in God we trust
Are you doing it again?! You know- looking to man for satisfaction and believing that your desire will be met by the hand of another. And, are you looking to your own strength to accomplish a great task?
Why do we fall into this pit? Like the way car tires roll easily along the ruts in a dirt road, our feet naturally go the path of old habits.
Remember the disappointment the last time you took the careless route? For how long did you harbor bitterness over the failure of another? Are you thinking it will be different this time? “Surely this person whom I trust will not fail me,” you say.
“Hello! I am here!” – God
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with My righteous right hand (Isaiah 41:10).
Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well (Matthew 6:33).
If you , then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask Him (Matthew 7:11)!
I like to think of this friendly reminder as a swift kick in the rear. Can I go ahead with one? Let’s be honest; we all have seasons in which we need a spur to prod us in the right direction! One day I stood at the ten-foot long candy aisle in route to pay for my fuel and was abruptly awakened from my fantasy when I heard, “You don’t need any of that candy!”
“Who was that?” I wondered. “Was it my conscience?” But there was definitely someone else with me in the gas station, because I saw a shadow in my peripheral vision. Maybe the appearance of my backside prompted his comment!
Whoever it was and whatever his motivation, I was grateful for the distraction. I remember saying, “Thank you” as I snapped out of my daze and proceeded to the cashier.
That’s what we do when called upon to spur our brothers and sisters in the Lord. We help them. And, when we are the ones receiving the steel prodding, we don’t grumble against them but, instead, say, “Thank you” and move ahead in the path of wisdom.
So let’s evaluate our complete trust in God, because He alone is sovereign over all of His creation, and He is worthy of our confidence.
So, do you trust Him with this day? How about tomorrow?
If you’re a parent, do you trust Him with your children?
What about a difficult relationship you’re working through? Do you trust Him?
The money in your accounts and wallet or lack thereof- do you trust Him?
Your home, your material possessions and needs- is He sovereign in your mind concerning all these things in life?
How about your emotional state? Have you placed the fullness of trust in God, or do you look to man for comfort?
Your physical well-being- trusting God in that?
How is your spiritual condition? Is He King of your life?
Your hopes and dreams- do you trust He’s leading you faithfully in His purposes?
And, what about when you die? Do you trust God with eternity?
Are your relationships handed over to Him, or do you tell anyone who will listen all your griefs?
I see you rubbing your backside… Don’t worry, it’s the good kind of pain! I only do it because I love you!