‘God is our refuge and strength’ (Psalm 46:1 NIV)
How much do you trust people? Years ago, when a stockbroker made a deal and shook some-one’s hand, that was the deal done, ‘my word is my bond’ was the understanding. Now, with shady dealings, under the table deals, and people breaking promises etc. Some people have very little trust left, and it is a commodity in short supply at times.
So, how much do you trust people?
How much do you trust God and his word?
Do we fully trust and rely on our Lord and Saviour?
We can and should always rely on God, and trust what he says.
Abraham trusted God, when God promised him a family;
‘I will make you into a great nation’ God said, ‘and I will bless you’ (Genesis 12:2 NIV).
This promise came from God directly;
‘her name will be Sarah, I will bless her and will surely give you a son’ (Genesis 17:16 NIV).
When they finally gave birth to their son, Isaac (Genesis 21:2), God asked Abraham to trust him, and offer up Isaac as a sacrifice. Abraham trusted God, and went to Moriah, where he was to perform the sacrifice of his son. When as the time for the sacrifice came near, and asked by his son where the sacrificial lamb was, Abraham’s reply was, ‘God himself will provide the lamb’ (Genesis 22:8 NIV), Abraham’s trust was rewarded, as God, called out to Abraham to stop, and, ‘Abraham looked up and there caught in a thicket he saw a ram… … and sacrificed it’ (Genesis 22:13 NIV).
Naaman also trusted in a ‘man-of-God’ (Elisha), when after visiting his house due to an illness. Elisha sent a messenger to give the message to Naaman, who wanted a more important person to speak to him. He thought that a ‘man-of-God would speak directly to him, (2 Kings 5:11). Later, after his servants spoke to him, he decided to trust God through what Elisha had said; he was healed and returned to Elisha, saying, ‘Now I know that there is no God in all the world except in Israel’ (2 Kings 5:15 NIV).
Abraham placed his complete trust in his God, and was fully rewarded for his trust and faithfulness. Naaman did not completely trust God, but did what he eventually thought best, and was rewarded by being healed, and finally trusted in what God could do. God is indeed truly our strength, when we need it.
How much do we trust in the strength of God in our lives?
Do we talk to God when things are going well in our lives, or do we only talk to him when things are falling apart, when chaos is knocking at the door and our world is coming apart at the edges? ‘Why, my soul, are you downcast… … for I will yet praise’ (Psalm 42:11 NIV).
We need to rely on God for all things, ‘The name of the LORD is a strong tower’ (Proverbs 18:10 NKJV).
Do we really believe in that statement?
We should! We should fully rely on God!
We need his strength for everything, Jesus said, ‘apart from me you can do nothing’ (John 15:5 NIV). If we fully rely on God as our refuge, the Bible tells us, that because God is a strong tower, ‘The righteous run to it and are safe’ (Proverbs 18:10 NKJV).
We should rely on God for everything, when we are with God, we have the joy of the Lord in our lives, and, ‘the joy of the LORD is our [your] strength’ (Nehemiah 8:10 ESV).
Rely on God for all your help, ‘I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you’ (Isaiah 41:10 ESV).
If we trust God to be Lord of our lives, we can always turn to him for strength in times of good, and not-so-good. We can trust in the words that are written within the Bible, words inspired by God, words of encouragement, words of love, words to help us and strengthen us in times of trouble, for God has said;
‘I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye’ (Psalm 32:8 NKJV).
Are you prepared to trust in God, to give you strength for all things, to guide you, teach you? Rely on God for all things, for he has only the best in mind for you;
Let us rely on God, and trust Him fully for all our needs!
‘For I know the plan I have for you… … plans for welfare and not evil, to give you a future and a hope’ (Jeremiah 29:11 ESV).
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.
Trust and obey, for there’s no other way
To be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.
Not a shadow can rise, not a cloud in the skies,
But His smile quickly drives it away;
Not a doubt or a fear, not a sigh or 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 or a loss, not a frown or a cross,
But is blessed if we trust and obey.
But we never can prove the delights of His love
Until all on the altar we lay;
For the favour He shows, for 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 we will do, where He sends we will go;
Never fear, only trust and obey.
Trust and Obey
John H Sammis (1846 – 1919)
Father God, we thank you that we can come to you in times of need, for strength and refuge. We thank you that we can come to you no matter what is happening in our life. Lord help us to rely on you fully for all things in our life. Lord we know that you have a plan for our lives, help us to look to you in all areas, and to fully rely on your word, for we know that as you said to Isaiah, ‘so is my word that goes out from my mouth it will not return to me empty’ (Isaiah 56:11 NIV). Lord help us to trust you fully.