God Can Be Trusted
By Erin Lamb
The Message (MSG)
30-33 “If God gives such attention to the appearance of wildflowers—most of which are never even seen—don’t you think he’ll attend to you, take pride in you, do his best for you? What I’m trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with getting, so you can respond to God’s giving. People who don’t know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works. Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met.”
These verses were my meditation last week and I was brought back to them today. I think worry is just one of the things that saps the joy right out of us. In the morning I listen to the birds sometimes. They are carefree. They are singing God a love song. They are not worried about anything. So much of my life has been plagued with the what if’s. What if this happens or that happens? What if something else goes wrong? The “What if’s” take us back to a place of doubting God’s goodness. God is good. Everything He does is for our good. Even the bad things that happen in life, He will use for our good if we let Him. God wants us to ask and trust. Here are some reflections on His answers and what causes us to doubt His goodness.
I have learned that anything God says no to in my life is because it would either draw me away from Him, it would destroy me, it was not the right timing, it was not good for me or another person, or He had a better plan. He is the perfect parent and withholds nothing good from us. That’s hard to believe when bad things happen or a prayer isn’t answered the way we would like, but His plan is always good. That’s where faith comes in. I am thankful for the no’s, maybe not at the time, but when we pray His will be done, we can trust He will do what is best.
The Not Yet:
Sometimes we worry because of what we are waiting for. Will God forget me? Maybe He has favorites, and He is good to one person, but that isn’t for me. Very untrue. What God does for one person, He is more than willing to do for another. He says to ask, seek, and knock. In the process if we are seeking His perfect will, we must trust His perfect timing. I am not the world’s most patient person; I admit it. I also ask God for things that I don’t need nor am I prepared for. For example, for a year I was asking God for a horse, specifically a pony. Why? Just for fun and I like horses. God’s response, “Do you need a horse? Where would you put a horse?” Way to go God being all logical and practical. ☺ That didn’t stop me from asking. Well, eventually after numerous conversations with Him I said, “Fine if I can’t have a real horse, I will take a fake one.” Basically the entire exercise was me asking God for something I felt was outside the realm of what He would give me. Well, finally my horse arrived. Yes, it’s plastic and blue with pink hair, but God gave me what I asked for.
So, whatever you are asking God for He hears you. He longs to give you good things. You may not be ready for it, it may still be in the making, but don’t give up!!!
The Storms of Life:
Life presents challenges. It’s the beauty of living on this side of heaven. There will be trials. Bad things will happen. There will be conflict. In the middle of storms it’s difficult to see Jesus. It is difficult to remember that even the winds and the waves must obey Him. It is in those moments that the flesh (our human nature) jumps in with questions. Sometimes God allows the storms to show us where our security lies. Is it in Him? The all sufficient God. Or is it rooted in our abilities, assets, what we know, who we know, our families or friends, our bank account? The truth is,
He is the only sure foundation. And also calm seas don’t make skillful sailors. We learn in the storms. The shakings in life shows us what is in us, what we rely on, and what our trust is in. The storms reveal the impurities in our hearts and souls, and exposes whether our foundation is solid. God comes in during those times to strengthen our foundation, if we let Him.
So my beautiful friends, Don’t worry, Be HAPPY! I am saying the same thing to myself in the mornings, “God is with me. God is for me. God has great, no amazing plans for my life. God will use the bad to create something good. God can be trusted with everything. The gifts God has for me, have my name on them. God loves me more than I could ever love myself and more than any person ever could. God never fails.”
“Abba, thank you for Your love, Your provision, Your presence, Your word, and Your friendship. Pour out Your love on us until we are saturated to overflow. May we cast all our cares on You because you care for us. Not only do You care for us, You love us with an everlasting love. Help us to rest in Your love. Help us to seek Your face knowing You will withhold nothing good from us. Thank You for the gift of Jesus and Your Holy Spirit. Bless us. Keep us. Shine Your face brightly on us. In Jesus’ most powerful name, Amen.”
P.S the best is yet to come…. 🙂
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