“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make straight your paths.” – Proverbs 3:5-6
We had an interesting lesson in God’s guidance the past few days. In order to make the story short, we’ll just go over the basic concepts. Anyways, we went up to the area we intend to move to, looking for jobs. We stayed in a hotel for 2 nights, and prayed in faith that God would lead us to a job during our stay, since we felt His peace that that area is where we need to be, and this is the time to act on it. We drove around, looked online, visited places, and no luck. It came to our last day up there, and we were feeling discouraged. We wanted to trust God and His provision, but there was lots of doubt. Were we mistaking His voice for something else? Would we hear Him clearly when we needed to? Discouraged, we headed to the Wednesday service at our soon-to-be home church. And during the worship time, our hearts went through a drastic change. Our doubts tried to hold us back from praising God, but we praised and worshiped anyways, and soon our viewpoint changed. We were reminded of God’s promises, and the times other people went through where the circumstance looked impossible. The message talked exactly about the heart transformation we just went through – praising God even when times are tough, and putting a purpose to your problem. But that’s not the end – sitting right in front of us, was the person who was at the front desk of our hotel, along with her fiancé. They recognized us after the service, and we talked to them for a while. It turns out they are in a similar situation – they feel called down to Alabama, and they were quitting their jobs very soon – in fact, that was the guy’s last day at his job. Coincidence? I don’t think so. God has all the small details of our life planned out, even before we are born. We are going up soon to apply at these places, but even if we don’t get the job, we have a greater level of trust in our God. Not only does He give provision, but He gives His guidance and correction to us. We were expecting Him to act in one way, but He acted in another to 1) get some doubt out of us, and 2) teach us to trust Him and worship Him even when we don’t feel like it.
God’s ways are so much better and higher than our ways. So the next time you’re feeling discouraged, wondering if God has abandoned you or not, remember that He has a plan for you, and sometimes it will be tough. Don’t give up faith, just keep seeking His guidance and trust that it will come at the best possible time.
The BOTTOM LINE: Trust God’s plans and guidance – it always works out for the best in the end, even if it doesn’t look like it at first.