Thursday, June 30, 2016

Trust Me -- I Have a Purpose Here!

With all the “He said. She said” craziness in the news, it makes you wonder “Who CAN we trust these days?” How many times do we get sold a bill of goods and the goods are faulty, broken, or dysfunctional, yet we keep going back to the same merchant or using the same service provider? Before long, we could easily start to think "I just can't trust anyone!"

Think about all the people we DO trust, without even giving it a second thought. We trust pharmacists to give us the right medication from a prescription. We trust pilots, we don't know, to safely take us to the right destination, believing that they know how to fly that big bird! Driving our cars, we trust our lives to engineers and road construction crews, believing the bridges will hold. That’s a lot of trust in the unknown, on so many levels.

Here’s what’s most surprising. We, often, have trouble trusting God. People will say, "I can't see Him, so it’s hard for me to believe." Do we see the engineers who designed the bridge? Do we know the pilots? Do we really know what the pharmacist is putting into our medicine bottles? Not usually. Yet God, our Creator and the One Who knows all about us (our past, our present and our future) and Who loves us so unconditionally, is often the One we trust the least. It just doesn't make sense to trust imperfect men and not to trust a perfect God.

Trust is relinquishing our agenda to God's agenda. Trust is also believing that if we don’t get what we need or want, that God still is working out all the details of our lives for our good.

Case in point: My dear friend who was running for election to a public office, sincerely believed, with all her heart, that she was going to win this race. She trusted God for the outcome. The election took place and she fell short on the votes needed. Her reaction? “God is still on the throne and all things work together for good to those who love God." That’s bold, fearless, unconquerable TRUST. Trusting God when the outcome “isn’t as planned” in our eyes, but is “right on target” with God’s plans and purposes for us. God knows that if that door didn’t shut, we would never walk through the perfectly designed door that He has perfectly planned for us. His ways are so much higher than our ways!

Trust….when skies are blue and birds are singing. Trust….when the storms are prevailing and ominous clouds loom. Instead of hearing "You have such little faith." (Matthew 8:26) ....don't we want to hear "I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith." (Matthew 8:10)