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A matter of trust

Psalm 34:7-9 – “The angel of the LORD encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them. O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him. O fear the LORD, ye his saints: for there is no want to them that fear him.”

My son is learning to drive and I’m learning to teach him. When we first started, I wanted him to understand that this was as new to me as it was to him. I wanted him to understand that this was a learning curve for the both of us. He is doing really very well. I actually felt comfortable enough last night to unclasp my hands and take a drink of my hot tea. That, my friend, is progress!

You know, this whole thing is teaching me trust. I’m learning to trust my son to get us safely from point A to point B. 

As we go through life, we have many opportunities to learn to trust God. He allows situations and circumstances that require us to trust Him more and more. He wants to encamp around us and provide us with a level of comfort that cannot be surpassed. He wants to deliver us from those same situations and circumstances that bring us closer to Him. 

But we have to “taste” Him. We have to try Him. We have to prove Him. Not because He needs it, but because we need it. We need to know deep down in the very center of our soul that it is in Him alone that we need to trust. We need to know that He is faithful every single time. And the only way to have that confidence is by learning to trust Him. 

So pray for me as I learn to trust my son behind the wheel of my car. And pray for yourself that you will learn to trust Him more today than you did yesterday. 

Looking at the other side

Genesis 22:1-3 – “And it came to pass after these things, that God did tempt Abraham, and said unto him, Abraham: and he said, Behold, here I am. And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of. And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and saddled his ass, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son, and clave the wood for the burnt offering, and rose up, and went unto the place of which God had told him.”

So today, I want to look at who is not in these verses – Sarah. 

Sarah was a beautiful woman but she could be a handful at times, especially when it came to Isaac. She was a momma bear when it came to him. But she was beautiful and Abraham loved her dearly. 

Let me just set up for you something that has been going on in my head in regards to this portion of history – Abraham has told Sarah that he and Isaac have to go make a sacrifice to God. They are going to go to the place He tells them to go to complete the sacrifice. Now, to some that would be strange, but to Sarah, well, she has heard that before and it all turned out okay. So Isaac and Abraham take off for a journey. The shepherds are whispering around two days after they leave. Sarah notices this. She asks them what they are being so secretive about – they tell her Abraham and Isaac did not take a lamb for the sacrifice. 

Now, think for a minute about all the scenarios that are going through your head right now. How would you feel? Would you think that your husband has just ran off with your son? I mean, he did just get rid of Ishmael and his mother. But when he left, he left behind many items that if he had been leaving for good, he would have taken.  No, he only took the things they would need for a sacrifice. And Abraham is not easily swayed to run after pagan gods. So, what would he sacrifice? He was looking at Isaac in a strange way….no, he wouldn’t. He couldn’t. Would he?

It took three days for Abraham and Isaac to get where they were going. So it stands to reason that it would take that long to get back home. Six days – it was at least that long that Sarah waited without knowing if her son was still alive or not. Can you imagine what was going through her head? Can you imagine how she prayed and begged and pleaded to God? She had waited her whole, long life for that child. 

What I want to think about here is trust. Sarah trusted Abraham with her son. Abraham trusted that God would provide and fulfill His promise to him. Sarah learned that she had to trust God as well. 

There are so many times in our life that we have no clue what’s going on. Things are as clear as mud. These are the times that God uses to teach us to trust Him. Trusting means that you don’t need to know all the details or be privy to what all is going on – you just know that somehow, someway it will all happen and  work out. 

And that’s ok. You don’t need to know everything, you just need to trust the One that has everything under control. 

Through His eyes

Ezekiel 14:23 – “And they shall comfort you, when ye see their ways and their doings: and ye shall know that I have not done without cause all that I have done in it, saith the Lord GOD.”

At some point or another, we have all wished to see things through someone else’s eyes. We were watching a movie the other day where adults were able to see what this child was seeing to try and discern what he was thinking. Scary concept, great idea. But we can’t see or know what someone else is seeing and thinking. 

But God can. He knows what is going on in that brain of yours right now. He knows what you are seeing. He knows what you are feeling. He knows why you are feeling the way you do and why you are thinking the things you are thinking. It’s not an invasion of privacy, but rather it is the privilege of the Creator. And it’s helpful to boot! 

Because He sees and knows all that we think and do, He doesn’t act randomly in our life. Everything has purpose and meaning. God calls us to do certain things in our life for a reason. We may never know it, but He does. 

It’s VBS time and I have been reading our lessons. There are some really good lessons this year! 

One line that I read in relation to this verse was this – “God always calls is to do what we would want to do if we could see what God sees.” You have to read that line a few times to get it to sink in – it’s deep, but man, is it good! 

We can’t see what God sees. We just have to trust Him and trust what He says through His word. We have to trust that He has a plan and we are blessed enough to be involved. That, my friend, is the basis of courage. You can’t have it without knowing that there is plan even if you don’t know it. 

We are afraid of the unknown. But we can face the unknown if we know that Someone can see it and He has a plan for it. There is comfort in knowing that God sees all. There is courage in knowing that He has a plan. There are blessings in accepting that He has chosen to involve us in it. 

So even though we will never be able to see things through God’s eyes, we can have confidence that because He sees through our eyes, He knows exactly what we need and when we need it. And we know that He has a plan. We just need to pray for the courage to play it out. 

One of my favoritesĀ 

Proverbs 3:5,6 – “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”

These verses are some of my most favorite verses in the Bible. 

It takes time to learn and remember to put these verses into practice. But when you do, it makes your heart sing and your soul rejoice. 

Now, I’m not proficient by any stretch of the means. I just want to do my best for Him. Sometimes I mess up. Sometimes pride gets in the way. But sometimes I do things right. 

My job situation is about to change. With the loving nudging of my husband, I reached out to several places only to find them not returning my calls or emails. It was frustrating. But deep down, I knew that God had something for me that perfectly fit the bill. I just had to wait. I trusted Him to open the door. I just prayed I had the brains not to beat the door down but rather to walk through the open ones. 

So now here I am on the other side praising God for being faithful. He opened the door to a place that is a great fit for me and my family. He nudged my husband to nudge me to look in the right place. He is the one who provided the position. He is the one that told me to take the offer. It was all Him. And I praise Him for His work in my life. 

I don’t always get it right. In fact, I rarely do. But I know that my God ALWAYS gets it right. And I’m so grateful that He cares enough for me to include me in His plans. 

Jesus, my friend

Proverbs 18:24 – “A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.”

We had a really great lesson in Sunday school yesterday. It was about friendship. We talked about the importance of friends and how much time we spend developing those relationships. 

During the lesson, I felt the need to examine a typical young teen day. We determined how many hours they were awake, how many hours they were in school and so on and so on until all the waking hours were filled up. We focused, primarily, on how many hours they spent developing their friendships with their peers. When the hours were all used up, I asked, “Okay, so when do you develop your friendship with Jesus?”

We then began a discussion into the fact that we all know someone famous, like Justin Beber. Now, we know what he looks like, what he likes and so on and so on. So I asked, “Does knowing everything about him mean that he is your friend?” Of course, they all said “no”. So then I asked, “You know who Jesus is. You know a lot about Him. You even believe He is who He says He is. Does that make Him your friend?” They all just sat there. I just sat there. It stunned us all. 

What I’m trying to get at here is this – you can know all about Jesus. You can believe Him with all your heart. And that is exactly what you should do – it’s what is needed as the FIRST step. But what about after that? Are you going to let Him be just your Savior? If so, that’s all well and good but you will be missing out on something amazing. 

Jesus wants to be that One who “sticketh closer than a brother.” But just like when you are developing a new relationship you have to take time and effort into making it work, you have to take time and put forth some effort into making Jesus your friend. You have to be willing to let Him talk sometimes. You have to be willing to listen when He speaks. You have to learn to really trust Him. You have to allow Him to be IN your day. He’s always with you, but you must invite Him to participate. 

I want Jesus to be my friend. It is a relationship that I believe you work on your entire life once you get going. It is a beautiful relationship that has its ups and downs. But one thing I know for sure, I can trust Him implicitly. I trust Him to be with me always. I trust Him to always guide me in truth. I trust that His leadership will never harm me. I trust that no matter how bad I hurt Him, He will never leave me nor forsake me. 

Friends are very important in our life. Don’t neglect the friends you have here on this earth. But more importantly, don’t neglect the Friend that you have in Jesus Christ. 

How to fight the good fight

2 Samuel 10:12 – “Be of good courage, and let us play the men for our people, and for the cities of our God: and the LORD do that which seemeth him good.”

Every day is a battle. Some are more ferocious than others but they are battles nonetheless. We face a variety of choices and challenges every time we wake up.  Will I be lazy or productive today? Will I go back to what I’ve always done or will I try something new? Will I listen to the leadership of the Holy Spirit or strike out on my own?

Let me give you another rendition of this verse (Melissa-ology): “Don’t be afraid. Fight bravely. Make good choices. Trust God for the outcome.”

Sometimes in our battles we get confused. Some think that we should sit and wait for God to take care of things. And some think that if it wasn’t for their smarts and cleverness that nothing would get done. But you see, it is a delicate balance of both that is necessary. We need to trust God for the outcome while using the brains and muscle He gave us. Utilizing our resources to obey God is paramount. We can’t just sit back and wait all the time. Sometimes the battle requires action and thought. Like I said, it’s a delicate balance that requires prayer and leadership from the Holy Spirit. 

So how does this apply to my every day, ho-hum life? You are going to be faced with something crazy today, guaranteed. How about we all try this together? Let’s turn the crazy, mixed up problem over to God, first and foremost, and then let’s do our best. Let’s ask God to show us how to utilize our resources that He has given us to do the best we can in this situation. And then, make SOMETHING happen. Make ANYTHING happen. Don’t just sit there like a bump on a log and wait for someone else to notice the battle. 

You see, battles and challenges of life need to be recognized, turned over to the proper Authority and then dealt with in the best possible way as directed by the so mentioned Authority. Don’t be complacent. Don’t be lazy. Don’t be wishy-washy. Be a solider for Christ. Be different. Be the person that gets it done according to His leadership and guidance. Fight the good fight. 

Know-so Hope

Romans 5:1-5 – “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope: And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.”

Several Sundays ago, my pastor said something about a “know-so” hope versus a “hope-so” hope. That stuck with me and I was thinking about it this morning. 

Let me give you this Webster’s 1828 definition of hope: “A desire of some good, accompanied with at least a slight expectation of obtaining it, or a belief that it is obtainable. Hope differs from wish and desire in this, that it implies some expectation of obtaining the good desired, or the possibility of possessing it. Hope therefore always gives pleasure or joy; whereas wish and desire may produce or be accompanied with pain and anxiety.”

Hope is something we all want and desire. It is needed, at times, to keep going. We get bogged down in problems and situations that we oftentimes forget about hope until we hit rock bottom. It takes discipline to keep hope at the forefront of our thoughts. We can’t see the forest for the trees, so to speak. 

But when my pastor mentioned this concept several weeks ago – 2 kinds of hope – I was taken aback. I had never really thought of this. It is true though. There are two kinds of hope. 

A “hope-so” hope is like a bucket with a hole it. You don’t know if you will be able to transport the water to where you want to go before the bucket empties. You are flying by the seat of your pants, no real direction and no certainty that you will get there. 

A “know-so” hope is like the hope mentioned in the verses today – hope from experience. You have been down this road, in some form or another, and you know what will happen. And even if this is a totally new situation, you still know how it will end because you have tested and tried the Leader before and He has never failed you. 

A “hope-so” hope doesn’t give God room to do His thing. A “know-so” hope opens the door wide for God to get in and lead. 

What kind of hope are you practicing today? šŸŽ¶”Trust and obey. For there’s no other way to be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.”šŸŽ¶ Even though hope is not mentioned in this song, it’s undertones are there. Hope comes from trusting and obeying Jesus.