June 30, 2017
A Matter of Trust
He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? Romans 8:32
Trust me. How many times has someone said those words to you? What happens next depends upon whether or not we truly trust the one who is speaking. Do you jump in the deep end of the pool? Do you cut your hair short or change its color? Do you buy the outfit you are a little unsure about, but your friend tells you it is cute? Do you go on the blind date? Do you invest the money? Do you start a new business? Get married? Buy the house?
Romans 8:28-32 is all about trust. God is saying “Trust me.” Trust me when your circumstances stink. Trust me when it seems like everyone is against you. Trust me when you don’t understand. Just trust me. The problem isn’t with God when we doubt, the problem is with us. At the root of our struggles with him and this life that we live is that deep down we don’t trust him.
Trust is built through relationship, reputation, and reliability.
We trust people we know. Our trust for God grows as our relationship with him grows. Psalms 9:10
We trust people who have a reliable reputation. Our trust in God grows as we hear the stories of his provision for others. Psalms 40:10, John 4:39, Hebrews 12:1
We trust people we can rely on to follow through on what they promise. Our trust for God grows as we recognize his faithfulness in our past and current life experiences. Lamentations 3:23, Psalms 28:7, Psalms 143:8
I don’t know what struggle you may be facing today, but I know that God can be trusted to walk with you through it. Romans 8:32 says it all “He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?” God allowed Jesus to die for us. He loves us that much. And if he loves us that much, shouldn’t we trust him to take care of us?
What do you need to trust God with today? What God story do you need to share with someone else to strengthen her faith? What is one way God has been faithful to you today?
Lord, Thank you for your faithfulness. Be near to those who are struggling today with the hardships this life brings. Use our struggles to draw us closer to you. Amen
Between a husband, 2 sons, and teaching high school my sanity is found in running and Starbucks. I have a circle of running friends who inspire me to be authentic and real as I live a life of faith before them.