Message Magazine’s Online Devotional for Tuesday, December 6, 2016
“Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ” (Philippians 1:6).
Do you trust God? Do you trust Him to provide food, clothing, and shelter? Do you trust Him to provide the daily building blocks of a sound mind? Do you trust Him to show you how to forge quality partnerships and lasting relationships? Do you trust Him? Do you trust Him to direct your paths in every aspect of life? Do you trust Him?
This is a question with which we all must contend because if we do not trust God, it means we are relying on self, and if we live long enough, we will soon recognize that is not a viable option. If we are prone to let ourselves down, we need not even discuss the obvious fact that others will also let us down.
One area of trust that should be a foregone conclusion in the lives of anyone professing to love God is that of salvation and eternal life. Sure, we all know the verses regarding God’s love for us and the surety of His forgiveness. Yes, we all know that if we read our Bibles and pray every day we will continue to grow (in Him). Yes, we know that Jesus is coming soon and that we need to be ready to meet Him in peace. But, how much of this “knowledge” is a mere assent to the truth? How much of it is head knowledge? How much of it is enduring faith in the living God who is able to do exceeding, abundantly, and infinitely above all we could ever ask or think?
Do you trust God to keep you from falling back into your liquor drinking habit? Do you trust God to keep you from falling back into your spousal abuse habit? Do you trust God to keep you from falling back into your pride habit? Do you trust God to keep you from falling back into your worry habit? Do you trust God to keep you from falling back into your lying, stealing, smoking, cursing, gossiping, and fornicating habits? Are you getting my point?
The question of trusting God is really about “right now” trust. It’s about committing ourselves to Him right now, and at any time in the future that at that moment would be right now again, will we continue to trust Him? Do you trust Him? I hope you do because He’s trustworthy.