In our last post we discussed how learning to trust God is a process. In this post we’ll talk about the certainty of God’s promises.
Trusting God requires that you understand the contradictory nature of His promises. Ever notice when God makes you a promise, the exact opposite happens. You have His promise for healing, yet you or a loved one’s health takes a turn for the worse. He promised to supply all your needs but lack tries to engulf you. To make matters worse, God seems to do a vanishing act. Perhaps it because He’s already given you instructions. He’s waiting for you to act on them.
God’s promises are steadfast and true despite what your present situation looks like. God demonstrates His faithfulness to His children over and over again. Sometimes you need to encourage yourself by taking a stroll down memory lane and remember everything God has already done for you.
Trust God through the process. Whatever you do, don’t take matters into your own hands. Proverbs 3:5-6 says, “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” There will be times when it will take everything in you to trust God. Look to him for direction. God’s plans for you demands increasing levels of faith. When faith escapes you, trust God.
I love action adventure movies. One of my all-time favorite movie franchises is the Indiana Jones movie series. Indiana is always in search of a treasure. Although he’s never seen the treasure, he still believes in its existence. He risks life and limb based on a word he heard about something he’s never seen. The key to Indiana Jones’ success is the map he uses to lead him to the promise. In Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, he sets out in search of his father who has vanished. Armed with the old man’s notebook, he follows its clues to find his father and the holy grail – the source of eternal life. When you can’t trace God, read His Word and rehearse His promises to yourself out loud.
God wants you to learn how to trust Him without question. Trusting God means you act on His Word despite how you feel or how things may appear. You’re waiting for God to move when He’s waiting for you to trust Him enough to move on what He already told you to do.
In the Last Crusade, Indiana Jones is on the verge of finally obtaining what he’s been searching for. But a great abyss stands between him and the reward. There is no visible path to the promise. It appears all hope is lost. It wasn’t until he stepped out into the invisible that the path to the treasure appeared. It’s not enough to say I believe God. You must act like you believe. You’ve been waiting for God to show you a sign. God has been waiting for you to take the first step. Obedience is critical to your survival and success.
Rest assured, God has not forgotten you. When it feels like the heat of your trials are about to consume you, trust God to bring you through. He loves you too much to abandon you. You’ve gone through too much to give up now. God promised to never leave you nor forsake you (Hebrews 13:5).
Your breakthrough is imminent. God’s promises are His reality for your life. Trust God and praise Him in advance for what He’s about to do especially for you!
Until next time…Be blessed!
Rev. Cynthia Jackson