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Today’s Truth

Commit your way to the Lord; trust in Him, and He will act.

Psalm 37:5 ESV

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A few seconds seemed like an eternity as I tapped my fingers on the bathroom counter. Would the line be a plus or minus? Waiting on a few seconds for the pregnancy test results seemed like an eternity. But there it was. Yes, my instinct was right, and I was pregnant for the third time in four years. I knew that I should be happy and oh, I was! I love babies. Babies are wonderful! But there was also a part of me that felt overwhelmed instead of overjoyed. Guilty instead of glad.

I felt like a big, fat mom-fail, but I was too ashamed to share my deep feelings with anyone. You see, this sweet baby would be our fifth. I was already a stepmom, a special needs mom, and mom to two little ones. I just didn’t think I could be who this baby needed me to be. I didn’t see how I could physically or mentally do any more than I was already doing. I wondered why God was blessing our family so sweetly with another baby when it didn’t seem I could handle all God had already given me.

Thankfully our God knows so much more about us than we know about ourselves. When I read today’s key verse in solo form, it can feel like an ambiguous command. “Commit your way…” Like it’s all my job to trust God and I just need to gather up some more trust to give to him. But God loves me so much, He loves you so much, that He doesn’t just expect us to rummage up a pile of trust on our own and place everything in His hands.

You see, the verse before today’s key verse is critical to understanding what the psalmist longs to convey in this passage. Psalm 37:4 “Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart.”

The “delighting” comes before the “committing.” We can give God everything we have over and over again; we can pray each day that He directs our path. But if our hearts are not enjoying a relationship with Him, if we don’t crave His presence and long for the fullness of His Spirit, then the desires of our hearts won’t be from Him. The enemy has a way of filling our hearts and minds with his negativity. He is the one who provokes thoughts of “I’m not good enough, “I can never do this,” and “How will this ever work?”

When we live in moment-by-moment interaction with Jesus, He empowers us with strong thoughts of confidence. He implants an eagerness for what would please Him. His Spirit infuses an assurance that our God is worthy of our trust. It’s in the time deposits of sitting still and knowing that He is God that we gain that ability to trust Him in all things. Whether it includes a child, a spouse, a new relationship, a different job, or difficult circumstances, God has promised He will act. We have the privilege of giving back to him what He has given to us, trusting that the Provider is ever the Preserver.

It’s been fourteen years ago since God gifted Samuel into my womb. The name “Samuel” means “God has heard.” I didn’t even know what his name meant when I named him. But I love that so much. Because God heard me and knew what I needed before I even knew what I needed.

Maybe in this moment you feel like His provision is too much and you are not enough. Maybe trusting God with all you have seems more like a task of captivity than a ticket to freedom. I hope that today you feel encouraged to take a step back from “committing” and pause for some “delighting.” For that is when we truly experience a deeper longing and filling of trust.

Let’s Pray

Dear Father, I’m struggling to trust You, and it seems the situation I’ve been given is more than I can handle. Help me recognize that You are both the Provider and the Preserver. Give me the desire to draw closer to You so that trusting You is my natural bent. Re-wire my heart to both delight in You and commit to You.

In Jesus’ Name,

Amen.

Now It’s Your Turn

Do you find it difficult to trust God with unrequested circumstances? What might happen if you paused to delight in the Lord alone?

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9 Responses to “Trusting God in All Things”

  1. Angela says:

    Thank you Father for letting me hear your voice through this message today as well as the words you spoke to me yesterday. I know that you are the provider and preserver. You knew exactly what news we were receiving yesterday and I believe you have already paved the way. I will be still and know that you are God and I will delight in it.

  2. Tamika says:

    Praise GOD..Father in Heaven, you know right now I feel like I’m in the bottom of a bottomless pit..dealing with a 20 yr old son who has been suffering from a chronic illness for 20 yrs…a new family..being a step-mom…and now the news with my job situation..I have no choice but to trust that you will equip and help me through the dark days..Father there is still so much to be greatful and thankful for..the fact that I have health..strength and have my family is well is still a blessing..we have shelter..we have food..we have clean drinking water..we are still blessed..it hurts sometimes..emotionally I’m drained but I still thank and trust you..trust you knowing that “All Things Work Together For Good For Those Who Love God And Are Called According To His Purpose”.

  3. Stacy says:

    I so needed this this morning! Your little devotionals help me so much! The verse this morning spoke to my heart. I love the Lord but there are times where trusting him, especially when it comes to problems with the ones closest to us, is hard! I want to; it seems simple, but to just let go of the situation is possible with our mighty God just hard some days! But where you put live in moment to moment interaction with Jesus. He empowered us with thoughts of strong confidence. Is so true and just to be reminded….. thanks

  4. Arianna🌻💙👩🏻👸🏻 says:

    Dear Lord I know I have to be delighted on your plan. I know you took away the most precious person ,My sweet Freida.Help me, guide me to know how to handle your plan.

  5. Ava says:

    Devotions like these are sometimes hard to read when you want a child so badly and it just doesn’t happen. You think that you have checked all the right boxes–Christian parents, loving home, stable family, but sometimes feel that God isn’t sending you the child because you won’t have the time needed to add another responsibility in the mix of everything else. I have followed you on your website and have prayed for you through the loss of your daughter recently. Don’t put a time clock on grief. Allow your self to grieve in the time that God decides, not the world. Blessings to you.

  6. Ruth says:

    Thank you so much for your Daily Inspiration. You are truly a blessing to my Soul!!! I wish I could purchase all of your wonderful correspondence. However, I would like to send a little donation for sharing your devotionals with me. Please let me know where to send the donation. I never post my banking info on line.

  7. Bernadette says:

    Good morning

    I don’t mean to be rude but I have a question in reference to the following sentence:
    “I wondered why God was blessing our family so sweetly with another baby when it didn’t seem I could handle all God had already given me.”

    I understand children are a blessing from God, but how could someone say God has blessed them with an unplanned pregnancy when nothing was done to prevent the pregnancy. If contraceptives were not used then most likely a pregnancy would occur.

    I live in a country where some people of low socio-economic status have children after children. They cannot afford to take care of the children. When faced with the question, “why make children that you cannot provide for”, the response is, “that is what God gave us”.

    Like I said earlier, my intention was not to be rude.

    Bernadette

  8. abby says:

    agree ava know the feeling

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