Author: Brittany Nelson
I am about to begin a season of serious transition. A new career path, a new job, and a move. And I don’t even know what those things will be or where or when they will happen! As with any transition, this brings both excitement and pain. Change is hard, and it often hurts, even if it is the right decision. I know that no matter what happens, God is faithful. But the bigger question is, am I?
My mind wrestles with many questions, doubts, and fears. My heart struggles with what I will leave behind and looks with uncertainty to the future. So will I choose to be faithful even amidst the fear and unknown circumstances? Will I choose to persevere even after failure and disappointment? Will I choose to serve Him even when plans change or unexpected situations arise?
Micah 6:8 tells us what the Lord requires of us: “to act justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with our God.”
No matter your circumstances, situations, or fears, whether life is about to change or will keep chuggin’ along where you’re at, God has shown us what He wants from us. We don’t have to stress about making plans, setting holy and lofty goals, or troubling ourselves with mapping out the next five, ten, or twenty years. His expectations for us are already settled and laid down. We are to act fairly and do good. We are to delight in opportunities to show kindness. We are to step through each day closely connected to the Father who cares for us so.
He does not require us to succeed. He does not require us to meet a set of standards (our own or someone else’s). He does not expect us to accomplish certain goals. He requires us to act justly, love mercy, and most importantly, walk humbly with Him in the full submission that allows us to grow.
Mother Teresa summed up Micah 6:8 in another way when she said, “God has not called me to be successful. He has called me to be faithful.”
So as I confront the fears of my future, I not only need to remind myself of God’s faithfulness to me but also the faithfulness He asks of me.
For through our doubt and confusion, God continually proves Himself to be a promise keeper. He has given us truths that won’t change, even when our circumstances do. We can depend on God because He works for the good of those who love Him (Romans 8:28). We know that He will take care of us because we are worth more than a whole flock of sparrows (Luke 12:7). We can hold unswervingly to our hope in the Lord because He who promised is faithful (Hebrews 10:23).
What we have to work on is being faithful to Him in return.