Monday, August 30, 2010

Trust Factor

"Abraham didn't focus on his own impotence and say, "It's hopeless. This hundred-year-old body could never father a child." Nor did he survey Sarah's decades of infertility and give up. He didn't tiptoe around God's promise asking cautiously skeptical questions. He plunged into the promise and came up strong, ready for God, sure that God would make good on what he had said. That's why it is said, "Abraham was declared fit before God by trusting God to set him right." But it's not just Abraham; it's also us! The same thing gets said about us when we embrace and believe the One who brought Jesus to life when the conditions were equally hopeless. The sacrificed Jesus made us fit for God, set us right with God." Romans 4:19-25 The Message

Sometimes when we are in the midst of a difficult situation, it's hard to be positive. The giants that you are facing are too huge and strong and you are so small and weak. You've been in this circumstance before and you never come out on top. You have prayed about this before and God has ignored you--and here it is again.

These are lies--all lies! Sure, the situation is tough, the giants are big, the circumstance may be overwhelming or reoccurring--but isn't our God an AWESOME God? Doesn't He keep His promises? Isn't He mightier than ANY calamity, situation, circumstance that you could ever be in? YES He is!

The story of Abraham and Sarah is only one of many stories in Bible that show the faithfulness of our God. If you look, almost every chapter, every page, is full of the promise of God. Can you look and find the unfaithfulness of God? Broken promises? You could get a magnifying glass and look every and any where and you will NOT find one broken promise, one act of unfaithfulness, one moment of untrustworthiness. Why? Because that is not who He is. He is the essence of trust.

Now turn the tables. What about you? What about me? Could you look in your life book and find any unfaithfulness, any broken promises towards your God? If you got the magnifying glass out, would you be able to find one act of...oh, please, put the magnifying glass away. I don't need anything to magnify my sinful nature with my Lord, do you?

Just because at times we find ourselves in life situations that are not pleasant, easy or desirable, doesn't mean that we give up on our Heavenly Father--or that He has given up on us. This is not the time to turn your back on Him but totally the opposite. This is the time that we turn ourselves full front towards Him with our arms open wide, waiting for Him to fulfill His promise--to always be there for us, to never let us alone, to never give us more than we can bear, to ALWAYS love us, even when we withhold our love for Him.

"This is why the fulfillment of God's promise depends entirely on trusting God and his way, and then simply embracing him and what he does. God's promise arrives as pure gift. That's the only way everyone can be sure to get in on it.... For Abraham is father of us all. He is not our racial father—that's reading the story backward. He is our faith father." Romans 4:16 The Message

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