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A Matter of Trust

We live in a world of instant answers from Google, fast food and streaming videos. Just about everything is available within a click of a button. So, when things take time and are slow to being seen, we get antsy. We wonder if something is broken or if we aren’t being heard. We get impatient and wonder where our quick result is.

We in turn get aggravated at God when things don’t get answered when we want them to. We wonder if He hears us or even cares. I’ve been studying the life of Abraham with the youth group. I see this faithful man of God had his times of doubt as well. His faith wavered because his promise wasn’t filled by when he expected it to be. His wife Sarah didn’t see the promise come in enough time, so she decided to take matters into her own hands. She thought that she would solve the problem by finding someone else to carry the seed of blessing. But, it wasn’t intended for anyone else to carry it. It was intended for Sarah to carry it, but she didn’t believe that God was going to do what He promised. I see myself doing that a lot, I get very impatient with God and try to solve the problem myself. Boy, do I end up making a mess of things.

If only we would trust God and believe Him. It’s when Abraham and Sarah trusted God that He fulfilled His promise. It was when they least expected it. They were old and worn out, having a child late in life was simply laughable to them. I think God likes to reveal His promises in moments that seem ridiculous or miraculous. Why? Because it shows that it wasn’t anything we did and shows that it had to be God. It’s when we let loose of control and let God do things His way and in His time, that we see results. It’s when we trust Him to take care of things, that He shows up and does. It’s when we believe what He says is true and not doubt Him.

“And the scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness,” and he was called God’s friend. You see that a person is considered righteous by what they do and not by faith alone.” James 2:23-24 (NLV)

 
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Posted by on July 8, 2014 in Spiritual Reflections

 

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In the Good times and Bad

“When times are good, be happy; but when times are bad, consider: God has made the one as well as the other.  Therefore, a man cannot discover anything about his future.”  Ecclesiastes 7:14

When I read this chapter, this afternoon, this verse popped out the most to me.  The word that jumped out the most was “consider.”  To consider is to think about carefully.  When times are going smooth, we are happy.  We are enjoying the things we have, we aren’t worried, we are living it up, so to speak.  But when times are bad, we begin to think.  Our mood shifts, we feel unstable, we realize we aren’t in control of all aspects of our lives.  We consider what God is trying to teach us in the tough times.  We realize how weak we really are.  We realize how much we should depend on God and not circumstances or ourselves.  If we don’t consider, we usually make bad decisions and then in turn make the situation worse.

I’m the type of person who is always trying to look ahead.  I over plan things in my mind and then when unforeseen speed bumps or obstacles occur, I get frustrated.  I’m trying to control my future.  But the truth is, I can’t control anything.  Instead, I need to learn to consider why things happen.  I need to realize that God knows the future and it’s in His hands.  He has taken care of me in the past and he will take care of me in the now.  I just have to trust Him. 

 

 
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Posted by on March 18, 2014 in Spiritual Reflections

 

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That’s Not Your Seat

My grandfather used to have a tag on his car that said, “God is my co-pilot.”  I thought it was a cute saying.  Last night that phrase came to my mind and I started thinking that it’s not really that good of a thought.  I will admit that I am a control freak.  I do not like it when things don’t go as I had planned or something unexpected happens.  I know it’s not a good characteristic but some things are just to obvious to deny.  So, because I’m a control freak, I know that I often put God in the co-pilot seat.  I want to drive, I want to know where I’m going.  God can come along for the ride, He can be there if I get in a jam to help me out…..if I listen to Him.   The truth is God wants to be my pilot and your pilot.  Maybe He wants to take the scenic route, when I want to hurry and get to my destination. Maybe He is taking another route because He is all knowing and prevents me from getting hurt.  Maybe He wants someone else to ride along that I may not particularly want around.  He could even want to take me on a shortcut and I’m going the long way, because I am used to that way.  Whatever the case may be, I need to let God be in control instead of me. 

Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you,’ says the Lord, ‘plans for well-being and not for trouble, to give you a future and a hope. (NLV)

 
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Posted by on January 25, 2013 in Spiritual Reflections

 

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