We are entering another year, 2022! Many times when starting a new year, we wonder, “What does this year hold for me?” Perhaps you are gladly bidding 2021 goodbye. You may have said, “It was only by the grace of God that I made it through this past year.” It may have been a challenging year for you. You may have experienced family problems or health issues, lost family members, or even found yourself unemployed.
I am reminded of a song by Andraé Crouch that, in effect, said, “I’ve had many tears and sorrows. But through it all, I’ve learned to trust in Jesus, and I’ve learned to trust in God. Through it all, I’ve learned to depend on His Word.”
How true those words should ring in our hearts. Our friends and our family may fail us, but Jesus never fails us. He will see us through the fiercest storm in our lives. When we get into the boat with Jesus, we can trust His words, “Let us go to the other side.”
I believe the Lord is bringing each of us to a place of absolute trust in Him. It is essential that we place greater trust in Him than ever before. Often, we place trusting God as a last resort.
When you allow the Lord to be at the helm of your ship, you can walk in peace.
David knew how to trust His God. Psalm 18:2–3 (NKJV) says, “The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; My God, my strength, in whom I will trust; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. I will call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised; So shall I be saved from my enemies.”
David knew how to commit his entire life to the Lord. Sometimes we attempt to handle our situations all by ourselves. Yet the Lord is willing and able to help us through any circumstance that may come our way. It is important that we commit our entire life to Him.
Proverbs 3:5–6 (NLT) says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.”
I admonish you to place your entire trust in God this year. Let Him direct your paths. Sometimes that is difficult for us because we would like to see the whole picture. But God doesn’t operate that way. He usually shows us His plans one step at a time. Walking with Him is a daily step of faith.
Second Corinthians 5:7 (NIV) says, “We live by faith, not by sight.”
When we try to figure things out with our understanding, our mind will give us fits. That is why it is so important to keep our minds on the Lord, and let Him direct our path. We often try to figure out how God is going to work a situation out. The important thing we must do is just stand back, lean on Him, and trust Him to work out every situation for our good.
I encourage you to read Romans 8:28 and insert your name into the scripture. I read it this way for myself: “And we know that all things work together for Lynette’s good because she loves God and is called according to His purpose.”
Start putting your name in the scriptures. They will take on a new meaning for you. As you commit your life to the Lord and walk in His plan, you can be assured that He will work out all things for your good.
When you begin to understand trusting in God, you’ll start to experience the peace of God in your life. The scripture admonishes us in Colossians 3:15 (NLT) to “let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful.”
When you allow the Lord to be at the helm of your ship, you can walk in peace. Though your boat may be going through some rough waters, you can rest in peace, knowing that the Lord Jesus Christ will get you to the other side.
Determine this year to fully follow God and live a consecrated, dedicated, and holy life before the Lord. Place your trust in Him, knowing that regardless of the circumstances that may come your way in 2022, God will see you through, and you will experience His unmatchable peace in your life.
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