I was talking with a friend who had questions about what a daily walk with the Lord looks like. I know each faith walk varies person to person, and even season to season, but in a broad way, here are three words to live by: seek, pray, trust.
Seek. Seek God in His word, every day. Daily is key. Don’t we live life every day? Then, let’s seek Him every day! His word is truly the lamp to our feet, and the light to our path (Psalm 119:105). God’s word teaches us truths about who He is, and His great love for us. His word also gives us guidance for the smallest and biggest decisions we make, or the vast range of emotions we feel. He promises if we seek Him, we will find Him, if we seek Him with all our heart (Jeremiah 29:13).
Pray. Where seeking is God talking to us, praying is us talking to God. God tells us to pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17). When we talk to God all the time in our heart, it leaves little room for other negative or self-defeating thoughts. In prayer, we can turn anxiety to peace. We can release anger or bitterness. We can actually help others by simply talking to God! The more we pray, the stronger our relationship with the Lord becomes.
Trust. Trusting God is crucial. If we seek Him daily, and pray to Him all the time, but we don’t trust Him, and then choose to go our own way because we think it’s better, then our faith walk is really “all for naught.” Why seek and pray when we don’t really trust? However, if we fully believe God hears our prayers, then our souls can rest, knowing He is at work, doing things we could never do in and of our own power. And if we trust Him in His word, we will confidently follow Him down His paths, believing His way is the best route, even if it’s not fully revealed. A simple example: when driving into an unknown destination, we type the address into Google Maps or Waze. Isn’t the next logical step to follow its directions? Trusting God is obeying God. It is faith-in-Him winning over the feelings-in-you. I’ve lived long enough to know that feelings are NOT trustworthy. So friend, every day, Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight (Proverbs 3:5-6).
Seek. Pray. Trust. A habitual, yet divinely exhilarating way to live.