Friday, August 31, 2012

Trusting God to Be Enough

Trusting God to Be Enough
Psalms 147:3
He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds.

 Psalm 119:50.
This is my comfort in my affliction, for Your Word has quickened me.

Psalms 73:28
But it is good for me to draw near to God: I have put my trust in the Lord GOD, that I may declare all thy works. 

There are times in our lives when our hearts are so broken we don’t know what to do. We are trying to trust God but it’s difficult and circumstances are not going well. We begin to fall into the pit of despair and can’t seem to find our way up.  In the pit, we let our imagination run away with us and in the darkness of pain, we begin to imagine that God is not there. 

When we begin to assume, presume, suppose, dream up, think up, or conjure up in our minds, that God is not all that He says that He is or that He will not do what He has promised, we, at that point, we are listening to worldly wisdom and human ingenuity that is altogether powerless to free our minds from the forces of darkness ( the pit) and bring us to maturity in Christ. Speculations, thoughts, ideas and reasonings along with false religions, barricade men and women against the knowledge of a Holy God and the truth of the gospel to make them genuinely free.

Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; (2 Corinthians 10:5).

Can a person really trust God? Is He dependable, constant, and faithful? Does His unfailing love actually surround a person who trusts in Him? Psalms 32:10 ~ Many sorrows shall be to the wicked: but he that trusteth in the LORD, mercy shall compass him about. It is not easy to trust God especially in times of pain and adversity. Nobody enjoys suffering and when it comes we want to be relieved as quickly as possible. Listen, as Jeremiah, known as the Weeping Prophet, reveals his heart: This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope. It is of the LORD'S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. The LORD is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him. The LORD is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him (Lamentations 3:20-25).

Do you have this kind of a relationship with God that exhibits confidence in His care for you? Or, in your intense sorrow, have you been blinded by pain and see no evidence of God, His presence, or His power? Is God and His Word enough in your burden of affliction to restore your trust in Him or has your imagination taken you to the pothole of distrust, skepticism and doubt?

~The One who is our Healer never changes~

Christ is the eternal Son of God, and He is in His divine attributes ‘the same yesterday and today and forever’ (Hebrews 13:8). If therefore He loved in the days of His flesh, He loves now; if He cared then, He cares now; if He healed then, He heals now. It does not necessarily follow that He will do now all that He did then, or that He will do what He does now in the same way as He did then, for His purposes in some things are different at present from what were in the past. Nevertheless, Christ is changeless in character, and we may be sure that He is infinitely interested in us and concerned about us. (Quote by Henry Frost)

As bleak as life may seem right now, God’s lovingkindness is always present and His incredible faithfulness endures throughout the ages. May we never forget that in God’s great love for us––– this love also encompasses His grace, mercy, goodness, forgiveness, truth, compassion and faithfulness which is His wondrous character. When we doubt if we can trust God, we in essence, question His character. My dear hurting friend, trust that God is enough and know His character never changes!

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