In our current message series, Bare Necessities, we have been trying to get back to the basics of our lives in relationship with God, thereby dealing considerably with the burdens of life. Today will shall consider putting our “Trust completely in God.”
Trust isn’t an easy thing to come by, but it’s one of the most important parts of our relationship with God. When times are tough and things aren’t going our way, that’s when we find it the most difficult to trust God. We doubt that God is going to come through for us, we lack faith in His promises, and we worry ourselves with endless thoughts about our future. God wants us to trust Him when we are having doubts and are unsure about what to do. He wants us to believe in His promises.
The main reason we should trust God is that He is worthy of our trust. Unlike men, He never lies and never fails to fulfill His promises. “God is not 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; Psalm 89:34). Unlike men, He has the power to bring to pass what He plans to do. Isaiah 14:24 tells us that “[t]he Lord Almighty has sworn, surely as I have planned, so it will stand.” Furthermore, His plans are perfect, holy and righteous, and He works all things together for good for those who love Him and are called according to His holy purpose (Romans 8:28).
If we endeavor to know God through His word, we will see that He is worthy of our trust, and our trust in Him will grow daily. One of the most prominent themes of the scripture is to trust God, especially when it becomes difficult to do so. While we will experience unexpected hardships in our lives, it is crucial for our spiritual health that we continue trusting God, as the Bible encourages. Although not an easy feat, to trust in God could save you from an irredeemable decision you make in anger or sadness that could ruin your life. There are several passages in the Bible that encourage us to trust completely in God:
We can learn to trust God as we see how He has proven Himself to be trustworthy in our lives and the lives of others. In 1 Kings 8:56, we read, “Praise be to the Lord, who has given rest to his people Israel just as he promised. Not one word has failed of all the good promises he gave through His servant Moses.”
Let us go back to the basics in this period of Lent by trusting completely in GOD.
--Father Celestine Tyowua, Parochial Vicar
Father Roger Gustafson