Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths. (Proverbs 3: 5-6 NKJV)
Recently the job I had been working for the last few years ended and I went back to what I love to do—teaching in the classroom. I contemplated looking for a job in administration but I wasn’t really interested in doing that. However, not finding another job similar to the one that ended meant a pay decrease. As bad as the economy is, I was wondering if that was really a smart thing to do. My thoughts were: “How am I going to continue living my life and spending money the way that I like to? How would we pay for bills, daycare, ballet, restaurants and SHOPPING whenever I wanted?” I started talking to people, instead of talking to God (I know, I know), and they were sharing lots of great leads to better paying jobs and reminding me that if I needed anything they had my back.
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God (Philippians 4:6 NASB).
I was talking to a friend and I started to complain about how things were going to be tight and how I was going to have to learn to budget, save and cut back. I told her about the many bills I have and how I would definitely miss the extra money. I was instantly convicted and started thinking about Matthew 6: 25-27. “For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they? And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life?” (NASB) I didn’t realize that I depended more on money than trusting God. Don’t be confused, I know that a man that doesn’t work, doesn’t eat but I didn’t know that my relationship with money was so extreme. I started to think about all the times I was so exhausted to the point of making myself sick because I wanted money so badly to do whatever I wanted to do.
“It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man.” (Psalm 118:8 NKJV)
I really had to sit back and think about all the things and people I have trusted and I realized that my main resource is God. I reflected on all the times that I trusted people and they failed me and all the times I trusted in money and I lost it or had to use it for something I wasn’t planning to use it for. I had to ask God for forgiveness because I know that God is going to take care of me like He has done so many times before. I was worried about something that God had already worked out for me. We can trust in many things. None, however, offer the protection plan, the long-term security, or the benefit that trusting in God offers. All of the other things can fail but God never fails. Who Or What Do You Put Your Trust In?
I thank You for protecting me even when I put my trust in something or someone else. Thank You, God, for never leaving or forsaking me even when I didn’t look to You and I looked to others. God, I am asking for forgiveness for not coming to You for every part of my life. Thank You for being my strength when I was weak. Thank You for being my relief when I was pressured by life. Thank You, God, for being my refuge when I needed security. I thank You, God, for teaching me to trust You through the good and the bad times. Lord, I will never put my trust in anything other than You again. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!
Ladies, I EMPOWER you to put your full and complete trust in God. Trust God with your whole heart. I EMPOWER you to trust God through good times and bad times. You should never let your trust waiver or lose faith when you can’t see your way. I EMPOWER you to “trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths (Proverbs 3:5-6NKJV).” Believe and trust that God can do anything but fail and despite what you need; He will take care of you.
Mrs. Keviyona Ray is an ordained minister and co-pastor in training of The Christ For All People International Church. She is passionate about sharing the word of God with everyone she encounters. As a professional, Keviyona is a teacher for Chicago Public Schools. She loves her ministry of teaching and changing children’s lives. She is a devoted wife and mother of a wonderful daughter. Two of her favorite scriptures are Jeremiah 1: 5 – Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations and Proverbs 29:18 – Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.