When it comes to trust, Clarke definitely has issues. He has the habit of “self-trust”. He surely has formed the habit through years of trusting people, getting hurt and then, finding out he couldn’t trust them anymore. So Clarke decided:
If I want something done, I’ve got to do it myself. If I don’t ask anybody for anything or open my heart to them, they can’t hurt me.
Hi there, it feels good to have you here again. From the preceding story, it’s clear that today’s post is about trust, but specifically, trust between a son and his Father.
Apparently, as believers, we are sons of God, ergo, the purpose of this post:
For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. [Galatians 3:26]
Because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” [Galatians 4:6]
Dear Purple Reader, it’s true that integrity and trust are important in any relationship, and Father and Son relationship is just one of them and that when fathering a son, only trust can inspire true intimacy. But one way or another, through life, most of us have faced disappointments, which have taught us that we can only depend upon ourselves when life throws those curve balls.
But the bible has principles for living. And for us to live the life God has called us to, we have to unlearn all of those lessons. Like it is in the bible, we are to rest in God’s understanding:
Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding [Proverbs 3:5]
You see, the Father is worthy of our trust. Unlike men, He never lies and never fails to fulfill His promises:
God is not a man, that He should lie, nor a son of man, that He should change His mind. Does He speak and then not act? Does He promise and not fulfill? [Numbers 23:19].
I have found out that, no matter the circumstances, God’s plans are perfect, holy, and righteous, and He works all things for good:
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. [Romans 8:28]
Cast your burden on the LORD, and He will sustain you: He will never suffer the righteous to be moved. [Psalms 55:22]
Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; Great is His faithfulness. [Lamentations 3:22-23]
But when trouble sets in and our hearts grow faint, we often forget the great love our Father in Heaven has towards us. We are consumed by our stress and our fears, and then, blame God for it. Come to think of it, as believers, we really have no other sensible alternative than to trust the Almighty God, as other alternative will just waver and fail, but God will never come short of His promises.
Behold in an epic slow motion a Father tosses His son high up into the air, only to safely catch him upon return! That’s God for you.
You need not doubt the goodness of God towards you. He didn’t promise a storm-free life, but He does promise to be the anchor in the storm so that you will not be overcome. Amen.
However, to trust God steadfastly, we need to build a certain level of intimacy with Him, we need to know Him and His Word. You know, it’s difficult to trust someone we don’t really know.
We need to get to a point where we can say, “God, I don’t want to live on my own. I want to trust You. When things don’t turn out right, I’ll trust You. Even when I don’t understand why, I’ll still trust You.”
Each situation don’t take God by surprise, because it caught you off guard, doesn’t mean that God was clueless, no, He wasn’t. God’s ways don’t always make sense to us, but trust me they’re all for our good.
Dear Purple Reader, detours may come in various shapes and sizes, in all, God will remain faithful!
That’s it on today’s post.
Drop a comment, tell us how this truth shapes you.
Until next time, keep sharing the love of Christ!
This post was written by: Gbemisola Isaacs (@GbemisolaIsaacs), founder of Dear Purple Woman.