I Trust You, God - Part 1
Tuesday, May 9 2017
OK, I’ll admit it.
It’s a long and somewhat weighty reflection. But then, learning to trust God is a long and weighty task. Because first, we need to truly and deeply get to know the God whom we are being encouraged to trust. And then, we need to actually do the challenging work of trusting Him, of placing our faith and confidence in Him. At all times. In all circumstances. In all ways.
Today, I encourage you to read this first half of I TRUST YOU, GOD – where we will consider some of the many different qualities of God that make Him trustworthy. As you read, spend time looking up the Bible references, meditate on them and then pray them through for your own life.
In a few days, I will post the second half of the I TRUST YOU, GOD reflection here in Reflections For Living – the more personal and practical half, questions and challenges to encourage you to begin to do the actual task of trusting.
So now … I have a question for you: what are some of your habits? They may be good – they may be not-so-good. I, for one, have both in my life. Some of my habits are beneficial and a blessing for me and for others: I try to have a time of quiet reflection and prayer in God’s presence every morning; and I like to have my home and my life clean and organized. On the other hand, other habits of mine are just the opposite, a frustration and an obstacle for everyone: I just cannot seem to get myself to be firmly disciplined with daily exercise; and I tend to be an accumulator, so I have too much “stuff” lying around in my office. I try to keep my good habits going, and I try (well, on and off) to change my not-so-good habits – but it often (usually) is an uphill struggle.
So, not wanting to add yet another burden and more pressure to my life and yours, but wanting to suggest something that would surely transform them for good, I ask another question: why don’t you and I try to form a new habit? Whatever circumstance we might find ourselves in, in our eyes either good or bad, let’s learn to say and believe: “I TRUST YOU, GOD.”
After all, how can we not trust Him?
He is the eternal God, the One who has always been, who is, and who always will be. His name is “I AM WHO I AM”. (Revelation 1:8; Exodus 3:14)
He is the Sovereign Lord over the entire universe. He created all things, in heaven and on earth and under the earth – and so, everything belongs to Him; He is the absolute and supreme ruler, and He is in total control of all things. (1 Chronicles 29:11-12; Psalm 115:3)
He is the Omniscient One, the One who knows all things. Nothing is beyond His keen awareness or His full knowledge. Every single star in the night-sky is named by Him – and He also has all the hairs on our heads numbered. (Isaiah 40:28; Psalm 139:1-6; Psalm 147:4; Matthew 10:30)
He is the Almighty, the all-powerful One. Nothing is either too difficult or impossible for Him. (Job 26:14; Jeremiah 32:27; Luke 1:37)
He is the God of eternal love for all His children, a love so long and so wide, so high and so deep that it goes beyond our mere human understanding. (Jeremiah 31:3; Ephesians 3:18-19)
He is the God of unending mercy and unfailing compassion, a mercy that is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear Him, a gracious compassion that He longs to pour upon us. (Psalm 103:8,17; Isaiah 30:18; Lamentations 3:22)
He is the God of all grace, an unmerited favor that He freely gives to all who ask Him, a grace that perfects, establishes and strengthens. (2 Corinthians 9:8; 1 Peter 5:10)
GOD: eternal – unchanging – sovereign – all-knowing – all-powerful – all-loving – unendingly merciful – unfailingly compassionate – forever abounding in grace.
Someone, “some One”, who surely is worthy of all our trust and confidence and faith.
So dear friend: if you and I make the decision to form this new habit, if we choose to trust God no matter what situations might arise in our lives from this day forward – then without a doubt our adverse circumstances can and will be transformed into great opportunities for God to reveal His glory and power and love in our lives.
- Conrad Grebel: The Radical Reformer (c.1498-1526)
- Heinrich Bullinger: The Majestic Beard of Zurich (1504-1575)
- Hellen Stirke: The Ordinary Virgin Mary (died 1543)
- Hans Gooseflesh: The Accidental Reformer (c.1400-1468)
- Ulrich Zwingli: The Swiss Giant (1484-1531)
- Hugh Latimer and Nicholas Ridley: The British Candle (martyred in 1555)
- Guillaume Farel: The French Firebrand (1489-1565)
- Thomas Cranmer: The Gospel Lobbyist (1489-1556)
- Johannes Oecolampadius: The Monasterys Lost Houselamp (1482-1531)
- Marie Dentiere: The First Lady in France (c.1495-1561)
- Martin Bucer: The Protestant Melting Pot (1491-1551)
- William Tyndale: The Underground Translator (c.1494-1536)
- Thomas Becon: The Monday Morning Protestant (c.1512-1567)
- Peter Martyr Vermigli: The Phoenix of Florence (1499-1562)
- Menno Simons: The Fearless Pacifist (1496-1561)
- Wolfgang Capito: The Protestant Peacemaker (c.1478-1541)
- Wibrandis Rosenblatt: The Bride of the Reformation (1504-1564)
- Philip Melanchthon: The Gentle Lutheran (1497-1560)
- Girolamo Savonarola: The Florentine Forerunner (1452-1498)
- Jan Hus: The Goosefather (1369-1415)