(5) Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. (6) In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. ( Proverbs 3:5-6 KJV)
Trust: Firm belief in the reliability, truth, ability, or strength of someone or something.
Process: A series of actions or steps taken in order to achieve a particular end.
A few years ago God told me to trust in the process, that he had a plan for my life but there would be a process that I would have to go through in order to reach my destiny. A process is a series of actions or steps taken in order to achieve a particular end. In other words he was telling me at that time that I must go through a series of things in order for me to become who God intended for me to become. Just as he has a process for me he also has one for you too. Just as he had to take his disciples through their process, so must he take you and I through one as well. Let’s take a look at the disciples for a moment.
(18) And Jesus walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers. (19) And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men. (20) And they straightway left their nets, and followed him. (21) And going on from thence, he saw other two brethren, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in a ship with Zebedee their father, mending their nets; and he called them. (22) And they immediately left the ship and their father, and followed him.
Here is where the calling of four of the twelve disciples all started. Simon Peter, Andrew, James and John. This is where there process begin. I want for you to notice something though when Jesus called them he talked to them in a language that they could understand and that language was fishing. He told Peter and Andrew that he would make them fishers of men. I mention this because I want to make it clear that when God calls us it will always be in a language that we understand. God was also showing me that this is where their process began. What got them to follow Jesus was the promise that they would become fishers of men. We know that it means the winning of souls to God’s kingdom. I can imagine disciples being at a place in their lives where they had to have imagined that there had to be more to life than just fishing, boy was there! For three years these four disciples and eight others followed Jesus. They saw miracles after miracles from the turning of the water into wine, to the blind being able to see, the mute being able to talk, to the deaf being able to hear, they witnessed demon possessed people set free and being made whole, they were able to see the dead being raised to life. Jesus in that three-year period taught them how to pray, he taught them the power of fasting, he showed them that it didn’t matter who was the greatest or the least in the kingdom of God, from Jesus they learned what compassion was, they learned that there was no one that he would turn away that the only thing that could hinder a miracle was unbelief. Most importantly he taught them all but especially Peter that it does not matter how many times you deny him (3) it does not disqualify you from the calling on your life. Our calling is greater than any denial could ever be. Jesus had to take the disciples through this process and they had to trust them through it. Remember there were more than 12 disciples at the beginning, but many turned back when they didn’t understand or felt that it was too hard. let’s not forget Judas who stayed but later betrayed Jesus for little of nothing. Also though in this process they had to watch Jesus being lied upon, being beat, crucified, mocked and ridiculed.
God had to show me that in order for the disciples to go from being disciples to apostles, they not only had to go through the process, but they had to trust in the one taken them through the process. Jesus told them that they would become fishers of men, but he never told them what he would lead them through to become that. Just like God never told me that day when he told me to trust in the process that I would have to go through the loss of friends that I never thought I would lose, he didn’t tell me about the loneliness or not being understood by those around me because my problems didn’t look like theirs so therefore I had no problems. When he told me to trust in the process he didn’t tell me that I would be ridiculed because I didn’t praise God the way some people thought that I should so therefore I was a weak Christian, he didn’t tell me that I would fall into a backsliding state and would have to fight my guilt in order to find my way back to him. He definitely didn’t tell me that I would get mad at him every other Tuesday and would want to walk away, or that I would have to watch those who I prayed for prayers get answered while I was still in his waiting room waiting on my blessings. He didn’t tell me any of that but he told me to TRUST not just in the process but in the one who is taken me through the process. Don’t think that my process has been all bad. He’s opened doors for me that no one but him could have opened, he showed me favor if it had not been for him I would not have received but I mentioned some of the bad because it’s easy to trust God in the good. In fact I wish that I could tell you that I never doubt or have worries, because that would be a lie. What I can tell you though that he’s still taking me through the process and that I know that he’s there with me every step of the way.
Your process is not my process and neither is mine yours, but I can tell you this If God is bringing you through it he’s with you guiding your every move. He’s even guiding your mistakes and making provisions for those. The bible says that the steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, that he not only orders them but he delights to do so. Trust in God through your process and don’t let anyone ever make you feel that you should be further along than what or where you are. Your right where God wants you to be. It’s your process, he’s pulling things out of you so that he may place better things in you that will equip you for your God-given destiny.
Remember trust in the process!!!