I asked my good friend, Bishop Daniel Makutsoane from Lesotho, if I could share this powerful piece of wisdom with you. I am honored that he graciously allowed me to do so. He wrote, “I am convinced that trusting in God is not enough. We need to go a little further and allow God’s will to be over our trust, meaning that even if He doesn’t do what we trusted Him for… we [will] still trust His wisdom, power and ability to do… not only what we ask but what is His will concerning our needs. God knows better, sees better and loves us more that we do for ourselves. Trust and obey.”
In Psalm 36:7 (NKJV), David writes, “How precious is Your lovingkindness, O God! Therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of Your wings.” The classic expression of trust is found in Job’s words, when he said, “Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him…” That is found in Job, Chapter 13, in the first part of Verse 15.
Bishop Daniel’s wise words about allowing God’s will to have priority over what we pray for caused me to think about how I approach the exercise of my faith. I invite you to do the same, as you think carefully about your approach to your faith. The bishop’s words should remind us that faith is more than a matter of the outcome going my way… or yours. It is about submission to the will of God. Thank you Bishop. Your wisdom is always a blessing. I’m Dr. Bob. Here is a question for you. Has the disappointment of an unanswered prayer, or perhaps one that was answered in ways you did not want, ever caused you to have wrong feelings toward God? How did this affect your level of trust in God?