Thursday, September 30, 2010

Trust God

Proverbs 3:5-6 (KJV) says:

Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own
In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy
Easier said than done, right? Here God’s Word clearly and plainly tells us that if we trust God and follow Him, then God will take care of the rest. Why, then, is it so hard to really trust God? So many of us think we trust God or claim to trust God, but when adversity arises we crumble. Life can be very cruel at times. We often go through losing loved ones, financial crises, sickness and disease, relationship troubles, divorce, and the list goes on and on and on. In particular my family has just lost two members in the span of roughly nine months. I’m sure many of you are going through trying situations as well. These are the times where we must continue to trust God, although our situations persuade us not to. How can we really trust and believe God in times like these? Hopefully and prayerfully, the following points will help you and strengthen you in learning to trust God more and more.

God’s record- A serious question every Christian must ask his/her self is; "has God ever failed me?" If you are real with yourself the answer is an emphatic, “NO!” or “Never!” As Christians, when we look back over our walks with God we will see that there was never a time when God did not come through. There may be times where it seemed as if He wasn’t going to or we did not understand what was going on, but in the end we realized that God was always there taking care of business for us.

Even when we are wrong and try to run away from Him, God still loves us and provides for us. Who else will love you like that? Nobody, that’s who. Any Christian who is totally honest with themselves will remember SEVERAL times when they were not even trying to please God with their lives and He came through for them anyway. This is ultimately displayed to us in the famous verse John 3:16 (KJV)
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

When times get tough remember that God loved us so much that He actually DIED for us and He has never failed us before. Who wouldn’t TRUST a God like this?

God’s motive- So even though we know that God has never failed us before, often times we still have trouble trusting Him. As we just saw, John 3:16 tells us that God loves us. He loves us so much that He gave His very life for us through Jesus Christ. This love that God displays for us is the motive behind how and why He takes care of us. To better understand this, one must realize that the love God has for us is not the love that humans express for each other in friendships or romantic relationships. The love God has for man is known as Agape (Greek word) love. This love is an unconditional love. This love only comes from God. The Bible tells us that God is Love (1 John 4:8). We also know that God is always Faithful and He is always True (Revelation 19:11). God’s very nature is holiness, perfection, purity, and love. Therefore He always has our best interests in mind; even when we act like we do not care about ourselves.

God’s Mind- Although we can understand some things about God’s nature, importance must also be placed in realizing that in this life we can never fully understand God. The Word tells us that God’s ways are not our ways and His thoughts are not are thoughts (Isaiah 55:8). His mind and His ways are extremely higher than ours (Isaiah 55:9). Man’s most intricate processes and advancements are much less than inferior to the Lord. We also know that as Christians, everything works together for our good. Romans 8:28 (KJV) tells us:

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to
them who are the called according to his purpose.

So we can believe that everything in life happens to better us (directly or indirectly), although we do not know why sometimes. Christians fully understanding God would be like an infant or a toddler trying to understand ALL the actions of their parents. Little children do not know why parents restrict them sometimes or take things away from them. They do not know why parents have to leave sometimes to go to work or handle some other business. They have no idea about work, insurance, bills, etc. Sometimes parents have to let their children go through adverse situations (time out, grounding, other punishment) to teach them a lesson. Sometimes parents must take things away from children (privileges, bad friends, unhealthy habits/activities) to make the child a better person. Through it all, they come to understand that their parents love them and are taking care of them. They know that they have a place to sleep, enough meals every day, and clothes to wear. When they are sick, their parents take care of them. When they need something, it gets taken care of. This is how we must be with God. Many things He does or allows to happen do not make sense to us. However, because we know all things work together for our good, we can still trust God because He knows better than we do.

If you are finding it hard to trust God remember that He loves you unconditionally. He IS Love. If you are a child of God (a Christian), then everything that happens in life is happening for your good! Let go of the apprehension and trust the all-wise, almighty God today!

Reflection Points

1. Do I place God as the Head of my life ALL the time? (Matthew 6:24)

2. Do I expect God to work in His timing or my own? (2 Peter 3:8)

3. Is there anyone or anything that comes close to deserving my trust as God does? (Psalm 8:1)

4. How many times has God came through for me when I turned my back on Him?

5. Has God ever failed me before? If I THOUGHT He did, was it because I was outside of His will or not receptive to His plan for me?

6. If God really loves me enough to sacrifice His Son, how could I not trust Him? (Romasn8:32)