Day 20 – My God Is… Summer Bible Challenge
Today’s Reading: Ezra 8:21-9:15, 1 Corinthians 5:1-13, Psalm 31:1-8, Proverbs 21:1-2 (Click here to read today’s passages online.)
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My God is … TRUSTWORTHY.
Daily, we place our trust in many different things. We trust that the green light of the traffic signal clears a path for us to go. We trust that the swing at the park as we place our child in it. We trust the engine on the plane to keep it airborne. We trust the brake pedal in our car to stop the vehicle. We trust the elevator to safely descend to the bottom floor. Trust is something we must do everyday to navigate the simplest of tasks and live a normal life. Yet, trusting God is sometimes so difficult.
In the rushing of life, I can easily trust things more than I trust God. I naturally trust the daily occurrences to unfold the way I would expect. I trust in so many common circumstances. Honestly, I don’t even think about the many many things I place my trust in daily. The reality is, I trust many things without even thinking about it. I trust these common, everyday things somewhat blindly.
While the pace of life leads us to trust in everyday things, I think it can stunt our trust in God. This natural trust in things can replace and get in the way of our ability to trust Him. Having faith in God often requires me to push aside the things of this world and see things differently. For me, that only happens when I slow my pace.
When I slow myself down and consider all the “things” and “situations” I place my trust in, trusting in God seems much more reasonable. I mean if you asked me which do you trust more – a traffic signal or God? I wouldn’t hesitate to say God. But, is that actually how I live my life? Do I trust him with the same certainty? Do I live in full trust of His hand on my life. When He says Go, do I just go? Or do I stop and consider and wonder how things will turn out if I actually do go? Or, if He says stop, do I simply stop like I do at a red light? Or do I wait until I am ready to stop?
For me, the key is slowing down and spending time with Him. When I am covered in His word, trusting is much easier. When I have taken the time to be still, then I will know. (Psalm 46:10) If I begin my day with His Word, my heart will be armed and ready to allow Him to direct my path. (Psalm 37:4-6)
Today’s reading is a perfect example. Reading daily, staying in His Word, moving through the entire Bible so that I don’t miss any part of His instruction in my life, that is where my trust comes from. Here is a list from my notes today of the glimmers of hope and trust found in His Word:
- I can trust God with my heart – And he heard our prayer (Ezra 8:23)
- I can trust God to keep me safe – He has given us security and a protective wall ( Ezra 9:8 & 9:9)
- I can trust God to bring joy – He has brightened our eyes (Ezra 9:8)
- I can trust God to give relief – He has granted us relief Ezra 9:8)
- I can trust God to strengthen me – He has revived us (Ezra 9:9)
- I can trust God to love me into a safe place – Lead me out of danger, you are a faithful God, You have set me in a safe place (Psalm 31)
Sweet sister, I don’t have to tell you this life is hard. I’m sure you know it is. But, look at that TRUSTWORTHY list that came from the few short passages we read today. Do you want to trust God with all of your heart? Then, invest in learning more about Him. Spend time in His Word everyday. Let the truth of His character wash over your weary heart. Cover yourself with the goodness of His Promises and watch your heart begin to trust Him more and more.
We tend to trust “things” because they are familiar with them. We trust the swing at the park with our little one because we are used to placing them in it. We don’t think twice about it. It is natural, common, and expected. Let that same level of trust grow in your relationship with God. Become familiar with who He is. Let His Word be known in your heart so that it can comfort, and restore, and bless you with a sense of peace and certainty. Everyday seek to understand Him more so that trust will naturally flow from your knowledge of who He is. Become so full of His promises that trust becomes your default in any circumstance –
- Loss of job – Trust in God the Provider (Philippians 4:19)
- Bad Test Results – (Psalm 103:2-3)
- Marriage Troubles (1 Corinthians 13:13)
- Financial Trials (Proverbs 3:5)
- Complete Uncertainty (Romans 8:28)
Our God is TRUSTWORTHY. Fill your heart with the knowledge of Him. Learn Who He is and watch your your faith and trust increase.
My prayer for us today –
Lord, help us to place our full trust in you. Teach us that freedom comes when we rest in your faithful hands. Give us the courage to fall fully into your loving care. Guide us. Teach us. Help us to trust You above all. Remind us that You are good every day. AMEN.