‘Trust that everything happens for a reason, even when you’re not wise enough to see it ‘ (Oprah)
Do we really trust that everything that happens to us, happens for a reason, even if, at that very moment we cannot understand it, as Oprah said? If we turn a corner, just as the person we want to see arrives at that exact same corner, do we call that a mere coincidence, or do we call it a ‘God-instance’?
God wants the very best for us, and the reason He wants the very best for us, is because He loves us, and loves us to such an extent that He will do anything for us. He loves us so much; ‘he gave his one and only Son‘ (John 3:16 NIV), and whoever believes in Him, ‘shall not perish but have eternal life‘ (v 16).
God did all this, even though we disappoint Him and sin. He still loves us, and loves us so much that, ‘Whilst we were still sinners, Christ died for us‘ (Rom 5:8 NIV).
The Psalmist knew that God would, ‘instruct him [you] and teach him [you] in the way he [you] should go‘ (Psalm 32:8 NIV). We really need to trust God to know what is best for us, for He said, ‘For I know the plans I have for you‘ (Jer 29:11 NIV). God knows what He has planned for us, and as long as we follow His plan, we will be able to say as the Psalmist said, ‘Many, LORD my God, are… … the things you planned for us‘ (Psalm 40:5 NIV).
We need to trust God and follow His commands for our life, Jesus to His disciples that ‘apart from me you can do nothing‘ (John 15:5 NIV). If we are not apart, then we are with Him, and ‘if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation‘ (2 Cor 5:17 ESV). Be new for Christ, and boldly trust God with your life. It is worth it!
When we walk with the Lord, in the light of His word, what a glory He sheds on our way; while we do His good will, He abides with us still, and with all who will trust and obey. Not a shadow can rise, not a cloud in the skies, but His smile quickly drives it away; not a doubt nor a fear, not a sigh nor a tear, can abide while we trust and obey. Not a burden we bear, not a sorrow we share, but our toil he doth richly repay; not a grief nor a loss, not a frown nor a cross, but is blessed if we trust and obey. But we never can prove, the delights of His love, until all on the alter we lay; for the favour he shows, and the joy He bestows, are for them who will trust and obey. Then in fellowship sweet, we will sit at His feet, or we’ll walk by His side in the way; what He says He will do, where He sends we will go, Never fear, only trust and obey. Trust and Obey for there’s no other way.
J. H. Sammis (1846-1919)
When confusion’s my companion, And despair holds me for ransom, I will feel no fear, I know that You are near. When I’m caught deep in the valley, with chaos for my company, I’ll find my comfort here, ’cause I know that You are near. My help comes from You, you’re right here, pulling me through. You carry my weakness, my sickness, my brokenness all on Your shoulders, Your shoulders. My help comes from You. You are my rest, my rescue, I don’t have to see t believe that, You’re lifting me up on Your shoulders, your shoulders
Shoulders – For King & Country
J & L. Smallbone, Tedd T, B. Glover
Lord we thank you for Love in our lives and that you love us so much that your Son came to die for us. Help us to fully rely and trust on you to guide our lives that we may glorify your name forever. May we be beacons of light to all that we meet in our day to day lives, that they will also want the love you give us and to live for you and your glory.