I have been really challenged by God over this Christmas holiday season to really trust Him. To trust Him to believe that He is who He says He is.
When I read about trusting in God, I realise that my understanding of “trust” has been developed as a result of my past human relationships where people have promised me one thing and then behaved in the opposite manner of that promise. Unconsciously, I have placed that understanding on God and expect Him to be capricious and unpredictable and to be unfaithful in what He has promised.
So I read these words and meditate on them:
Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take. (Prov. 3:5-6)
I’m to TRUST God no matter what. No matter what I’m seeing with my eyes or hearing with my ears, I’m to trust God. I’m not to trust my own thoughts and reasoning but I’m to think only of what God has promised.
So what God has promised is all wrapped up in His titles throughout the Old Testament. We read that He is called the Lord who provides (Yahweh Jireh) so if I am in financial straits I can call on Him to provide. Even though my financial future may look bleak I continue to believe, against all that we see or hear, that He will provide.
I read that He is called the Lord our righteousness (Yahwek Tzidkenu) and no matter how I fail or fall short of His divine standards, I know that when I call on Him, HIS righteousness covers me and makes me pure and blameless.
In particular, for me watching those I love suffering with incurable diseases, I remember His promise: I am the Lord who heals you (Yahweh Ropheka).
He said, “If you will listen carefully to the voice of the Lord your God and do what is right in his sight, obeying his commands and keeping all his decrees, then I will not make you suffer any of the diseases I sent on the Egyptians; for I am the Lord who heals you.” (Ex. 15:26).
So I don’t listen to the doctor’s prognosis. I don’t believe what I’m seeing with my eyes. Instead I look to Jesus and His promise to heal.
In short, I look at the PROMISE and not the PROBLEM and God, who I unwaveringly trust in, will be He who He has promised to be.
Praise, my soul, the King of heaven;
to his feet your tribute bring.
Ransomed, healed, restored, forgiven,
evermore his praises sing.
Praise the everlasting King!
All quotes are from the NLT.