Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Trusting God

For the eyes of the LORD move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His.  2 Chronicles 16:9a
Ahab found himself in a lot of trouble by trusting in the wrong things and the wrong people. If we aren’t careful, we can end up placing our trust in the wrong things too.  Sometimes trusting in God means we have to wait, but Satan is ready and waiting to give you just what you want without any waiting, which is way more appealing to us humans.
We all have desires and wants and when we find a substitute for God that gives us exactly what we want, when we want it, we tend to follow that lead.  In Romans 3:23 the Bible says: “All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” Our human desires are usually all wrong. Our morality is riddled with impurity. And if we base what we TRUST on those warped impurities, then we are going to embrace whatever gods allow us to do what we want to do. When I stop trusting in the God I’ll believe in anything and eventually that will lead me to destruction.
G.K. Chesterton once said “It is often supposed that when people stop believing in God, they believe in nothing. Alas, it is worse than that. When they stop believing in God, they believe in anything.”
Ahab got what he wanted by choosing to trust in what would give him what he wanted.  But God was not happy with him.  His whole family suffered too. We can all go outside the bounds of God’s will and get what we want, but the consequences are seldom worth it.  We just don’t think about consequences or God being unhappy with us when we are on the path to getting what we want. Nothing outside the bounds of God’s will is worth having and certainly not worth suffering the consequences and putting up a wall between you and God.
Be careful who you trust.  Be careful who you choose to listen to, who you choose to confide in.  Even Christian friends can talk us into doing something that is not God’s will for you.  They may mean well, but sometimes friends tell us what we want to hear, not what we need to hear.  Trust your heavenly father.  Follow Him and lean on His righteousness and Holiness.  By trusting God it will build a desire to build your life around Him rather than around ourselves. 
Trusting God will help me:
·      Use His standards of right and wrong – not mine.
·      Build on His morality in my life – not mine.
·      Build on His expectations for me… not mine.
We trust in doctors, in our own abilities, in airline pilots, in our money. So often we want to trust in anything other than God.  Maybe it is because we want something that we know is out of His bounds for us.  Maybe it is because we can find someone or something to trust that helps us rationalize that desire or goal that does not honor God.  Maybe it is because it is easy to trust in things we can see, people who put their arms around us and say and do the right things.  We believe in God, but we are not willing to give Him control of our lives.  Accept that God knows what is best for you and trust Him.

Scripture to Claim:
Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act. Psalm 37:5 ESV 

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