Hello ladies and gents!!!
A few weeks ago, I discussed 2 of the 4 characteristics needed for your Ever Trusting journey. Check it out here if you missed it.
Remember for this to work, we must continuously grow our relationship with God.
So, we know that faith is one of the glues that will hold our journey together as it is the belief that everything will work out for our good (Romans 8:28). In addition to faith, wisdom is needed so that we know the direction needed to reach our destination.
Let’s talk about the last 2 characteristics needed for our Ever Trusting journey.
The last 2 characteristics are courage and strength. I am using the same scripture as the foundation for both.
Joshua 1:9 says “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not be terrified or dismayed (intimidated), for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go (Amplified version).”
Courage is action. It’s the ability to step out. I love how Joyce Myers always says “Do it afraid.” Even though the Bible instructs us not to fear because God is with us (Joshua 1:9), it is a human response to operating in the unfamiliar. So, for me courage is moving in spite of fear or reservation.
Courage is the 3rd Ever Trusting characteristic because it is easier to be courageous when operating in faith and wisdom.
Here’s the thing: God doesn’t always reveal the whole picture to us at once. He sometimes gives us steps and pieces of instruction at a time. When we get the courage to take one step, he often reveals the next step. It takes courage to move when we don’t have all the steps in front of us. Herein lies the fear that Joyce Myers speaks of.
In Genesis 12:1, God tells Abram (before he becomes Abraham) “Leave your native country, your relatives, and your father’s family, and go to the land that I will show you (New Living Translation).”
I must repeat this “the land I will show you.” Not the land I have already shown you. In other words, leave your homeland and as you travel I will tell you where I want you to go.
This is travel without GPS, MapQuest, and Google Maps. This means just get in the car and go.
I don’t know about you, but I’m not great with traveling to new places, so I need my GPS. And…when I turn it on and type in my destination I click the tab that reveals the full directions first. Then, I go back to step one. Prior to GPS, I would print my directions from MapQuest. My stomach automatically turns into knots when I travel somewhere new.
Back to Abram…
So, Abram was told to leave the comfort and safety of the known for the unknown. That’s some scary stuff, but Abram was obedient. He had to completely trust God. Because of his obedience, he left a legacy as “the father of many nations” and is known as Abraham.
Reading the story of Abraham makes me wonder…
It’s time for us to stop waiting on God to reveal the whole picture at once and use our faith, wisdom, and courage to take the first step.
Strength is the ability to withstand pressure. Many times, life seems like one big test of strength; like your permanent residence is the inside of a giant pressure cooker. It’s ok to admit that life can be tough.
So, we all have situations that we are trusting God to handle right? We’re trying to be Ever Trusting. So, in the beginning, we have the faith to move mountains. We know He’s in control and has our back.
We go to Him about our situation and believe He’s given us the wisdom to know what to do.
Then, we muster up the courage to step out…
onto a path…
and the path becomes rocky…
and is filled with twists and turns…
and leads downward into a valley…
and we begin to wonder…
DID I MAKE A MISTAKE?
Life is not perfect my friend. Sometimes things will seem to fall perfectly into place, but many times it won’t. When adversity and pressure appear during our Ever Trusting journey, we must flex our faith muscles a little more, dig our heels into the sand a little deeper, and stand strong. Strength is needed for times such as this. We must learn to endure until we see our victory.
Abraham’s path wasn’t one of ease just because God made a covenant with him. Abraham made mistakes trying to live out God’s purpose. But, he believed God. He stayed strong. He had endurance. He trusted in his God and the promise was fulfilled as a result.
Keep going. Keep believing. Keep trusting until you experience the fruits of your labor. Be Ever Trusting.
Let me leave you with this as you take your Ever Trusting journey.
Faith to believe in what you may not be able to see right now.
Wisdom to recognize the path you should take.
Courage to pursue the impossible.
Strength to endure until the end.
Peace and Blessings,