I could hear her tears as she told me her frustrations and fears. I held the phone close to my ear straining to hear every word, and I silently prayed to God to grant me the right answer to her questions.
I wanted to fix it. That’s what we do, isn’t it? We want to fix the problems. But sometimes the fix is out of our reach.
I prayed before I called. We had set this call up in advance because of our busy schedules; she had also sent me an e-mail before hand preparing me. I knew before I made the call I did not have answers. But I took a deep breath, asked for God’s empowering grace and wisdom and dialed her number.
As we talked about the issues she faced, she confessed, “I haven’t told you this, but I’m mad at God. I feel like He promised something and then took it away. It seems He wants me to be lonely and miserable all my life.”
And there it was! There was the root to her fears and struggle. She was mad at God. She didn’t trust Him.
I almost said, “Hallelujah!” Not because she didn’t trust Him, but because now we could get to the soul healing.
“I’ve been there,” I replied. “I remember the day I didn’t get a job I desperately wanted and thought I needed. I felt like God wanted me to be miserable. I did not trust He had a better plan for me. Years later I saw that better plan.”
I also told her about the time I was so angry with God I couldn’t pray or listen to worship music. That time I felt He had gone back on His word. What I felt had been promised ended in loss.
“How are you so secure in His love?” she asked. “What book have you read or scripture? What’s helped you?”
I tried to think of a book or something, but no book has helped me. What’s helped me is just living, experiencing His faithfulness time and time again. I’ve found that it’s a choice. On the day He healed me of my anger, I had raised my arms to Him and worshiped–surrendered to the pain, surrendered to trust His goodness even when I couldn’t see good in the circumstances.
It’s a four letter word for some people.
Depending on our experiences, we either easily trust people, and thus it’s easier to trust God because it’s our personality, or we don’t trust people at all, and therefore, it’s hard for us to trust God. If we’ve been hurt by people it’s harder to trust God, especially if those people were our parents.
It all depends on our heart filters.
Last week as we studied how to live as children of light, we learned that we must live by faith, not in the futility of our thinking (Ephesians 4:17).
In the New Testament, many of the verses translated with the word “faith” or “believe” come from a Greek word, Pistis, which means . . . you got it . . . trust. Every time you read the words “faith” or “believe”, switch it out for the word” trust.” It makes a huge difference in the meaning of the verses. Here’s an example:
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His one and only son, so that whoever believes (trust) in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life” (John 3:16).
It’s one thing to believe in Christ, but it’s another to trust Who He was and why He died, and what He’s done for us. Trusting takes our faith from our heads to our hearts.
The enemy works very hard to make us doubt the Lord’s goodness and love for us. When we feel those thoughts coming, we must take them captive and claim the scriptures we are studying this week.
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Jot these down in your journal or take a screen shot. Or print of the printable with the scriptures and extra prompts and questions. Get cozy. Get ready to study with the One who loves you more than you can imagine. The One you can trust.
Joshua 1:9: Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
Romans 15:13: May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Psalm 13:5: But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation.
Psalm 20:1: May the Lord answer you when you are in distress; may the name of the God of Jacob protect you.
Proverbs 3:5,6: Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight
John 14:1: Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God[a]; believe also in me.
Psalm 19:10: The fear of the Lord is pure, enduring forever. The decrees of the Lord are firm, and all of them are righteous. They are more precious than gold, than much pure gold; they are sweeter than honey, than honey from the honeycomb.
It’s a prayer away
Pray to trust Him. It will be one of the best prayers you ever pray.