Your ‘Word‘ for 2019 – One Month Later
Did you jump on the bandwagon and ask God to give you a word for 2019? If you did, how are you doing with it?
Or (like me) did you hear about it and shrug it off? Or maybe you thought it was silly?
At the beginning of the year I saw a lot of people with “their word” from God. I thought pssh, they’re all words of God and they’re all important. I study and even teach the Bible – the Bible which is the entire word and council of our Lord and Savior. Not one of those words are more or less important than another. (Ha! Take that word of year-ers!)
Then, something happened and God put me in a situation that I wasn’t in control of, that was a result of someone else’s actions. I was wronged, well I felt that I was wronged. And, I knew what I needed to do, how to attack this problem… in my own strength and power, of course.
Did I pray about it? Not really. (Remember, I already knew what to do. Btw, I’m a “fixer” and a solution-oriented kind of person.)
Did I read my Bible and seek out His word? See the answer above.
I was formulating “my plan” and justifying my behavior and responses and thoughts. I was right! I knew it.
I was folding laundry of all things, when God smacked me upside the head with one word. My very own “word”, He gave me my very own little five letter word – TRUST!
I trust God. I trusted God. But was I trusting Him how He wanted me to trust Him? Did I care? Was I so caught up in my “rights” or in my “perceived rights” that I missed what He really wanted from me?
God was happy to clue me in here. Gently, but loudly, He made it clear that I wasn’t trusting Him. Not like He wanted. Not like He wants.
God says, Trust ME! In my mind, I was trusting Him. In my hurt, anger, etc. I was trusting Him. But was I trusting Him the way He wanted me to trust Him? Clearly not.
When pride or the devil whispers in my ear that I have a right to be mad, a right to hold a grudge, and a right to do what is right in my own eyes and/or what is right in the eyes of those around me, I remember one word – TRUST.
Every time I think of that word, TRUST, it takes me back to God telling me to trust Him. My trust is to be only in Him and in no one else or anything else.
Proverbs 3:5-6, that familiar passage, reminds us to,
5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
6 In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths.
It says all, not some, not once in a while but all – Trust with all.
God says trust Me with your faith, your belief, your family – no matter how crazy. We must trust Him with our children and our patience. God says trust Me with your relationships, trust Me where I’ve placed you, and even trust Me in your failures. We have to trust Him with our futures. We have to trust Him with all our life. We trust Him because we know everything is in His timing and He holds everything in His hand.
God says in Deuteronomy 31 to be still and know that He has gone before us and that He will bring everything to pass.
Psalm 37:3 – 5 also reminds us,
3 Trust in the Lord, and do good;
Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness.
4 Delight yourself also in the Lord,
And He shall give you the desires of your heart.
5 Commit your way to the Lord,
Trust also in Him,
And He shall bring it to pass.
1 Chronicles 28:9 – David is speaking,
“As for you, my son Solomon, know the God of your father, and serve Him with a loyal heart and with a willing mind; for the Lord searches all hearts and understands all the intent of the thoughts. If you seek Him, He will be found by you; but if you forsake Him, He will cast you off forever.”
Seek the Lord, wait on the Lord and trust in the Lord.
When we trust in the Lord, He takes away our anxiety, our impatience, our fear and replaces it with the fruit of the Spirit – love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
When we trust in the Lord, He fights our battles and we rest in what He’s given us to do.
Whatever you’re struggling with, trust God with it.
So, do you have a word for 2019? If you don’t, that’s okay, it’s never too late to hear from God.
You can share my word too, for as long as you need. I know He still has a lot of work to do with me, how about you?
Join me in trusting God.
Thank you, Lord. Thank you for caring and that you will always be there for us. We know you are trustworthy and good. And we will wait on you.