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What Trust Looks Like

"It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to put confidence in mortals. It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to put confidence in princes." -- Psalms 118:8-9

(An extract from a Matt de Haan article, What Trust Looks Like:)

"WHAT DOES TRUST look like when we can't explain our trouble, or see beyond it?

"Listening to others as they try to show faith in crisis can be confusing. Some say they are 'believing God' for a job, restored health, a reconciled marriage, or the return of a prodigal. Others say reliance on Him means accepting that His ways are not necessarily our ways.

"In the waiting room of prayer and helplessness, I've concluded that questions about what it means to trust God can be almost as troubling as the problem itself. I've also discovered that it is for those struggles that the wisdom of the Bible has been given to us.


"DON'T BE TOO HARD on yourself. Even though David was a man after God's own heart, the songs and groans of his life reflect recurring fear and despair (Psalm 6:1-7). Job's experience was similar...(Job 3:1-26). Even the apostle Paul ... (Romans 9:2). Together they show us that trust can cry, and groan, and even doubt.

"Expect to be misunderstood by others. ...people do not suffer in proportion to their wrongs. Some pay quickly for their mistakes. Others do not. Some suffer for being foolish while others are punished for being wise (Psalm 73:1-14). ... Although [Job's friends] came to his side to divide his pain, they ended up multiplying it (Job 16:2).

"Don't be afraid to be honest with God. An elderly Abraham laughed at the absurdity of God's promise to make him the father of many nations. Jacob wrestled with his Lord over the uncertainty of what lay ahead. David openly expressed his despair and helplessness in circumstances beyond his control. Job accused God of being unfair... They learned to trust God in the dark valleys of their doubts.

"Take one step at a time. Jesus encouraged us not to worry about tomorrow since today has enough of its own problems (Matthew 6:34). ...the wisdom of the moment (James 1:6), and the present reassurance of the one who says, "I will never leave you nor forsake you" (Hebrews 13:5).

"Don't be self-destructive. While there is a time for sedatives and pain killers (Proverbs 31:6-7), they can be abused at great risk to ourselves and others (Proverbs 31:4-5; 20:1). We also need to ask God to help us avoid taking out our anxiety, anger, or despair on those around us.

"Don't underestimate God. (Genesis 50:20). If God doesn't answer our prayers in the time and manner that we've asked, it's because He can see what we cannot.

"Ask but don't demand. (Job 38-41). Christian philosopher Francis Schaeffer observes, "When I am in the presence of God, it seems profoundly unbecoming to demand anything" (see Job 42).

"Doubt yourself. (Job 42:2-6).

"Father in heaven, we want to trust You. But sometimes we get so confused. Please forgive us for wanting answers so that we don't have to trust You. Thank You for being so patient with us. Please help us to have the same patience with You, as we wait to see that Your plans and timing are better than our own."


by tree#138680 on Tue Dec 14 04 12:25 am | profile

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