At the beginning of the New Year, most of us make resolutions. Some of us really commit to those resolutions, and some of us put them back on the shelf for next year. I’ve never been one for New Year’s resolutions, but this year I’m embarking on a different challenge…a 30-day challenge to trust the Lord. Now, I know what some of you might be thinking, “You don’t trust the Lord all the time? Aren’t you a Christian? Isn’t that like what Christians do?” My response to that would be that I have a sinful heart and my sinful heart is constantly working to deceive me into trusting in myself, circumstances and/or others. Jeremiah 17:9 says, “The heart is deceitful above all things.” Part of growing in my relationship with God is learning to trust him more and more.
So, really…what is this challenge? Well, as I’ve shared in previous posts, I’m at a point in my life where a relationship is very much in the unknown and it is HARD (it is so hard it deserves to be capitalized, bolded, underlined, and italicized!). During my quiet time this week, God has been tugging on my heart to let it go and trust Him with it. Friends, this is daggone hard to do, but I know that God is faithful and He will help me do this. So for the next 30 days I’m waging a war on my deceitful heart…a war that will hopeful end with total dependence on God with the relationship.
So, why 30 days? Well, the 30 days comes from the Book of Amanda 2:4. Just kiddin! Obviously, since there is clearly no book of Amanda and if there was, I would probably have a lot more people reading this blog! The 30 days is from various scientific research studies that concluded that it takes 30 days to create a habit. That’s really my hope with this challenge…that this challenge will create a God-honoring and life-long habit in my life.
So, what exactly are you doing? Well, I created a list of 9 things that are part of my commitment. Here are some of them (sorry y’all, can’t share everything…there is another person involved so gotta respect that!): (1) Commit to reading God’s word EVERYDAY; (2) Commit to pray everyday and ask for wisdom, help in trusting Him, and obedience to His will; (3) read the Book of Proverbs (seriously, one of the best books for wisdom and coincidentally there are 30 chapters in Proverbs…so 30 days=30 chapters); (4)pray that the other person involved is committed to trusting the Lord; (5) tell someone my whole list so that they can keep me accountable.
Ok, cool…so why are you sharing this? My hope in sharing my 30-Day challenge is that you will participate with me. It doesn’t have to be just about a relationship. I challenge you to choose any area/thing in your life that you’re having a hard time trusting God with. I cannot guarantee that at the end of the 30 days things will turn out how you expected or even wanted at the beginning. I can guarantee that you will grow in your relationship with Him and experience peace like never before. Proverbs 37:4,5 “4 Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. 5 Commit your way to the Lord, trust in him, and he will act.”