If the Lord was to ask us one question, what do you think it would be? Why did you do that? Why didn’t you do such and such? Why don’t you love me? Why are you running from me? These are all good possibilities but my guess is for many mature Christians His question would be: will you trust Me, really trust Me.
Will you trust Me, will you put your trust in Me and My love and not that novena that you have to copy eighty-one times? Will you trust Me and not the rituals you created to ask Me for help? Will you really trust in Me and not some man-made formula? Will you trust in Me and not your IRA or 401 K? Will you trust in Me and not your government? Will you put your trust in Me and not your politicians?
Will you trust and believe that I am in control, that I know and desire what is best for You? Will you believe in my love for you regardless of the circumstances? Will you trust me in all circumstances?
Will you believe and trust that My plans for you are for good and not for woe? Will you trust that in all things I work for the good of those who love me? Will you believe that no matter what is happening to you I will use it for your good?
We worry so much. Every time we turn on the news or read a newspaper we have another worry. Wildfires, Flu, the auto industry pulling the economy down, the threats of bank failures, unemployment, and the decline in the price of housing, gangs, drugs, the deficits, abortion are just the tip of the iceberg. It gets so you don’t even want to read a newspaper. Ironically, even newspapers are in trouble today. The future is rather frightening if you pay attention to the news.
But the news isn’t in charge of the future and thankfully neither is the politicians of either party. The future lies in God’s hands. Only He knows how long we have. We can worry about terrorism, cancer, heart attacks, the Flu, a nuclear accident, natural disasters, economic collapse, the stock market and a million other things and die of something totally unrelated like a car accident. What good would all that worrying do?
We can worry or we can trust in God. Over and over in scripture God has told us that He loves us. He loves us with an everlasting love. He promised never to leave or forsake us. In Matthew 6: 25 He literally tells us”do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink: or about your body, what you will wear”. Read the Twenty Third Psalm! Why do we fret and worry?
God is in control! Do we really believe that? The way to unleash the power of God is by praying in faith that God can and will act for our good. Are we really praying with faith or are our prayers infected by doubt? Are there areas of our prayer life where we limit the power of God by our lack of trust and worrying? Are there times that we pray just in case but don’t really believe that God will answer positively? Do we pray for healing over and over again or do we pray once for healing then ask God to continue to heal and thank Him for answering our prayer?
We live in terrible times. Everything seems to be going wrong yet God is more powerful than our circumstances. We serve a mighty God, creator of universes, capable of creating galaxies in seconds yet we doubt His power. Or do we doubt His love?
Why do we doubt His love? The Bible is a testament of God’s love for us. The Passion and Crucifixion testify to God’s love for us. He sacrificed His own Son for our salvation. Jesus died on the Cross for us. Does it make sense that He would go through all that suffering for us and deny us something that was for our good?
There is so much we don’t understand. We don’t know a lot of the whys about what is happening. We don’t know where we’re going or what is going to happen in the future. Only in hindsight do we sometimes get a glimpse of what God is doing for us.
We aren’t supposed to understand. We’re not capable of understanding. Too often when we try to figure things out on our own we screw up. We are called to trust in God, trust Him to provide day by day not twenty years in the future. We need to learn from the way God provided for the Israelites in the desert. They were only supposed to gather enough manna for the day. If they tried to gather extra and save it for the next day it spoiled. Yet on Fridays they gathered two days worth because manna would not fall on the Sabbath. It didn’t spoil.
We are called to trust our future to God. We do our work, save wisely but put our trust in God not man-made institutions. We are called to hand our worries to God and trust Him to take care of them and live day by day trusting Him.