Do you ever get bogged down with questions about your future? Do you ever wonder whether God will honor your hard work? This week I’ve been in a rough state where I’m learning a lot about the balance between working hard and trusting God. Because when we work hard, don’t we sort of expect good results? Isn’t that what we’ve been taught?
Yet it doesn’t always work out that way. And when we don’t see a return on the investment of our time and energy, it’s so hard to stay motivated. It feels like God doesn’t care or is rejecting us. Yet God never rejects us. And He never promises immediate results. He doesn’t promise me a successful lesson if I spend 1.5 hours planning it. He doesn’t promise me that a student will improve if I work hard to tutor them. He doesn’t promise me success in any worldly sense.
Rather, God promises His presence. He promises that He hasn’t forgotten me. He promises that I am cared for even when it’s not in the way I want. He knows, absolutely, what’s best for me. He knows every detail of what I truly need. Will I choose to trust Him and His timing today?
He certainly is worthy of your trust. Look back on your life-hasn’t He always, always provided for you before?
“Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?” -Matthew 6:26
“Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” -Matthew 6:31-34