3 Practical Tips for Trusting God With Your Future – Genesis 13


What if you give your future plans, hopes and dreams to God – and He doesn’t give them back? Here’s how to trust God with your future plans and take practical steps forward in your life. Trusting God almost always involves action.

I love hearing sermons and reading books about trusting God, praying, and waiting patiently in faith. I often say “amen” to sincere prayers for healing, justice, and God’s will to be done on earth as it is in Heaven. Yet I don’t often hear practical, applicable tips for actually taking action and walking in faith.

Taking action — moving from stage to stage toward your future plans — isn’t just smart. It’s Biblical. Completely trusting God with your future, family, finances and friends requires you to get involved, show up, and even make mistakes. You’ll never do it perfectly but if you’re living in the Spirit and listening hard, you’ll do it well. Here’s what I recently discovered about following Jesus into a strange, exciting, often confusing new world…

This article is part of my She Blossoms Through the Bible project; I’m writing an article for every chapter in every book of the Bible. This article (How to Trust God With Your Future – Step 13) is inspired by Genesis 13. Abram swung back and forth from being completely obedient to not trusting God with His future. Let’s learn from his successes and mistakes so we don’t have to make so many of our own!

You don’t have to believe in God, Jesus, or the Holy Spirit to benefit from my tips on how to trust God with your future plans. Just keep an open mind and consider these ideas. Amazing new beginnings and fresh blossoms always grow from tiny seeds of life.

How to Trust God With Your Future

Believing in God isn’t enough to secure your future. Even the demons believe! Learning how to trust God with your future, finances, family and friends is a whole new (and scary) level.

It’s called “leveling up”, and it’s not just good. It’s great.

1. Deal with your fear of God’s plans for your life

In Overcoming Fear of Following God’s Voice – Step 12 we learn that Abram left the Negev and went to Egypt because of famine. He was worried about his wife, family, livestock, and servants starving — and rightfully so! Famine is scary and even life-threatening. However, it’s not until Genesis 13 that we learn Abram had to return to the Negev after his disastrous stint in Egypt. The Pharaoh kicked him and Sarai out. We also learn that Abram returned to his altar site and then called on the name of God (Genesis 13:3-4). It seems to me that Abram forgot how to trust God with his future, instead trusting his fear, doubt, and self-reliance. I understand how Abram lost his way (as much as I can, not being 75 year old Jewish man living in Canaan 2,000 years before Jesus!).

How does fear affect your willingness to trust God? Fear is probably the number one reason you haven’t learned how to trust God with your future, finances, family and friends. You’re scared of …. what? You tell me. I know what I’m scared of: disrupting my husband’s life, creating problems for my dogs, not having enough money for retirement. I use my fears as an excuse to not trust God with my hopes, dreams, and plans for my future. What about you — do you let fear affect your ability to trust God with your life?

2. Do not fear missing God’s “perfect” will for your life

I’m not sure I believe God has a “perfect will” for our lives — with the exception of Jesus’ life. But, whether or not God has a perfect will for us, we will miss the mark sometimes. Maybe more often than not. Abram was an obedient Jew who faithfully loved and obeyed the Lord…yet he made mistakes, failed to seek God’s will for some decisions in his life, and didn’t always actively trust God with his future. This is a natural part of being human. We wander, stray, and neglect to include God in our plans. If we’re smart — like Abram was — we’ll turn back to the Lord.

What do you think about God’s will for your life? “Perfect will” means God has a specific plan for your life, specific person for you to marry, specific job, specific car, home, dog, kids, etc. “Permissive will” means God doesn’t mind who you marry, where you live, what job you have, what car you drive, etc. Give this some thought, especially when you’re learning how to trust God with your future, family, finances and friends. What you believe about God’s will for your life affects how you trust and respond when you hear Him calling. Even if you believe God has a perfect will for your life — and even if you missed His mark — remember that you can turn back. You may not be able to get back the time, people, opportunity, or resources you lost…but if you follow Jesus, your life will be redeemed.



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3. Expect seasons of fast growth…and seasons of slow growth…

Abram “journeyed by stages to the Negev” (Genesis 12:9), and then “went by stages from the Negev to Bethel” (Genesis 13:3). Abram’s plans — both when he was and wasn’t trusting God with his future — involved a progression. A process, a slow movement forward, a journey. Abram’s plans started with a notion, a seed of an idea, a possibility for the future. That notion or inkling became a thought, which developed into concrete plans to move to a different place. This is often how life unfolds, isn’t it? Notions become ideas. Ideas become thoughts. Thoughts become plans. Plans become reality. For better or worse.

Blossom Tips How to Trust God With Your Future Step 13How can you make the most of the stage you’re in? Earlier I mentioned that my fear of disrupting my husband’s life prevents me from actively trusting God with my future. I’m reluctant to put our dogs in a kennel while I pursue my dreams, plans, goals. I’m also recovering from a broken shoulder and orthopedic surgery, which limits my energy and mobility. So, I’m in a season of waiting, slow growth, reflecting on the possibilities. What about you — what season are you in? How can you make the most of this season while learning how to trust God with your future plans? Write down a few practical things you can do, things that will help grow emotionally, spiritually, professionally, mentally. Even more importantly, grow forward in your relationship with Jesus.

Read Genesis 13. See how Abram wandered off track, and how God welcomed him back? God and Abram had a strong relationship…and you can have a strong relationship with the Lord, too! It starts with learning how to trust God with your future, and it will blossom when you keep moving forward no matter what season you’re in.

What is holding you back from actively trusting God with your future plans? Your thoughts — big and little — are welcome below!

With His love,

Laurie

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“See, I am doing a new thing,” says the Lord in Isaiah 43:19. “Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.”

xo


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  • Lovey

    Laurie
    You are a lady after my own heart! I so identify with your devotion to your dogs, as I am the same way! I currently have 4 dogs, 2 Scottish terriers, a Cairn terrier, and an elderly rat terrier. I never had human children, so my dogs are my babies!

    These dogs have helped me immeasurably with the greatest loss and heartache of my lifetime, losing my beloved husband of 34 years, in July 2016. I don’t think I would have been able to withstand the horrific grief if I didn’t have these 4 wonderful furbabies to console me day after sad day – night after lonely night. We all sleep together in my queen sized bed now, and I remember huddling with them in sorrow – not believing my wonderful husband was really gone, in those terrible early months. He loved them as well, and they missed their Daddy very much.

    I know God was also there for me in a much bigger way, but my anger & grief & disbelief that He took my beloved husband away, instead of healing him, and shattered my life & heart into a billion pieces colored & clouded my thinking, as I struggled to make sense of something that doesn’t make any sense, death… I am still struggling with trying to get back fully to Him, as I once was. It just did not make any sense that I lost him when life was finally starting to fully & finally be enjoyed by us as a couple. My dream of us growing old together was shattered. My husband struggled with the demons of drugs & alcohol in his early life, but with finding AA, then Jesus Christ, God started showing him the way of healing & repentance. We married about mid point in his recovery, and times were rocky for quite a while, as he struggled to find his way out of addition & childhood abuse, and toxic relationships. But – God was faithful thru those years, and our marriage grew stronger, as we both followed the Lord Jesus as best as we could, going to church, Bible studies & finding strong friendships in the body of Christ. He started to have health problems, but his courage & faith were an inspiration to myself, and our friends & family. After almost 15 years of many hospital trips & illnesses, his poor physical body just gave up. 2 weeks before he passed, he mentioned to some friends – out of my earshot “If God is ready to take me home, I’m ready to go”. His COPD, failing heart & worn out frame just couldn’t take the effort to even breathe the way he should. He didn’t want to leave me, that I know. He loved me with all his heart, and told me so many times, that he was so grateful I stood by him all these years, and was always there for him. The night before he passed, he told me in the emergency room that he loved me so very much, and was sorry he caused me so much worry in his many illnesses, but I told him I was his wife, and it was my privilege to help him in every way, and I loved him with all my heart. Those last years were so very sweet & tender, and our love grew into something I never thought possible, because it was anchored in our Lord Jesus Christ. Just as we were becoming more committed to the Lord & reading His word every day, and growing even closer as a couple, the end came so much sooner than we anticipated. His passing at a very young & loving & fun 70 broke many hearts, but most of all, mine. To know that man was to love him, quite the change from what he was, Jesus did a 180 on him, and he gave glory to God for giving him his life back.

    Now – the future is bleak and cold & grey without my love and soul mate. And I can see my dogs are also growing older, and I don’t want to lose any of them, they are all I have with me in my house, along with my parrot & some other birds & fish. I do have friends in church, and lady friends, and a widows group I go to. But – the heavy heart & greif are always there. Holidays are not anticipated with joy anymore, only to be gotten over as quickly as possible. People who are the closest to me know that I will never really get over the death of my husband. Because of my struggle to grow close to the Lord again, I have fears & doubts. I want so much to go to Heaven & be with my Jesus & my husband, but the enemy knows how to taunt me, and make me doubt even my own salvation. This is a very real struggle with me, and it seems that no matter what I try – I just can’t seem to get back the joy of my salvation & closeness with Jesus. He just seems so distant, and reading the Bible is even a struggle – right now – it’s just words. So – prayers would be appreciated. My greatest need is to get back to my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ – with ALL my heart & soul, and give Him what is left of my life.