Some people live on a steady diet of doubt. They expect the worse and usually get it.
Love is different. It trusts God always, everywhere, everyway and under all circumstances. It defies doubt, sabotages suspicions and subverts skepticism.
James Joyce, an Irish novelist, had no appreciation for monuments. A friend, who was aware of this, saw Arc de Triomphe with its eternal flame burning brightly as he and Mr. Joyce rode in a taxi in Paris. The friend asked Mr. Joyce how long he thought that the flame would burn. To which he quickly replied, “Until the Unknown Soldier gets up in disgust and blows it out.”
Jesus, similarly, had little or no tolerance for doubt and doubters and voiced it emphatically with this soul searching question. “Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?” (Luke 18:8) Who will extinguish the flame of doubt and ignite the eternal flame of faith?
Doubt must go. Doubt cripples hope, corrupts anticipations and crushes trust. It is not the absence of believing. It believes the wrong things. It believes that the worst things will happen not the best. It believes that God’s plan and purpose for my life will fail. It believes that the adversary will prevail. It believes that the promises of God are for someone else. It believes that the power of God is inadequate to meet modern day needs. It believes that prayer is in vain. It believes that miracles are limited to the past.
God wants to blow the flame of doubt out in your life, and kindle the flame of trust. Hebrews 4:6 declares, “It’s impossible to please God apart from faith. And why? Because anyone who wants to approach God must believe both that he exists and that he cares enough to respond to those who seek him.” (The Message)
The Psalmist did just that and prayed, “Let God arise, let his enemies be scattered…” (Psalms 68:1) Trust gave him the courage to face the present with confidence and the future with expectancy.
There have been times in my life when I felt the same way a little girl must have felt when she came to the realization that she was lost and did not know which way to turn. After some time past, a friendly farmer found her wondering around in the meadow and said to her, “Do not cry; I’ll take you home.” As the little girl snuggled up to him, she smiled and said, “I knew you would; I was waiting for you.”
“Waiting for me,” said the man, “What made you think I was coming?” “I was praying you would,” she replied. The startled farmer replied, “Praying? When I first heard you, you were saying A B C D E F G. What was that for?” “Well, I’m just a little girl and I was praying all the letters of the alphabet and letting God put them together the way He wanted to. He knows I was lost, and He knows how to put them together better than I do.”
She was expressing her total trust in God and leaving all the details up to him. She trusted him completely, and the answer came.
Let’s put our trust in Him today, and begin to believe the right things.
To begin with, let’s trust God to always hide our sins.
No one can do it but Him. He is the only Savior and Redeemer. He takes our sins away and hides them so perfectly that no one can ever find them again. James 5:20 declares, “He which covers the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins.” In Psalms 32:1-2 the Bible says, “Count yourself lucky, how happy you must be---you get a fresh start, your slate’s wiped clean. Count yourself lucky---God holds nothing against you…” (The Message)
Trust God always to hide your sins and never find them again.
Secondly, we need to trust God to always guide us.
It’s not enough to know where you want to go. You must know how to get there. We have a GPS in our car for that very reason. When we begin a journey, we type in the address to which we are headed, and the invisible woman inside takes it from there.
She talks to us all the way and even scolds us when we have gotten off track and guides us back until we are on track again. I trust her even though I have never seen her or know her name.
Likewise, I have never seen God, but He guides me, and I trust Him completely. In Isaiah 48:17, He tells me that He will lead me in the way I should go and be my Guardian. As my Guide, He shows me the way. And as my Guardian, He protects me all the way. He goes before me, walks beside me, follows behind me and watches over me. He is the unerring Guide who I can always trust.
Number 3, let’s trust God to always provide for all of our needs.
Where He guides, He will provide. He promised. In Philippians 4:19, the Word says, “My God shall supply ALL YOUR NEED according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” He is our Source.
Heaven is the supply center and will never be receded by recession, depleted by depression or crash from excessive consumer demands. “Though troubles assail, and dangers a fright; Though friends should all fail, and foes all unite; Yet one thing secures us, whatever betide: the Scripture assures us….THE LORD WILL PROVIDE.”
And finally, let’s trust God always to be with us at grave side.
One of the most quoted verses in Scripture has to do with death and the grave side. It reads, “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil for You are with me.” (Psalms 23:6) Praise God. He will be with us at graveside and beyond. Charles Spurgeon described it beautifully. “Death in its substance has been removed, and only the shadow of it remains….Nobody is afraid of a shadow, for a shadow cannot block a man’s pathway for even a moment. The shadow of a dog can’t bite; the shadow of a sword can’t kill.” We walk right through the shadow with our Savior and Lord walking by our side.
We can trust Him ALWAYS AND UNDER EVERY CIRCUMSTANCE.
Trusting HIM Always,
Pastor Jimmy & Bob