Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Trust in him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge.
That's a tough word isn't it? It's easy to trust when we have all the facts, can see with our own eyes, or we know the person really well, but it's alot harder to trust in a situation when we don't have all the facts, we can't see or know everything, or we don't know the person or situation well.
I am not advocating we trust everyone, but I am advocating we learn to trust until someone gives us reason not to, and I'm also advocating just because someone we love or care about breaks our trust, doesn't mean everyone will. Most of all, I am suggesting that no matter what this world throws at us or what obstacles stand in our way we CAN trust God!
Trust in a simple definition means "to have faith or confidence in someone or something". We need to learn to trust people or we are going to be some of the most negative, bitter, pessimistic, or skeptical people in the world. However, we also need to use discernment, common sense, and God as a meter to measure who is worthy of our trust. Don't trust the loud mouth with your personal feelings you want kep secret, or don't trust the a family member/friend to be dependable when they have tract record of being undependable or inconsistent or dishonest or selfish.
What I really want to talk about today is learning to truly "TRUST" our God. God wants to move us, motivate us, stretch us, convict us, or teach us and we resist His prompting from the Holy Spirit because we are selfish, or fearful, or distracted, or don't want to give up control. How can we say we love God or serve Him or have surrendered to Him when we won't trust Him? I am here to tell you that sometimes God is going to want you to do something, go somewhere, or be a part of something that will not make sense to you or sometimes your family or friends? Especially those like me who are "called" to ministry, you might find yourself alone in some situations just you and God because family or friends think you're crazy or losing it.
I am sure that is how people felt about Noah building an ark in the middle of no where, or Abram picking up and leaving his homeland and not even knowing where he was heading, or Moses for going back to Egypt to lead God's people out of Slavery, etc..plenty of stories in the Old and New Testament of God calling people to TRUST HIM and though it might not make sense on paper, or to family/friends, or to the world, God had a plan, a purpose, and wanted those He called to Trust in Him.
God is not going to set us up to fail. God is not going to punk us or play a practical joke on us. If God wants us to do something, It's for a reason and we must decide whether we want to TRUST Him and be obedient, or we want to resist him, fight him, run away, ignore, or make excuses. I've tried running from God, He found me. I've tried making excuses, I ran out, and I've tried to resist, but to no avail. If God wants you to do something or calls you to something, He will be faithful to you until you are ready or willing to accept.
Our job is to Trust God. Do you trust Him for salvation? Do you trust Him for grace? Do you trust Him to Provide? Do you trust Him to protect you and/or your family? Either you trust God all the time in all areas or not at alll, you can't pick and choose when to trust Him. Think about it, if a person is untrustworthy, then they are untrustworthy in all areas, if you got a friend who lies to you, then you probably aren't going to trust them in anything.
However, God is trustworthy, always! Forever! Trust in Him in all areas of your life and allow Him to bless you, work through you, use you, grow you, teach you, and love you!
This is a trustworthy saying. And I want you to stress these things, so that those who have trusted in God may be careful to devote themselves to doing what is good. These things are excellent and profitable for everyone