How to gain contentment and purpose during daily life
through faith and trust in God.
Trusting God to assist with those daily obligations.
Engaging with God.
You can read the introductory article to this section of the website, “God’s presence in our lives” before going on, if you have not already. It explains the various methods, available to us, that we can use to engage with God in our lives. And how our lives can be positively transformed as a result! It also puts those available methods, and our overall relationship with God, in perspective.
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This particular article relates to the added purpose and contentment in life gained through trusting God on a day-to-day basis. Once we do start to see how our daily experiences and faith fit together, the genuine wonder of it (and its outcomes) begins to become apparent.
Remember too, the more we use faith, the more of it we get.
2. FAITHFULNESS AND DRAWING CLOSER
Let us have a look at how we can actually draw closer to the Lord, through ‘faithfulness’ and developing our trusting relationship with him. We are in fact ‘shifting up a gear’ in our faith journey by doing so.
2.1 What faithfulness means
With regards to faithfulness as raised above, I mean trying hard to live … well … a life based on the word of God (the Bible) as it applies to us. Essentially, that means trying to live the kind of life that God desires of us; a life that is essentially ‘not just about me’. Note that we are not expected to be perfect.
(There are further explanations about faithfulness and life in the following article, “Trusting God with your life”.)
Speaking from experience, a life lived in this manner has a number of benefits for us. It firstly makes us feel more comfortable in our relationship with God. And it sort of creates a general sense of contentedness within us. Overall, we just become closer to him, and all that flows from that, as a result.
2.2 Growing closer to him
We can begin to move into this type of trusting relationship with God once we have come to actually believe in him. I mean recognising him there within our ‘fellowship of faith’ (our chosen church) and our everyday lives. When we are at this stage of faith and belief, then it is time to try moving even closer to him in trust.
I advised in the article, “A relationship with God”, that we firstly need to accept through ‘faith’ that God really is there as we form that relationship. Now at this point of that relationship, i.e. moving even closer to him in trust, we are better served by strengthening that sense of having him with us. It is explained in the Bible just how close his presence actually is:
For in him we live and move and have our being.
[Acts 17:28 extract]
His presence as such can be absolute for us. My advice is to grasp that description: through faith to feel him there.
In essence a deep trusting relationship on our part opens the door for God to apply all of his potential loving care, his ‘grace’, to us. That again does not mean bad stuff will not happen to us or our loved ones though. What I actually mean is God will lead us to our full potential; make our lives more complete and purposeful. And yet again this has no bearing on gaining financial wealth or the like.
3. WALKING IN TRUST WITH HIM
So, if we are to genuinely ‘walk in trust’ with God on a daily basis, where and how should we start? Well, I suggest you just begin your walk with him by opening yourself for short periods at first. Accept through faith that he wants to engage with you in your day; ready to provide his loving care.
Yet again, I will be surprised if you do not find that a day, or even hours, spent deliberately ‘walking with God’ – completely opening yourself in trust to his presence in your life – will roll along much more smoothly and productively than normal. Sometimes, as I have often seen it, the outcome may actually be quite profound, but that depends on what you are trying to achieve in your endeavours.
3.1 Testing the waters
As a starting point, for walking in trust, we carefully look for his guidance in our day. The article “God’s guiding hand” gives an overview how we can do this. And then if we are genuinely following that guidance, we can then expect his loving care; his helping hand to become evident. If you like, have a look at the article “God’s helping hand”. It explains how God assists us, removing barriers, through divine providence (i.e. his helping hand) when we follow his guidance in life.
Remember again (and I keep repeating this), life is not supposed to be just ‘all about me’! It is not about laziness either. In that day you might work on a home project for your family or a challenging job at work; help out a neighbour, school friend, co-worker, relative or even a stranger … whatever. I will say too, that God’s helping hand is even more obvious when we go out of our way to actually help others.
If you put in the effort, open and relax yourself to God’s presence as you perform your obligations, then he will assist. Talk to him about what is needed as you progress. Feel confident in his care.
And don’t forget to let other people know that God deserves some credit for success when it happens.
3.2 Trust that he knows best
Do not worry, during this process of ‘testing the waters’, if something doesn’t go as originally planned by you: chat with him, feel positive in his power, calmly let events unfold in the way that they do again in complete trust. From the Bible’s Old Testament:
Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding.
As in my case, you will normally find that any change, in contrast to your initial expectations, was always going to lead to the best outcome for overall success. I can definitely say he wants to help.
3.3 Be totally confident in him
So be ready, as totally open to him as you can be, and relaxed about events as they unfold. And I mean really relax, in total trust. Hand it over. Completely! Shut down your anxieties. Just get your brain to that ‘place’ of complete confidence in him. In other words, be totally confident in his desire and ability to assist you.
That sort of attitude of complete faith is as important here as it is when making prayers of request. The Bible verses in Matthew 14:25-31 also make it clear how important ‘complete faith’ really is when we are faced with challenges in life.
Look, I know this stuff doesn’t always sit well with our normal doubting human nature. But work at it and you won’t be disappointed in the long run. It will happen for you, I am almost certain!
Gradually, gradually, build up your practise of trusting him. Walk with him through the whole day, as soon as you can relax into that. Increase the regularity of your chats with him as you get the chance. Hand over problems you are facing etc … confide in him about them.
You will come to clearly recognise his power as it is released into your life (within limits of course) as time passes. Gradually your faith and belief will increase in strength as contentment in that trusting relationship increases. Expect your love for him to grow as well.
The final step is to hand over your life’s direction to him.
Continue to the next article, “Trusting God with your life”.
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