“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in Me.”
Have you ever trusted someone with a secret or some valuable information, then they go and tell the very person you didn’t want to find out? I’m sure we’ve all experienced something like this. It kinda sucks, ’cause now you can’t really trust that person with anything. You know they’ll go and blab everywhere. They apologize, but it’ll take a while for that trust to be re-established.
When it comes to our relationship with God, it’s not so much about keeping secrets as it is just trusting that He knows what He’s doing in our lives. We don’t need to worry about God spilling our secrets, but when it comes to trusting Him with our futures, it can get pretty tough.
When you became a Christian, you gave your life to God. And while you still know your life it in His hands, it can get hard to not worry. But He assures us that He won’t abandon us.
Remain in Me, and I will remain in you. … If a man remains in Me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from Me you can do nothing.
When we spend our time worrying, we aren’t focusing on Christ. And if we aren’t focusing on Christ, we can’t do much for Him; we aren’t as productive in serving Him. He says, “Apart from Me you can do nothing.” And that’s so true. We may try really hard to do great works for God, and while this may be good, it will never be great if we don’t focus completely on Christ.
So we trust God. We trust that He will do what’s best for us. But what happens when God doesn’t seem to know what’s best for us?
For example, say you have a really good chance to do something great. You know it’s the best thing for you (it would make you the happiest) and it would also probably be in the best interest for the other party (as far as you can tell). But then God says no. And you’re pretty much like, “Seriously?! I thought that would be a great opportunity to serve you! What’s up with that, God? Why don’t you want me to do that?” At times like those it’s really hard to believe that God has His plan under control. And if you’re reading this and have never experience this, yet you think you’d still have no problem trusting God…well, that’s what I thought until it happened to me. Then I have to wonder: “God, how was this not your plan?”
John 14:6 says,
Jesus answered, “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
If Jesus is The Way, The Truth and The Life, He can certainly be trusted!
…after all, you’ve never heard of a story in which Jesus let someone down!
Jesus won’t let us down like other humans. He is above humans, and is perfect, so He is not subject to the same chance of failure that humans are. You can trust Him with your life…of this, I’m sure. He won’t let you down; He knows what’s best for you.
However, to the man who does not work but trusts God who justifies the wicked, his faith is credited as righteousness.
As it is written, “See, I lay in Zion a stone that causes men to stumble and a rock that makes them fall, and the one who trusts in Him will never be put to shame.”
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.