May 22, 2024
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Trusting God’s guidance: Embracing the process

In a project I am doing, I have reached a phase where everything seems at a standstill. I am facing a challenge that looks formidable. There are days I wake up and the only thing I want to do is pack up and head off!

The culmination of the project is so near and yet seeming so far. The thing that keeps me going is that this is something I have long cherished and there is no way I can stop now. If only I can get over this one obstacle, it will be a dream come true. Giving up will be a loss that will nag me for the rest of my life, with regrets of what could have been and the impact it would have made.

Whether we are chasing dreams, financial independence, growing in the fruit of the Spirit or raising a family, life is marked by processes that prepare us for what is coming. Process develops one’s character and capacity. Going through a process it is not always smooth sailing. Uncertainty often looms on the horizon, casting shadows of doubt and anxiety. Challenges arise that make us question whether it is worth even pursuing the chosen direction after all. Even God’s noble call can be abandoned in the heat and pressure of testing. Process is never easy.

Yet, as believers, we are called to trust in God’s guidance, even in the midst of life’s challenges and uncertainties. Calm seas do not make skillful sailors. Men and women of great exploit, whether for God or in the world have always been carved out of process. They underwent seasons of loss, shame, failure, lack, fear, self-doubt, long suffering and all manner of testing before they finally saw their visions fulfilled.

I am sure David questioned his anointing several times, when he found himself running away from a king who had all intent to kill him yet he had been nothing but loyal. For a moment, even our Savior asked to bypass the cup of suffering.

Marriages that are real ‘couple goals’ have gone through a period of sharpening that must not have been comfortable. Every person who has achieved something or become something great or small, has been through a process where caving in or giving up looked like viable options.

Believers are not exempt from process. There’s no bypassing ‘the making’ else one becomes stunted and eventually falls prey to the Old Man. It’s in the journey of trusting in God — going through the process and growing through each experience –that we deepen our faith and find true fulfillment. It is in this process that we grow more each day to bear the image of Christ.

In this blog article, we’ll explore the importance of trusting God in the journey, supported by scripture, and offer five tips for believers feeling anxious as they navigate through life’s processes.

Scriptural foundation

Proverbs 3:5-6 serves as a cornerstone of faith: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”

This verse reminds us of the importance of placing our trust in God’s wisdom and guidance, even when the path ahead seems unclear. By surrendering our plans and anxieties to Him, we open ourselves to His divine direction and provision.

Handy Tip #1: Pray Without Ceasing: In times of anxiety and uncertainty, prayer becomes our lifeline to God’s peace and comfort. Philippians 4:6-7 encourages us, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Take time to pour out your fears and worries to God in prayer, trusting that He hears and cares for you.

Handy Tip #2: Meditate on God’s Word: The Word of God is a source of strength and encouragement for believers facing anxiety. Psalm 119:105 declares, “Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.” Spend time immersing yourself in scripture, allowing God’s promises to uplift and guide you through life’s journey. As you meditate on His Word, you’ll find peace and clarity amidst the chaos.

Handy Tip #3: Lean on Community: Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 reminds us of the power of community: “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up.” Surround yourself with fellow believers who can offer support, encouragement and prayer during times of anxiety. Lean on your church community or small group for fellowship and solidarity in faith.

Handy Tip #4: Practice Gratitude: Gratitude has the power to shift our perspective and cultivate a heart of contentment amidst life’s uncertainties. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 exhorts us, “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” Take time each day to count your blessings and reflect on God’s faithfulness in your life. Cultivating an attitude of gratitude will help you see God’s hand at work even in the midst of trials.

Handy Tip #5: Surrender Control: Ultimately, learning to trust God in the journey requires surrendering control and yielding to His will. Proverbs 16:9 assures us, “In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps.” Release your grip on the reins of your life and trust that God is orchestrating every detail according to His perfect plan. Surrendering control brings freedom from anxiety and peace in knowing that God is in control.

As believers, we are called to trust in God’s guidance in the journey of life, knowing that He is faithful to lead us every step of the way. By relying on prayer, meditating on His Word, leaning on community, practicing gratitude, and surrendering control, we can navigate through life’s processes with faith and confidence. So, dear believer, take heart and trust in God’s unwavering love and provision as you journey through life’s refining processes. He is with you every step of the way. And when you are through on the other side, you will see that the process was worth it, for the person you have become.

Olive Ngoe

Olive Ngoe is a leadership development trainer, speaker, coach, author, blogger and a follower of Christ who is intentional about personal growth and leadership of young people. She blogs at https://olivengoe.wordpress.com/

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