Trust in Him at all times, you people ~ Psalm 62:8
Trusting God in good times is pretty easy. Trusting Him in short-lived, low stakes situations can be challenging, but not too difficult.
But trusting God in dire situations is a different story, because faith is often the first thing to go when we are afraid or discouraged. Have you heard it said that faith and fear are mutually exclusive? We need to be reminded to trust during those times too.
What if you’re in one of those seasons where trusting God is purely a choice, minute-by-minute? What if fear wants to reign because visibly everything looks hopeless? Choose to trust Him at all times.
How do you continue to trust Him when it looks like you waited for Him, and the bottom fell out?
Can He be trusted when it feels like He failed you, forgot you, or forsook you?
“Trust in Him at all times, you people”
Jeremiah knew the temptation to throw in the towel of trusting God. He had major moments of wondering if God is Who He says He is, and that He will do what He says He will do:
Why is my pain perpetual and my wound incurable, which refuses to healed?
Have you ever been in that place? God, WHEN will this trial end? Will this pain EVER stop?
Jeremiah 15:18 continues, Will You surely be to me like an unreliable stream, as waters that fail?
Is God reliable or not?
Proverbs 25:19 says, Trusting an unreliable person in a difficult time is like a rotten tooth, or a faltering foot.
It is soul-crushing to be dependent on someone who doesn’t come through in a desperate situation. If I’m honest, sometimes God seems to be that Person. But is He?
Numbers 23:19 tells us, God is not a man, that He should lie, nor a son of man, that He should repent; has He said, and will He not do it? Or has He spoken and will He not make it good?
God never lies. He never makes mistakes. He never has to say, “I REALLY blew it there. I should have come through for you, and I didn’t, I’m sorry.”
Never. Not because He is unable to say sorry, but because He is unable to be anything but faithful, true, just, loving, powerful, merciful, all-knowing, etc. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
His ways are not our ways, His thoughts are not our thoughts. His goals are so much higher than ours. He wants not just for me to survive my trials, but to learn to THRIVE in the face of them. Remember, the trials are not going to fully disappear until Heaven. We need to be equipped more than we need to be delivered.
It seems easy to trust when things are going well, but difficult to trust God when we can’t see what He’s doing. But the Bible tells us the very definition of faith is our trust in the reliability of God when there is NO visible proof of it being true.
Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen -Hebrews 11:1
Trust in Him at all times, you people.
This week I feel how I imagine Mary and Martha felt when they sent for Jesus to come heal their brother, Lazarus. Every fiber of their being was pinned on Jesus, that He would come through and heal their brother. But their hopes were crushed. Jesus didn’t come, and Lazarus died. Was Jesus unreliable?
It’s interesting that Jesus never apologized for being late, or not working according to their priorities. Jesus raised their brother from the dead, a more glorious outcome than anyone could have expected, but it still came through much heartache and pain.
How do we trust Him at all times? Is it a magical, spiritual gift? Sometimes God fills us with a gift of faith: an ability to trust Him beyond our circumstances. But much of the time, it is a choice.
We can choose to gather up all the loose thoughts and fend off the doubt instead of entertaining it. Think on those things that are true, noble, praiseworthy. Meditate — fill our minds with what is true about God. When we do this, we beat back the enemy’s attacks, and He keeps us in His perfect peace.
Choosing to intentionally fill our minds with God’s Word builds our trust in Him when we are faltering. The truth of who He is settles our minds and hearts, and increases our patience to wait for Him.
Therefore, do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise: for yet a little while, and He who is coming will come and will not tarry ~Hebrews 10:35-37
If you are struggling today with feeling like God is unreliable, trust Him at all times, you people!
He is faithful, the only reliable One.
Continue to cast your cares upon Him, and choose to flood your mind with the truth of who He is today. I am going to write several scriptures on note cards to keep at my desk, in my car, etc today to help keep my mind on Him. These are the days of “wait-training” that are strengthening our ability to trust Him.
What verses will you meditate on as you pray over your kids today?