Actions speak louder
“I trust you, God!” Oh those words are so easy to say. And say them we do…but instead of being the declaration into the atmosphere it should be, we say it as if we are trying to convince ourselves that trusting God is indeed our stance. It’s usually soon after, that we find our efforts have failed miserably.
Why? Why have they failed? Because just saying something does not make it so…unless the correct actions follow. How many times do we say we trust God….supposedly leaving whatever issue at His feet…only to pick it back up a few days later? And if we are honest with ourselves, it probably wasn’t even a day later.
So it’s then that our statement declaring we trust God becomes simple lip service. We said we trusted God with our mouths. But our actions scream that we don’t trust Him at all.
When did I forget…
God is our creator. He made the heavens and the earth. He set the stars in place. He keeps the planets in orbit. He has made the plethora of functions and reactions that go on inside our bodies each day. With all of the things He makes sure get done on a daily basis all over the world, why would I not trust Him?!?!?
Yes, I know. That seems like a really dumb question. But our actions negate our declaration of trust every… single… time! Why?!?!
There is a song by Natalie Grant called “King of the World”. The chorus says:
I try to take life back right out of the hands of the king of the world
How could I make you so small
When you’re the one who holds it all
When did I forget you’ve always been the king of the world
You will always be the king of the world
What happens when we forget?
When we forget, the same sort of things mentioned in the song happen. We try to take our lives back out of the hands of God. We make the decisions we want to make. We don’t consult Him …thinking that we know best. Or we find ourselves second guessing His instructions…like He could ever fail. We make Him so very small, while magnifying our issues to the size of mountains.
Then we end up “taking thought for tomorrow…”. We let fear and worry impact our present with thoughts and emotions about events that may never happen. All because we forget…. We forget that because He takes care of the little bitty sparrow, He’s sure to take care of us. We forget that He’s a good, good father and knows the end from the beginning. We forget that He supplies our every need. We forget that He’ll never leave us. We forget that His love never fails. We forget to trust our Father!
Trust and Obey
As a child, I sang with my sisters a song called “Trust and Obey”. The words said “trust and obey….for there’s no other way….to be happy in Jesus…than to trust and obey”. I’m reminded of the story of Abraham. We often hear about his obedience in regards to possibly having to sacrifice his son. We also have to note that Isaac was obedient as well. He asked where the sacrifice was, and Abraham’s answer satisfied him.
Those two examples show me the extremes of the trust situations in which I could find myself. Sometimes we may be given difficult to hear instructions and told to go. Other times, we may just have to go along for the trip. In either instance, and every instance in between, our amazing Father is faithful and will see us through.
Trusting in this season
In any season, trusting God is important. As the return of Christ approaches rapidly, we must settle the issue of trust within us. God can be trusted….Period. So it’s time out for questioning whether or not God knows what He is doing. He does. He knows the end from the beginning remember?….and all that happens in between.
Personally, I know there are things God has placed on my heart to do. I have been slow completing the task wondering if it is indeed God. I have been slow wondering what I will do next after the tasks are completed. Either way, I find myself marking time when God has said to move and do. And I know I’m not the only one. If we are honest, we all have some things that we have yet to move forward with. That business idea…that book proposal…that outreach group opportunity…that clothing line…that song ….that restaurant…that idea that keeps coming to mind….that one that you keep thinking that it couldn’t possibly be God…it just very well could be…but you already know that.
We both know what we need to do. So let us shake off that fear and doubt…give Satan a black eye…and get to it!!! Someone’s destiny depends on it!