Thursday, May 21, 2009

I cannot deny that I have spent some time thinking about my ‘new’ body and how much weight I still need to lose. I have lost a great deal of weight since I came back from the hospital but I still have a long way to go in order to reach my pre-pregnancy weight. I had enough of hearing other people’s stories, I decided to live my own and to do it through Christ who strengthens me. 

This morning a question came to mind: ‘do I trust God to do it again?’ Do I have enough confidence in the God of the universe in order to simply lose the weight after my first pregnancy? Before I give you a single word answer, I did a quick research on verses that talk about ‘trust’ and this is what I learned:

God never disappoints those who chase after Him. 
“Those who know your name will trust in you, for you, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek you.” Psalm 9:10 
* This verse indicates intimacy. Those who know you will trust you. I know God has been faithful to guide me once and I believe He will do it again.
“You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you.” Isaiah 26:3
* I have experience a lot of peace during these 3 weeks. While in the hospital, someone told me, now you have to go back to your pre-pregnancy weight. I was still super swollen from fluids and was not trying to think about that but I said, ‘I will.’ I know moms who were freaking out weeks before giving birth but I can truly say that because of what God’s faithfulness to me, I am experiencing peace in this area of life. 
“As the Scripture says, "Anyone who trusts in him will never be put to shame." Romans 10:11
* I can’t add anything to this. This is just simple truth!

God can be trusted in all seasons of life. 
“Trust in the LORD and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.” Psalm 37:3
* I am encouraged not only to believe God but to do good in my eating habits, exercise, etc. This will bring enjoyment and safety. 
“Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge. Selah.” Psalm 62:8
* I am encouraged to share my heart with God. When I’m down, afraid, weak… He cares about it all. Sharing my concerns is a big part of trust. I know a lot of people but I trust a few with the concerns of my heart. I only trust a few people with my heart of hearts and God can be trusted with my feelings and thoughts. 
“Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him and he will do this” Psalm 37:5 
*I started blogging with Psalm 37 in mind. As I delight myself in the Lord, commit my way to Him and trust in Him He will bring my blessing to pass. Remember: delight, commit and trust. 
I should not rely on my intellect. 
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;” Proverbs 3:5
* I constantly fight my intellect or my own understanding. The things of God are simple and yet they require faith. To put it simply: God knows more than I ever will so I am to lean on Him. 
“He who trusts in himself is a fool, but he who walks in wisdom is kept safe.” Proverbs 28:26 
* The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge but fools despise wisdom and instruction (Proverbs 1:7). There’s an infinite source of wisdom in the God of the universe, we can only tap if we leave our own intellect alone. I am challenged to be open to a God whose ways are not my ways and whose thoughts are unlike mine (Isaiah 55:8-9). 

I need a word from God. Why? It works every time.
“So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.” Isaiah 55:11
* What God says will be accomplished and it will prosper. The word of truth needs to be in our mouths, our hearts and our minds at all times. We are encouraged to keep God’s statutes before us at all times and to pass it to our children. If we put our hope in the Word of God we will not be disappointed (Psalm 119:41-43)

I should not trust in weight loss methods, even if proven successful.
“Blessed is the man who makes the LORD his trust, who does not look to the proud, to those who turn aside to false gods.” Psalm 40:4
* A weight loss method can become a false god. We all know people who swear by a particular method as if it could save, deliver them and die on the cross for them. I’m not against different weight loss methods, I believe God can use them for our good, we just need to be careful not to give the method the glory for something God allows. 
“But those who trust in idols, who say to images, 'You are our gods,' will be turned back in utter shame.” Isaiah 42:17
“Stop trusting in man, who has but a breath in his nostrils. Of what account is he?” Isaiah 2:22
*Most weight loss fads and diets out there are man made. God created the human body and He knows exactly what your particular body needs in order to achieve health and wholeness. 

Love trusts.
Jesus gave us so many comforting words which are worthy to be trusted. This is one of many: 
"Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God ; trust also in me.” John 14:1
Jesus is Lord and as the psalmist, recognize my humanity by saying: 
“When I am afraid, I will trust in you.” Psalm 56:3
*At the end of the day, I Corinthians 13 tells us that love trusts.
My answer is YES, I trust that you can do it Lord. I can do all things (losing weight while gaining health and wholeness) through Christ who strengthens me even as the mom of a newborn baby. 

What are you trusting God to do in your life again?