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In God We Trust...Really?

We are told that we should trust God in our times of trouble, but can we really trust Him?

Sometimes I catch myself losing the faith. Although I say I trust God, when I am put to the test, my feelings seem to get the best of me. I remind myself of God’s faithfulness as well as His nature, but sometimes my feelings of doubt will rob me of my joy. Maybe this time He won’t pull us through, maybe this time will be the time when we’ll lose the roof over our heads. Maybe if I was more responsible with our money, we wouldn’t be in this mess. I know you’re there, God, but I can’t feel your presence this time. I just want to follow you and hear your voice. I am listening, but I am not hearing. What can I do? It seems that my only choice is to continue to praise you until I am able to hear you again. Then I’ll walk where you ask me to walk.

This morning I was on my way to to read my Bible and listen to God. Once again I wanted to search out the scriptures, find some direction and ask God what’s going on in my life. On my way there, I was praying for a friend of mine whose son has been in the hospital getting a brain tumor removed. I was thinking that I couldn’t possibly imagine what he and his wife are going through right now. Their beautiful boy could possibly die any second. How do you deal with that?

Yes they choose to trust God, but that doesn’t mean that God won’t take him.

Try to sleep at night with that in the forefront of your brain. I was thinking, how could I ever deal with that? How strong would my faith really be if I were going through what my friend is going through with his son?

As I was thinking and praying about this, I heard God say to me, “it’s not about you and your plans.”

It was at this point that I realized the source of all my stress…. things are not going according to MY plan. My plan is this: I really want to stay in this beautiful house you so graciously provided for us just months ago…I really would like to keep our wonderful vehicles….etc. I could go on and on about how things are not going according to plan…. My plan.

For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the LORD.
Isaiah 55:8

If I am really going to choose to trust in God, then I need to REALLY trust Him. To go where He leads only when I approve of the outcome or have a choice in the outcome, is not really trusting in Him.

Trusting God means that I am willing to go where He leads.

Trusting God means I will praise Him regardless of my circumstances.

Trusting God means I will keep my eyes fixed on Him daily.

Trusting God means I will stop asking Him “why?” and start asking Him “where?”

Trusting God is a daily choice to set my will and my expectations aside and choose to wholeheartedly follow His daily direction.

Today Lord I will choose to trust you, even when my feelings fail me. You are my only source of joy. Help me be a testimony to my wife and kids of your great faithfulness. Let me teach them by my example what it means to trust in you and to joyfully proclaim that our God is indeed a great God and worthy of our praise.

In God I will trust.

Your faithful servant,

Tom

Challenge:

My challenge for you today, is to make a decision whether you really trust God or not. If you trust Him, then you need to praise Him in your trials.

I might not know what your going through right now, but I do know that, in God you can trust.

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Dan Avery December 28, 2012 at 07:32 PM
maybe Happiness is reality...
Chris Quinn December 29, 2012 at 12:07 AM
Part 2: Atheists and Pagans like Hitler, Mao, Stalin and other atheistic regimes in the last Century alone are responsible for the murder and destruction of more people than all religions combined over the last thousand years. So who are the intellectually bankrupt and possess the most dangerous philosophies and worldviews? If Christians like Tom and me are brainwashed, delusional, irrational morons? Then we are in good company, wouldn't you agree?
Dan Avery December 29, 2012 at 01:45 AM
Actually, Hitler did not run an atheistic regime. Mao and Stalin were atheists, at least publicly, but not pagans. And it's arguable that they are responsible for more deaths than Christianity is. Especially if you count not speaking out as being complicit, which you should count for a Religious Leader like the Pope who remained oddly silent during Hitler's reign. And bear in mind, that Hitler didn't just kill 6 million Jews, he also killed 26 million Russians, and millions of Non-Jewish Poles, etc. You're trying very hard to argue that religious belief is a rational stance, but that is bending the word "rational" well beyond the breaking point of its definition. I personal don't know any serious religious leader, i.e., priest, rabbi, and so on who would claim that faith is rational. Quite the opposite in fact.
Chris Quinn December 29, 2012 at 04:17 AM
Your assertion that I’m arguing “religious belief” misrepresents my posts. I’m arguing for theism and for the existence of a self-existent, actually eternal transcendent being as logically necessary for anything to exist in a contingent causal universe as rational. I’m prepared to make this argument rationally, are you? Your post really doesn't say anything except that I’m stretching rationality, without making a case as to why.
Tom Sheltraw December 29, 2012 at 01:19 PM
Dan, Maybe happiness is a byproduct of truth discovered through revelation, yet grounded in the reality that has been created around us:-)

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