How Much Do You Trust God?

Honest Posts about Everyday Life Where We Learn to Be More Like Christ ~by Elizabeth Smith

 

How Much Do You Trust God?

That was the question that was asked of our congregation one Sunday morning by my pastor. How much do I trust God? He asked us that over and over with different situations each time…and I started answering those questions in my head. “How much do you trust God with your children?” Oh God, I trust you with my children. I am doing my best to take care of them, but I know you gave them to me and you love them way more than I do. “How much do you trust God with you your circumstances?” Oh yes God, I trust you with my circumstances. I do the best I can with what I know, but I trust you to guide me. “How much do you trust God with your finances?” PAUSE

My finances? Hmmmmmmm. Well, I was tithing (can I call it tithing?) about 3% at the time, so I answered as such. Well, God, I guess I trust you about 3% with my finances. Did that mean that I only trusted God with 3% of everything? I mean, I have been known to have control issues. I like to hold on tightly to things – to make sure I can maneuver them the way I want so I feel secure. But, when you add God in the equation and think about His control over things…then you have to stop and say hmmmmmm. What’s real here? What am I doing?

Whenever I start to wonder what the heck I’m doing or thinking, when I feel the panic sweeping over me, I have to check the Bible to see what what it tells me. I have so many thoughts and feelings and emotions…that I’m not sure I really trust all of them when making decisions.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. Proverbs 3:4 ESV

DO NOT LEAN ON YOUR OWN UNDERSTANDING!

At that moment…I started tithing 10%!

During these uncertain times of COVID-19, can we apply this same verse? I mean, right now there have been 108,503 deaths worldwide – and 20,499 deaths in the United States (those numbers will increase). Can we still trust the Lord with all our heart and not lean on our own understanding? What if I’m stuck in my home for another 3 months? What if I get sick? What if one of my loved ones get sick and dies?

I’m going to tell you (and me) YES!!!!! Those words still hold true. We can still trust God – even if we do not understand!. That’s super scary because bad things can happen. There’s an unknown factor that we are dealing with. But, that’s where the second part of that verse comes in…”lean not on your own understanding!”

Along with all this weird season of COVID-19, we are also in the awesome season of EASTER!

In a nutshell, what is Easter – what happened?

  • God sent His ONE and ONLY Son to earth
  • That ONE and ONLY Son was accused of blasphemy and treason while trying to show people how to live and teach them about His Father and Heaven.
  • God’s ONE and ONLY Son was crucified (wrists and ankles nailed to a cross and HE. WAS. KILLED.).
  • That ONE and ONLY Son was then resurrected (came back to life 3 days later).

WHY? WHY did all this happen? What’s the significance?

In a nutshell?

TO SAVE US!!!

Us = you and me!

He went through that horrible experience so that you and I can live eternally. WOW! Live eternally?

Right now, we are constantly hearing about hundreds of thousands of deaths – every single day! BUT GOD! BUT GOD! BUT GOD!

God promises us a life everlasting. A life with Him. A life with no pain and sadness.

In this season of Easter (and COVID-19), why not keep your eyes and hearts and minds focused on this God and His ONE and ONLY Son who can give us the life everlasting? A life without pain and suffering?

This is not our home.

Please put your trust in God! Please put your faith in Him! Please do not rely on your understanding. Trust God! “Perfect love cannot be overcome and death has no sting” if your trust is in God.

 


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