I am not a fan of those alarm clocks that jangle you into wakefulness with that dreadfully loud, obnoxious ringing sound. They are, however, quite effective; you are certainly wide awake once they go off. Looking around us it’s pretty plain to see that we need revival to spring forth. Today’s devotional article reposted from Charisma is a wake up call to pray and be a force in bringing a much needed awakening to our world.
When things do work out as we would like them to, as we had hope they would, it is tempting to conclude that God is not faithful. After all, we prayed and hoped things would be different than the outcome we ended up with so what other explanation is there? Today’s devotional reposted from Rebecca Barlow Jordan’s blog draws our attention to a deeper question and offers a different conclusion.
“Okay, the first question is not the real issue, is it? The real question is, Do you really trust God? Do the two go together? Absolutely.
Most of us want to trust God for the “fix”–the answer that we’ve asked Him for. Claim the promise. Right? So we confess it, we act on it, and we nail it down! God said it, that’s that! Yes, I really trust God. And we wait to see the fix.
What Happens When…
Lost your job? You child is rebelling? Received a bad report from the doctor? It’s only a matter of time…until God will come through. Right? Right! Do you really trust God? Maybe….
Is God really trustworthy? Yes! What if? What if the fix doesn’t happen? Unemployment stretches on. Children don’t return. You don’t get well. Is God still trustworthy?
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways, acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6 NKJV
That verse in Proverbs says to trust in the Lord with all your heart–not a part, not halfway, but all. Lean not to your own understanding. Don’t try to figure it out on your own. Refrain from dictating to God when or how something should happen. God is God; you are not. That’s where the problem lies with the “trust” issue.
In all your ways–that means all–acknowledge Him. Make His name known; put Him first; make Him “boss.” And He will (not maybe) direct your paths. It doesn’t say God will answer the way you want, but He will direct, lead, or prod you in the right direction, the “path” He has laid out for you (even if you don’t have a clue what to do). Another translation says He will make your way smooth. He will make your way bearable.
Trusting God Is a Challenge
Trusting God is a challenge for me. I bet it is for you, too. It’s easy to trust God for ___________ but when it comes to _______________. We’ll both just fill in the blanks, okay? God knows what our most difficult issues are.
Let’s test our “trust quotient.” How do you know if you’re trusting God? Here are four possible ways:
Real Trust Means:
1. No timetable
2. No fixes
3. No worry
4. No control (of mine)
Here’s another way of looking at it:
The ABC’s of Trusting:
2. B elieving God is in control (Jeremiah 32:17, NLT)
3. C onfessing God’s faithfulness (Psalm 89:8, NLT; Deuteronomy 32:4, NLT)
4. L eaving the answer to God (even if He decides not to “fix” the problem). (Psalm 31:14, NLT; Romans 11:33, NLT).
Wait a minute! It’s that last one that tests us the most, would you agree? That’s the one that doesn’t fit our “alphabet order.” Because believing that God is trustworthy is believing that God will never act any other way than what will ultimately bring good. He is God; He is faithful; and He is good. And no lack of trust in Him will ever change the character of God.
The question is not, “Is God really trustworthy?” The question is, “Do you really trust God?” Only you–and God–can answer that. But there is a sweetness in the relationship when your faltering steps of faith turn to quiet rest and total dependence on One who will never disappoint you, never fail you, and who is always, 100% faithful.”
(c)2012 Rebecca Barlow Jordan Used with Permission Source: https://www.rebeccabarlowjordan.com/is-god-trustworthy-do-you-trust-god/
God’s Word admonishes us to pray without ceasing. While that may seem like a difficult thing to do, maintaining an attitude of prayer throughout the day and keeping up an ongoing conversation with God is part of a vital relationship with Him and keeps us in His peace. Today’s devotional by Max Lucado helps us grow in our ability to pray our way past despair and into a place of peace and rest.
Peace happens when people pray.
I like the story of the father who was teaching his three-year- old daughter the Lord’s Prayer. She would repeat the lines after him. Finally she decided to go solo. He listened with pride as she carefully enunciated each word, right up to the end of the prayer. “Lead us not into temptation,” she prayed, “but deliver us from e-mail.”
These days that seems like an appropriate request. God calls us to pray about everything. The terms prayer, supplication, and requests are similar but not identical. Prayer is a general devotion; the word includes worship and adoration. Supplication suggests humility. We are the supplicants in the sense that we make no demands; we simply offer humble requests. A request is exactly that — a specific petition. We tell God exactly what we want. We pray the read more
Many people have very unpleasant, very vivid memories of being called names by friends and enemies alike when they were younger. You may not know it, but God is in the name calling business as well, only the names He calls us are all good and life giving. Redeemed. Holy. Saints. Righteous. Beloved. Click on the arrow to listen to the names God calls you today.
Sometimes the church isn’t really good at helping people to realize and internalize God’s love for them. People often view God as someone holding a bat with which to whack them when they mess up. Today’s devotional does away with that notion and helps us understand how loved we are.
Several years ago, I was having lunch with a man I had just met. For some reason, he opened up to me about his struggling marriage. When I asked him how God fit into his marriage, his countenance darkened, and he cut me off: “I don’t believe in God, and I don’t want to talk about religion.”
Not wanting to push too hard, I respected his stance and continued to talk about his marriage without mentioning anything more about God. He interrupted me again, repeating that he didn’t believe in God and that he read more
Most all of us who are journeying along The Way want – and need – to hear from God. The question is, are we listening. Often many of us tend to strike out on our own because we are unable sit still long enough for God to talk to us. Waiting is a difficult thing, but it is necessary if we want to hear what God has to say. Click on the arrow to listen to Sunday’s message by Pastor Marlan about listening to God.