The Blessing Paradigm
"Commit your way to the LORD, Trust also in Him, and He will do it." Psalm 37:5 NASB
It must be something I'm supposed to get today because sheesh I'm getting things drilled into my head right now! Everyone is familiar with the concept of trust. For a very long time, up to about a few minutes ago (2:45pm EST, lol), I have always believed that trust is something to be earned, not to be given freely; however, in believing that, I had not always done that. In fact, you should trust people until they give you a reason not to trust them with forgiveness in your heart, very similar to the innocent until proven guilty concept. Also, you must pay attention when people do give you that reason not to trust them because often we overlook or degrade a person's behaviors that indicate other that great intentions as menial character flaws. Sometimes God tries to warn us of those that do not need to be in our lives right away–which requires us to trust in Him and the spirit of discernment; but that's another topic :D.
The reason I now believe that we should trust immediately is because God expects us to trust Him immediately. How else do you receive blessings, or answered prayers? HOW?? By trusting God. The above scripture tells us to trust God. You cannot receive something from God if you don't first believe that He will do it. I'm in a position right now that I must trust and believe God. I must hold Him to His Word because I don't have any other choice. The entire scripture is a faith act. We must activate our faith in giving over our plans to God, we must activate that faith by trusting God to do what He has already said, and we must wait in faith of that trust until it comes to pass.
God blesses us because He loves us. Once you recognize that, you must trust that God will always make things line up for our good! If you don't trust God, that means you are gonna do whatever you think is best, instead of being obedient to His will for your life. And unfortunately, that is not activating your faith…which shuts you out from the abundance He has in store for you. To get the blessings, you must give it to God, trust that He's gonna work it out, and wait for it to get done, whether it is immediately or not!
"Turn your burdens over to the LORD, and he will take care of you. He will never let the righteous person stumble." Psalm 55:22 BBE