Based on “Eyewitness to the Truth” by Pastor Mark Balmer; 1/19-20/13,
Message #6099; Daily Devotional #2 - “Trust”
Preparing the Soil (Introduction): Trust is the foundation of true relationships. Think back over your life, recalling the relationships you had in each ten year period. It is amazing how much life changes in ten years. Friends come and go for various reasons. Some friends were work friends, and when I changed jobs those friendships tapered off. I moved, and geographic separation ended other relationships, and some ended from the breaking of trust. Yet, I can point to a few who have been there through every span. For those, the foundation of trust goes deep. You could say it is built on bedrock, unshakable. Those friends have proven themselves faithful over and over throughout my life. Did we ever have problems or misunderstandings? Of course. Feelings were hurt, trust was stretched and even broken at times, but because the foundation was firm, the relationships still stand today.
Planting and Watering the Seed (Growth): Why do we have struggles and bumps in the road in our relationship with the Lord? It boils down to two things: selfishness and trust, and even selfishness can be a trust issue. We do not trust that what God wants for us is better than what we want for ourselves. Or we do not trust Him to understand the situation. Maybe we don’t trust Him to act in time. I amaze myself by how I can become focused on something I want; then, down the road, God will show me He had something better, if I had only trusted Him for it. Trust in a relationship is built over time. The same should be said for our relationship with the Lord. As we walk through life with Him, our faith and trust should grow. So, why do we not trust God?
Harvesting the Crop (Action/Response): Two reasons come to mind. First, we are short sighted, and second, we have a lack of knowledge. Many times in my life I have lacked trust in the Lord. Often, the reason was that I remained focused only on the situation at hand and didn’t remind myself of all the times God proved Himself faithful. Other times, especially early on, I did not have the true knowledge of God and His Character. My preconceived notions had not been challenged by Truth yet. Now, as new situations arise, I have to remind myself of Who God is and who He has shown Himself to be in my life. I will remember the deeds of the LORD; yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago. I will meditate on all your works and consider all your mighty deeds. (Psalms 77:11-12) Teach me, O Lord, to follow your decrees; then I will keep them to the end. Give me understanding, and I will keep your law and obey it with all my heart. (Psalms 119:33-34) Stay in relationship with God by spending time with Him. Get to know Him in His Word. Spend time in prayer (two way conversation) with Him to build the relationship. The more you know Him, the easier it is to trust Him. Think back on His faithfulness in your life. Let your relationship with God be built on sincere trust in an almighty God who was and is and is to come!
Make It Stick (Application): According to Exodus 34:6, what are some of the qualities of God? How do these impact my life, and how can I live the same way?
Cultivating (Additional Reading): Psalms 119:33-56
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