I don’t think anyone misses out from experiencing circumstances that challenge us and which at times are really tough to work through. What helps when we find ourselves in these seasons is a friend, someone whom we can trust to lean on and talk to so we aren’t battling on our own. These people become pillars for us as we rely on their encouragement and direction to help work our way out of the situation or circumstance in which we find ourselves.
Then we discover that our pillar is human and, at times, not always the best help in whatever time of need we are going through. Turning to a friend is good, but we have someone greater who is described by one word, “LOVE” (1 John 4:16), who is faithful to every promise, particularly when He said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5).
I am talking about God, who displays attributes of having a presence everywhere, who is all-knowing and all-powerful. I have been thinking a lot lately about these three characteristics that are unique to God. We are privileged to know Him and to know that He loves us no matter who we are or what we have done.
The Bible says “But it is good for me to draw near to God; I have put my trust in the Lord GOD, that I may declare all Your works.” Psalm 73:28. This verse encourages us regarding three things that must be evident in the life of the Christian:
It’s good to draw near to God. God needs us to be moving our lives in His direction. The closer we are to God the better off we will be, and will understand how faithful he is to us.
I have put my trust in God. God needs us to be trusting in Him no matter what happens in our lives or around us. He is a pillar that won’t break or shake.
I will declare all works of God. God needs us to say something, so other people know about God and decide to believe in God and what He has done for us through giving us Jesus.
What does putting our trust in God look like?
We are encouraged to speak out and challenge wrong doing and evil when it rises around us. Jesus said that we must be the light of the world and not cover this light but let it shine to penetrate the darkness (Matthew 5:14). But sometimes the darkness remains and we don’t understand it. “I put my trust in the Lord God.”
We are never meant to understand everything that is happening around us because we are told to draw near, trust and declare our trust in God. As soon as we distract ourselves with trying to understand, we lose focus on God and begin to focus on ourselves.
The Bible is very clear. God has said about Himself:
“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,” says the LORD. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:8-9.
These verses help us to stop trying to understand and to trust in God.
There is a big difference between the way we think and what God thinks and what our actions are, compared with the way God actions something. We trust God because He knows best and loves us as the Bible continues to encourage us “As for God, His way is perfect; The word of the LORD is proven; He is a shield to all who trust in Him.” 2 Samuel 22:31 & Psalm 18:30.
No matter what happens in our personal life or what decisions are made in our country, we have God. Having God is trusting He knows all things, has all power to change things and He is everywhere. He will always be a pillar to hold onto in times of trouble and we will always be recipients of His unfailing love.
Let’s together repeat what the Psalmist said “But as for me, I trust in You, O LORD; I say, “You are my God.” Psalm 31:14.
Trusting in God always