trust Him with our everything. Especially those things that we want to hold onto so tightly, like our kids, our spouse, our finances, our comfort.
It’s kind of a scary thing to completely trust God with your entire life. One way I have learned to determine whether I have completely given something over to God, is knowing in my heart, if He decided to take that thing or person away from me, that I would still be ok and He would still be my God.
Is there anything in your life, that if taken away, would ruin you? Is there anything keeping you up at night, that you worry about?
A few months ago at our church, my pastor told a story of this mom who had cancer, she was slowly dying despite everyone praying for her. In some of her last days, the pastor went to visit her and while he was there in her room, her son, still just a boy came up to her to give her a hug. This mom later passed away. Can you imagine knowing you weren’t going to be there for your child? That story shook me to my core. I couldn’t even fathom going through something like that and I knew at the time I would not be ok if anything tragic like that came to my family.
I spent some time seeking God in this and He asked me to fully give my kids to Him, not just their health, or future careers, or friends, but their lives. To trust Him fully with their lives, with my life, and with our future.
At first, this was absolutely terrifying to me. It would mean I’m giving up control, that I would entrust God with who they become. If He decided to take them from me, for whatever reason, I would have to be ok with that, knowing it was His plan. Could I trust Him?
Then God reminded me of some verses:
For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for good and not for evil, plans to give you a future and a hope.
If God is for us, who can be against us?
He also reminded me of the huge sacrifice he gave for my life and yours.
That sacrifice wasn’t just for nothing. Ultimately, God wants us all to be with Him in heaven someday. We are His children, the church is the bride of Christ, waiting for her groom.
We have to know to the core of our being that he loves us all and that nothing can separate us from that, not even death itself.
God never promised a perfect and happy life. He actually said the opposite…
In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world. John 16:33b
Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Romans 12:1
So, with tears in my eyes, I imagined bringing each of my precious children before the throne of God and gave them to Him. I told God I trust Him with everything, even their lives.
God’s response was something so incredible and has given me such peace about the whole situation. And the verse printed at the bottom of the page of my journal that day, just so happened to be Jeremiah 29:11 (see above)
I urge you to do the same with whatever you’re holding onto and put your trust fully to God.
Our calling here on this Earth is an honor to serve our Lord and King. The task may not always be easy, but knowing you are doing what God has called you to do leaves you with an incredible peace. It is exciting to be on this adventure with God, as He leads you into the unknown. Regardless of what happens, if you are walking in God’s will, you know He will be pleased with your actions.
I can now honestly say that no matter what comes my way, God will still be my God and I will be ok. I am not afraid of what our future holds, because I trust Him. I know He is a good God and that He is for me. And when our time here on Earth is done, we will spend eternity with Him.
We have to remember we are not home yet.
Someday, do you want to hear these words from the One you have served? “Well done my good and faithful servant” That, my friends, will make it all worth it!
Determine what you are holding onto. Is there anything in your life, if taken away, would make you not ok?
Tell God your fears and seek His response. Look up bible verses on the topic.