Trusting God by doing good: Anne Thornton

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“Trust (lean on, rely on, and be confident) in the Lord and do good; so shall you dwell in the land and feed surely on His faithfulness, and truly you shall be fed. Psalms 37:3

This is our go to verse when my husband and I are unsure about decisions that affect our future (both big and small). As I look back and remember the outcome of each decision we’ve had to make, I am reminded of how important the waiting period has been. This is when we discover the nature and character of God (that He is completely trustworthy, faithful and all-knowing). He knows what is best for us and when it is best for us to have it,so His yes and no’s are exactly what we need, even if it’s not want we want. (At least at that moment).

The wait also helps us discover His affections for us. The unknown is a scary place to be but if you choose to draw near to God, you’ll find that just His presence alone will always sustain you. While we wait, we practice trusting and doing good. Trust is a proactive thing. Trust means choosing to let go of control, let go of trying to find our way, and letting go of worrying. All three are so hard to do and that’s probably why God reminds us to “do good.” This is what we’ve found to be most helpful in times of waiting on God.

Learning to be mindful of needs outside our family, outside ourselves. The outcome is two-fold. Other peoples needs are met and they discover how faithful God is to them. And we become less consumed by our own circumstances. Many times we realize that the answer to our decisions affect those around us just as much as they affect our family. Are you in a season of waiting? Are you struggling with how to trust? What “good” can you do for someone today? This fall at the Legacy Conference we will be interviewing The Hope Project. A local ministry that is fighting the battle of human sex trafficking in our community. Yes it is happening in our community! Are you looking for ways to do good? There are many ways to volunteer and give on their website.

Adreanne Thornton

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