I Trust You, God - Part 2
Tuesday, May 16 2017
This reflection is Part 2 of I TRUST YOU, GOD. If you haven’t done so yet, do read Part 1 first – Part 2 simply won’t make much sense without Part 1 to ground it.
Having done so, I now ask you: have you made the decision, as I have, to form this new habit of choosing to trust God no matter what situations might arise in your life from this day forward? I do believe that then our adverse circumstances can and will be transformed into great opportunities for God to reveal His glory and power and love in our lives.
Are you knowing God’s presence and provision in your life these days? Then, say and believe: “I trust You, God.” – Or are you feeling alone and abandoned, struggling to make all ends meet? Then too, say and believe: “I trust You, God.” Because He has promised to never leave nor forsake you, and He has promised that you will always have what you need in this life.
Are you living in the fullness of health and well-being at the moment? Then, say and believe: “I trust You, God.” – Or are you fighting a temporary or fatal illness? Then too, say and believe: “I trust You, God.” Because He has promised to either restore you to complete health, or to sustain and strengthen you in your sickness.
Are you enjoying the blessing and happiness of family and friends around you right now? Then, say and believe: “I trust You, God.” – Or are you drowning in the depths of despair and grief? Then too, say and believe: “I trust You, God.” Because He has promised that even though you will have to walk through the valley of the shadow of death at times, the presence and the care of His rod and staff will comfort you.
Dear friend: this new habit is by no means easy to form. Difficult circumstances in our lives always catch us by surprise, throw us off balance, and leave us whirling around in confusion and doubt and fear. But if we strive every day to know more intimately the One whom we are encouraged to trust, and when we discover how completely trustworthy He is – then this habit will eventually come simply and naturally to us.
Even though all around me seems to be crumbling and falling apart, I will have learned to believe and say: “How can I not trust the One of whom it is written: ‘You are my hiding place and my shield; I hope in your word … Uphold me according to your promise, that I may live, and let me not be put to shame in my hope!’? (Psalm 119:114,116)
Even though anxiety and fear want to overwhelm me to the point of losing all strength and hope, I will have learned to believe and say: “How can I not trust the One who has said to me: ‘Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.’? (Philippians 4:6-7)
Even though my heart is bowed low and crushed with pain and sadness, I will have learned to believe and say: “How can I not trust the One who has said to me: ‘The eyes of the LORD are on the righteous, and his ears are attentive to their cry … The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles. The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.’? (Psalm 34:15,17-18)
“I TRUST YOU, GOD.” No matter what life brings your way, no matter what happens or does not happen, remember and believe that He is everlastingly good and loving, that He is eternally faithful and trustworthy.
At all times, in all places, in all things, learn to say: “I TRUST YOU, GOD.”
“I will wait for the Lord … I will put my trust in him.”
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