The Ash Exchange

Individually it's particles are light, but together they become heavy burdens filling our insides with darkness. As we receive His love, we're filled with his light exposing us to the image of God that was implanted in us. At that moment, our ashes are exchanged for the beauty God created within.

The Trust Factor!

God has given me many prophetic utterances directly and through people. Some have manifested, while others are in progress.  Upon hearing them I was realized that I have much faith that God will do something great with my life, but in the waiting I began to question whether or not I was trusting him to lead me to the promise he gave?

 We often have faith that God will deliver his end of the covenant, but sometimes we do not trust the way he desires to get us there. Immediately when I thought of faith versus trust, I thought about Abram and Sarai. In Genesis 15:2-6, God tells Abraham that he will have his own heir.

2 But Abram said, “O Lord God, what will you give me, for I continue childless, and the heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?” 3 And Abram said, “Behold, you have given me no offspring, and a member of my household will be my heir.” 4 And behold, the word of the Lord came to him: “This man shall not be your heir; your very own son shall be your heir.” 5 And he brought him outside and said, “Look toward heaven, and number the stars, if you are able to number them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your offspring be.” 6 And he believed the Lord, and he counted it to him as righteousness.

Even after being told he would have his own son, Abram and Sarai found themselves not trusting God’s process. I say Abram AND Sarai, because Abram’s next act reveals that somewhere in his heart he, too, believed God had left him to bear a child on his own. In Genesis 16, we find Sarah reflecting on her barrenness.  Instead of reaching out to God and trusting him to fulfill the promise he gave Abram, she tells Abram to sleep with their servant Hagar who ultimately bears a son.

 Upon the birth of Hagar and Abram’s son, Ishmael, God revisits Abram and re-establishes his covenant with him and Sarai as Abraham and Sarah. During this visit, God tells Abraham that Sarah will bear him a son named, Isaac (Genesis 17:16-24).

I will bless her, and moreover, I will give you a son by her. I will bless her, and she shall become nations; kings of peoples shall come from her.” 17 Then Abraham fell on his face and laughed and said to himself, “Shall a child be born to a man who is a hundred years old? Shall Sarah, who is ninety years old, bear a child?” 18 And Abraham said to God, “Oh that Ishmael might live before you!” 19 God said, “No, but Sarah your wife shall bear you a son, and you shall call his name Isaac.  I will establish my covenant with him as an everlasting covenant for his offspring after him. 20 As for Ishmael, I have heard you; behold, I have blessed him and will make him fruitful and multiply him greatly. He shall father twelve princes, and I will make him into a great nation. 21 But I will establish my covenant with Isaac, whom Sarah shall bear to you at this time next year.”

Now, God had previously told Abraham that he would have his own heir, but he did not trust God to bring the promise into fruition. How many times, have we acted out of trust operating as if we have the ability to help God manifest the promise he gave? If you don’t want to be honest, I’ll raise my hand, in fact both of them. Because I didn’t have all the details, I failed to trust that God would deliver in HIS way and timing. My lack of trust didn’t cancel the promise, but it did delay a few things.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
    and do not lean on your own understanding.
6 In all your ways acknowledge him,

    and he will make straight your paths.

Proverbs 3:5-6 tells us that if we trust God beyond our human minds, he will guide our paths. By trusting God, we receive divine direction. He orders our steps and leads us to the right people and places needed to fulfill his promise.

 Because of what we’ve seen God do, our faith grows strong, but when the process begins to differ, we lack trust. I challenge you to no longer try to reach the destination God has for you out of your own might. Instead, trust and believe he has already created the steps he has for you to get there.  Silence your thoughts, worship him, read his Word, and listen for instruction.

Psalm 32:8  tells us God will instruct us and teach us in the way that we should go. He will counsel us with his eye upon us. No matter what detours and trials we may experience, we must maintain our trust in God knowing that he is too faithful for us to not trust him.