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Is God Trustworthy?

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:

1. A sking God’s help (Jeremiah 33:3; Psalm 46:1)

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/

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Go to Church, Take a Prayer Walk, Do a Prayer Dance

It’s always a good idea to prepare in advance for hard times – the proverbial saving for a rainy day thing. It’s pretty hard to condition yourself for harsh conditions when you’re in the middle of them. Today’s devotional, reposted from Faithgateway.com, reminds us of the importance of having our feet firmly planted in God and rooted in the family of God before the hard things of life come.

Planted, Plugged In, and Prepared A while back I saw a 60 Minutes special on a free diver named William Trubridge, who goes to extreme depths in the ocean on a single breath. It is incredibly dangerous. He descends 331 feet below the surface — twice the height of the Statue of Liberty — witha href=’http://www.faithgateway.com/go-to-church-take-a-prayer-walk-do-a-prayer-dance/’ title=’Read more’ …/a

Source: Go to Church, Take a Prayer Walk, Do a Prayer Dance

It Doesn’t All Depend on Us

Sometimes we get all stressed out and can even make ourselves sick because we live as if everything depends on us. While we certainly have a part to play,  (get off our duffs and do what we know to do), the outcome does not depend solely on us. Whew! That’s a stress breaker right there. The final outcome is God’s business. Today’s devotional by Holley Gerth shouts this message loud and clear if we will open our hearts and ears a listen.

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“…This makes a difference because we don’t have to carry the weight of what ultimately happens. We also don’t claim it as our identity. The “failure” isn’t proof that we’re inadequate and the praise isn’t proof that we’re to be worshipped. Both are too much for us to carry. Instead we can release all the criticism and praise to God and simply do the next thing He asks. Whew.

And here’s the promise we can read more

source: holleygerth.com

Jesus Starts at the Bottom – FaithGateway

Today’s devotional offers a fresh look at the lengths – or depths – that Jesus went to in order to redeem us. All of us. Including you regardless of who you are or what you have or have not done.

 

 

Picture a woman who is about to rappel down the side of a tall cliff. Before taking off down the rock’s face, she will first make certain that the rope is long enough to reach the bottom. If the top of the cliff is one hundred feet high, she is going to ensure that she has more than one hundred feet of free rope hanging over the side. In order for her to complete her journey, she has to be able to reach the bottom. If the rope is long enough to reach the mountain’s floor, it is sufficient to reach every other part of the journey.
When Jesus left the high cliffs of Heaven and came down to earth, He showed us that the rope of His reach is read more

Source: Jesus Starts at the Bottom – FaithGateway

What Was Meant for Evil, God Uses for Good, by Max Lucado

Today’s devotional reminds us of the comforting fact that God is the one who has the final say. It is He who will reverse the curse, turn the tide, and uses something that was intended for our harm to become something that helps us.

 

 

Joseph Son of Jacob Graduate with honors from the University of Hard Knocks Director of Global Effort to Save Humanity Succeeded How? How did he flourish in the midst of tragedy? We don’t have to speculate. Some twenty years later the roles were reversed, Joseph as the strong one and his brothers the weak ones.a href=’http://www.faithgateway.com/what-was-meant-for-evil-god-uses-for-good/’ title=’Read more’ …/a

Source: What Was Meant for Evil, God Uses for Good, by Max Lucado

Broken Dreams

Most of us have dreams that we’ve kinda just given up on. We have ceased to hope that they will be fulfilled. Many have had dreams that have come true only to die on the vine. God is the healer of broken hearts and the one who can resurrect those dreams that have died an untimely death. Sunday’s message by Pastor Shayna brings hope to those who have lived or are living through the experience of the death of a cherished dream. Click on the arrow below to listen to this message.

 

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Do Not Fear Change – FaithGateway

Today’s devotional is a word of encouragement to us all. Each and every one of us will at some point – and probably multiple points – in our lives encounter changes. While change is not necessarily a bad thing it can be a wee bit frightening and sometimes downright uncomfortable. This excerpt from Jesus Calling by Sarah Young will comfort your heart wherever you happen to be on your journey, entering into, in the midst of, or on the other side of change.

 

 

I am the Risen One who shines upon you always. You worship a living Deity, not some idolatrous, man-made image. Your relationship with Me is meant to be vibrant and challenging, as I invade more and more areas of your life. Do not fear change, for I am making you a new creation, with olda href=’http://www.faithgateway.com/not-fear-change-2/’ title=’Read more’ …/a

Source: Do Not Fear Change – FaithGateway