Each new idea, every problem to be solved, even the day's mundane chores, should all be commited to God. Why? Because, once we trust him for the day's work, the Lord get's busy bringing our commitments to fruition.
Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass. Psalm 37:5.
We think we understand this verse, until things don't go the way we think they should. That of course is when our trust is challenged. Try this the next time you ask God to bless an endeavor, and things seem not to be going as you expected.
1. Affirm in prayer, that you know you commited this endeavor to the Lord. Tell God that you are trusting him because He asked you to both commit your way to him and to trust him. Say something like: "God, even though it looks like everything is not going to come to pass, I rebuke the lie, that refutes your Word, and I determine to continue trusting you. I accept that you are working to bring it to pass, and await the blessing you have promised. Let my heart and mind not be turned to the lie, but help me believe the truth in spite of the circumstances."
2. Make certain your heart has a determination - that God, not you, are responsible for bringing an objective to pass. So many of us, say to ourselves, "If I just trust God more and try harder, it will happen." That is totally the opposite of what God wants us to learn about trust. It is God, not us, who holds the responsibility for something coming to completion. Yet it seldom means sit on our duff, and expect miracles to happen. It means proceed with confidence, no matter what.
It is wise of course to know if your endeavor is something God actually wants you to do. But if you are afraid to establish what to do, until you have a sign from God that it's what he wants you to do, you would be perpetually at a stand still. You know for instance when you wake, that if you have children, God wants you to be a good mother. No question about that. If you have a job, you know that God would want you to be the best employee you can be. If you are a teacher, God wants you to do the best teaching job possible.
You also know what gifts God has given you, with which to serve him. You can always move forward doing what he gifted you with, and ask with no reservation, that God bring the use of that gift for someone's good, to fruition.
However, if you know that God has impressed you to stay away from buying a new car while your budget is tight...commiting your determination to disobey him, will be equivalent to not trusting him. Therefore, he is not going to bring it to pass, because you proceeded knowing God"s will, but trusted yourself instead.
We can relieve ourselves of a lot of feelings of failure, if we become aware who is responsible for our success. If God does not make our way successful, we don't fail, unless we are doing it under our own power. I am having a difficult time making this clear. God holds the resonsiblility for our being successful. If he doesn't make things happen, he, not us, has failed. But does he ever fail...NO. So if it isn't happening...either your faith is being tested, or you have moved into "I can do it myself " mode. Or you have moved forward against his will. If you really believe, God has called you to it, then put all your trust in Him making it happen. Move only as he opens the doors. So the third element of relying on this verse, is to
3. accept his timing. This is probably our greatest falling off point. God's timing seldom fits our schedules.
I love the saying that some are posting which says: "If God isn't opeing doors, serve him in the hall." At least one said: " If God doesn't open your door, serve him on the porch." Trust is being who he gifted you to be with confidence, no matter where you are. Allow God alone to move you. But also, expect good things from him, and beware when Satan wants to shake your faith. Learn to see him causing the difficulties, and know it's Gods job to turn even Satan's bad, into good. And just keep putting successful expectations on God's shoulders. He said to.
Lord, I thank you, that when you have allowed me to be tested in this subject several times lately, you have proved your willingness to prove your Word. I have learned that, if I pray, Thank you Lord for what you are about to do, even though it seems to be impossible, I determine to trust you with the results, the progress, and the completion of my success. I have determined to not push through when my doors aren't opening. I have determined to wait upon your timing. Thank you Lord, that when I have tested your Word, you have brought amazing good things to pass. Much love, Your adoring Child. Praise to the Trustworthy Lord of my life. AMEN