On Trusting God

         I once attended two funerals within two weeks. In both cases, one of the messages of the eulogy was that the deceased knew the Lord and were indeed still alive, in fact, very much more alive than they had ever been here on earth. Those men are living in Heaven and will do so forever. They had trusted in Christ and that trust has now paid off.

         Do we really trust God and what does that mean? Unfortunately, our human nature and our staunch enemy (Satan) team up to challenge our trust in God on a daily basis. The Bible tells us over and over again that we can find ourselves wrongly putting our trust in:

  • Our own riches – see I Timothy 6:17-19
  • Our ability to protect ourselves – see Psalm 44:5-6
  • Our ability to oppress others and take from them to increase our bank accounts – see Psalm 62:10
  • The lying words of those pretending to be from God – see Jeremiah 7:4-7
  • Neighbors and brothers who are deceivers and slanderers of our faith – Jeremiah 9:4 and Jeremiah 12:6
  • Our friends, children, and other family members over the words of God – Micah 7:5-7
  • Our own understanding – see Proverbs 3:5

        However, the benefits of putting our trust in God abound.

  • We’ll have a place to live and food to eat. “Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed” Psalm 37:3 (KJV).
  • God will cause to happen whatever it is we need. “Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass” Psalm 37:5.
  • God gives us peace of mind and heart; even as we watch others seemingly prosper by doing wrong. “Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass” Psalm 37:7. And “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee” Isaiah 26:3.
  • We have a place to go – a refuge – when we need to pour out our hearts. “Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us. Selah” Psalm 62:8.
  • We have help and protection. “Ye that fear the LORD, trust in the LORD: he is their help and their shield” Psalm 115:11.
  • We’ll have strength to stand in the face of any trial or opposition. “They that trust in the LORD shall be asmountZion, which cannot be removed, but abideth for ever” Psalm 125:1.
  • God gives us not only strength when we’re afraid, but a song and the reminder that He is our salvation, the source of our rescue. “Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the LORD JEHOVAH is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation” Isaiah 12:2.
  • We are blessed when our trust and hope is in God. “Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is” Jeremiah 17:7.
  • We are the praise of His glory. “That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ” Ephesians 1:12.

          We don’t know when our appointed time to die will come. One of the gentlemen I spoke of earlier who passed away was an older man who had been very sick and in the hospital for a long time. We had time to get ourselves prepared for the probable news of his death. The other man was singing in the choir on Sunday and didn’t wake from his sleep on Monday. If we want to know for sure that we’ll be in Heaven when the time comes for us to die, we need to be living now like we really trust the God of Heaven. They did; let’s do the same.

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©2011 Sharon Norris Elliott. Feel free to forward this devotion in its entirety, including this copyright line. Leave comments, ask questions, read past devotions, or subscribe to receive these devotions daily in your e-mail at www.sanewriter.wordpress.com. Also, periodically check in at www.LifeThatMatters.net to see what’s going on in the ministry.

 And pick up a copy of Sharon’s new book, Power Suit: The Armor of God Fit for the Feminine Frame, available at Christian bookstores, online, from New Hope Publishers, and from the Life That Matters Ministries’ website.

~ by sanewriter on December 6, 2011.

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