Do You Trust Him?

Filed under Walk with God Your Heart on Jun 04 12 by
Note from Lauren: Brianna is a good friend of mine who is a beautiful yet humble woman of God. She recently shared this message at Rowan Christian Fellowship, and it was evident that she is close to God and knows Him well. She gave me permission to share this message with readers of The You Are Project. I hope her words impact you the way they impacted me.

We are all sent. Are you willing? Is He worth it? And do you trust Him?

God is good all the time

Is He? Is He really good, all of the time? Or is God good only when things go the way we want them. God is good when my family isn’t fighting. God is good when my brother isn’t using drugs. God is good when my boyfriend or girlfriend treats me the way I am supposed to be treated. God is good when I get the job I wanted. God is good when He follows my plans.

But what happens when your plans and God’s plans don’t align? Is God still good through car accidents? Is God still good through that breakup? Is God still good when you lose your job, or your parents separate, or your brother overdoses again? What changes? Are Gods promises any less real? Did we throw God a curve ball and He said, “WOAH, didn’t see that one coming?” But the answer to this question is less about him and all about you and your response, because God never changes.

Malachi 3:6 says, “I the Lord do not change”.

God’s power is infinite. Matthew 19:26 says, “Jesus looked at them and said, ‘With man this impossible, but with GOD all things are possible.’”

So the question is not about whether God is good, but do you trust Him?

An example of trust

In the Disney movie Aladdin, Aladdin asks the Princess Jasmine, “Want to go for a ride, get out of the palace, see the world?” And Jasmine responds, “I don’t know, is it safe?”. Aladdin says, “Sure, do trust me?” Princess Jasmine pauses, looks at him and says, “What”. And he gently repeats, extending out his hand and says, “Do you trust me?”

A promise for our trials

When we are going through difficult times, God’s glory is never in question. If we believe what we are preaching, then when we say “God is good”, that means He is good all the time, not just when it’s convenient for us. If we believe what we are preaching, then the Bible is the absolute truth. Everything. Every part it. Not the parts we like, or the parts that make us feel all warm and fuzzy on the inside, but the whole thing in its entirety.

The Bible says in Romans 8:28, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” All things, not just things that work with my plan. The Bible does not guarantee us a life of comfort. It does not say that by following it, your life will be sunshine and daisies and you will never feel pain again.

Do you know what the Bible says to do in regards to trials?

James 1:2, “Consider it pure JOY, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.”

1 Peter 4: 12-13, “Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you. But REJOICE that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be OVERJOYED when his glory is revealed.”

1 Peter 5:10, “And the God of ALL grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.”

If God never changes, and only our circumstances do—and God calls us to consider our trials pure joy, and the character of God is steadfast and never changing—then it’s on us. If God can make all things work together for our good, that means the good, the bad, and the ugly. It’s up to us to have faith.

And that’s the part of having faith that is so difficult. When put to the test-question from God, “Do you trust me?” is the answer yes?

Read the rest of Brianna’s message at her blog, A Penny for Her Thoughts.

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