Choices, choices, choices…it seems like we are constantly surrounded by choices. First we have to determine what the different paths are and make a choice as to which we will follow, and then we deal with the consequences, good or bad, that come from that choice. Sometimes, our choices can seem a bit overwhelming! One choice my husband and I have made is to have faith in God. Faith is something that grows over time. We start with the first small step of giving God control over our lives. As we continue on our faith journey, we are given many more choices.
Last fall, my husband and I began down a path that would grow our faith in God. Our lives were going great and we were killing our Dave Ramsey budget. God was working in our lives, our kids were happy, business was good, and we really loved the forward progress we were making in our lives. With all this good in life, I was not expecting the change coming quickly in our lives. I remember vividly the first moment that God prepared us for our new faith journey. I had just sat down when God said, “Cattle on a thousand hills, Jill. Cattle on a thousand hills.” Honestly, I wasn’t really prepared to hear that because I remembered the scripture in Psalms 50:10 that says, “For all the animals of the forest are mine and I own the cattle on a thousands hills.” At that moment, I knew there was a time of trust and faith coming.
When I told my husband the word God had shared with me, his response was a simple one: “And God owns the hills.” He had such faith! In the next month, customers that were all set to move forward decided not to proceed for one reason or another. We used up all our savings and spent many months with very little income. When God would instruct us to do something, we would. One month it was to sell a bunch of extra possessions we had. Then when we told people about how faithful God was, people felt God prompting them to give us money. Every month the money came in a unique way and we were able to pay each and every bill. God provided all our needs as we continued to hold tight to him and his Word.
There are times when we are walking through trials where we begin to try to move God’s hand. Our job is not to come in and try to control our circumstances; instead, we must trust that God is watching over us. Any time fear comes knocking on your door, causing you to try once again to make things happen, you must close the door. Fear simply must not be allowed to enter, as it pushes us to make choices that will direct us down a different path than what God intended. Instead, you must trust and keep thankfulness as your focus.
“Make thankfulness your sacrifice to God and keep the vows you made to the Most High. Then call on me when you are in trouble, and I will rescue you, and you will give me glory.” Psalms 50:14-15
Our choices must line up with our faith in God. If you have chosen to put your faith in God but then turn to trusting yourself to provide in every way, you will be like the house built without a foundation.
“So why do you keep calling me ‘Lord, Lord!’ when you don’t do what I say? I will show you what it’s like when someone comes to me, listens to my teaching, and then follows it. It is like a person building a house who digs deep and lays the foundation on solid rock. When the floodwaters rise and break against that house, it stands firm because it is well built. But anyone who hears and doesn’t obey is like a person who builds a house without a foundation. When the floods sweep down against that house, it will collapse into a heap of ruins.” Luke 6:46-49
Your choices make a statement and determine the direction of your life. It is those small, daily choices to trust and rely on God that will direct you toward the solid foundation that is unshakable, even in times of worldly crisis. People may look at you and fret as they hear about your situation but you can stand firm, knowing that God didn’t bring you to this situation to watch you fail. He is working all things together for good because you are called and living out his purpose in your life.
“If I keep my eyes on God, I won’t trip over my own feet.” Psalms 25:15
No matter what you are walking through today, I encourage you to take some time today to choose to trust God. Take a moment to thank God for who he is and what he is doing in your life. If you have a choice today to try to move the hand of God or simply rest in his presence, trusting him as he works out the details, choose to trust. God is always doing immeasurably more than you can ask or imagine. Trust him.
Jill Moltumyr is on a journey to help others see who they truly are and successfully live it out. A late bloomer when it came to understanding herself and her calling, Jill found her true identity hidden under layers of fear, insecurity, and people-pleasing that needed to be peeled back so that she could really see herself in the way God sees her. Find out more about Jill’s journey at naturallyunique.org.