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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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Prayer, Not Despair

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 prayersupplication, 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

 

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When You Believe in God But Aren’t Sure He Loves You

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

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Read the Bible – FaithGateway

If you struggle to read the Bible today’s devotional offers a suggestion that just might help you out.

One way to read the Bible is to read it like a novel to see the larger picture of God’s story as opposed to studying specific passages, word origins, or prophecies from the Old Testament connected to the New. If you’re new to reading the Bible, starting with detailed strategies like that can get youa href=’http://www.faithgateway.com/bible-reading-jeff-spadafora/’ title=’Read more’ …/a

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A Deeper Knowledge of God

The state of crazy can become a permanent dwelling place instead of a temporary place we visit on occasion if we aren’t careful. Today’s devotional offers sound advice for getting free from and staying free from crazy.

Editor’s note: If your life feels like a hectic, noisy, runaway train, you’re in good company. Nicole Johnson (you may remember her from Women of Faith) shares her story of going from feeling overwhelmed and out of control to finding calm even in the middle of chaotic circumstances. We hope you enjoy this excerpt froma href=’http://www.faithgateway.com/deeper-knowledge-god/’ title=’Read more’ …/a

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The Perfect Beach Trip

Have you ever said that when X,Y,or Z happens, when all the planets align and everything is just right then I’ll… fill in the blank. Me, too. I think probably we all have. Today’s devotional gently nudges us forward to do that thing we’re still waiting to do; ready or not do it anyway.

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He who observes the wind will not sow, And he who regards the clouds will not reap.As you do not know what is the way of the wind,Or how the bones grow in the womb of her who is with child, So you do not know the works of God who makes everything. — Ecclesiastes 11:4-5

How many times have you had the “perfect” beach trip? (Hmmm… really, is there any other kind?)
 Well, there was that time it rained. Or the time you tried a new beach house and got lost for two hours trying to find it. Or the time your toddler got an ear infection the first full day you were there. Or the toilet in your rental didn’t work right. Or…

Okay, okay. So maybe at the point-by-point level, you’ve never had a perfect beach trip. So how did you deal with the bumps in the road? Did you manage to make readmore

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Sabbath: God’s Metronome

After years and years of piano lessons I can really relate to today’s devotional; I know all about metronomes. But, even if you’ve never taken music lessons, and may not even be that fond of music, the message in this piece will make you think about the concept of rest in a whole different way.

The Sabbath was made to meet the needs of people, and not people to meet the requirements of the Sabbath. — Mark 2:27 NLT

When I was around nine years old, my mother decided I should take piano lessons. It made sense because I loved music and had been singing solos in church since the age of four. But singing was something I did for fun, and tiresome lessons and hours of practice did not sound like fun. Nonetheless, I dutifully attended my piano lessons. Much to my surprise, I actually enjoyed it. I really liked my teacher and I loved being able to play and sing at the same time.

One of the things I did not like, however, was the metronome — the little device that marked time with military precision to make sure I played to the right rhythm. Each time I sat down to play a piece I had been practicing, my teacher started the metronome. I tried to play according to its measured timing, but I almost never read more

 

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