How does your trust – your faith – play itself out in your gut when you are in a struggle?
Our enemy loves to play mind games with us.
Like this – does anything like this ever happen in your life?
You hear something in the office that make you think a layoff is headed your way.
Your son or daughter doesn’t show up and curfew has come and gone.
You have an appointment you just can’t miss, or you will let a loved one down in a big way and suddenly all the traffic stops dead.
… [Feel free to add your own]
Your emotions start rolling like a Ferris Wheel careening down a mountain.
A voice rises up from within you:
I thought you had faith.
Where is your faith now?
Now that you are in trouble you’re afraid.
What kind of a Christian are you?
Don’t you trust God?
…[Feel free to add the accusations that rise up in you]
David had a different view of what trust looked like.
Trust in Him at all times, O people;
Pour out your heart before Him;
God is a refuge for us. Selah.
Psalms 62:8 NASB
We know this definition of trust, don’t we? If I say to you,
“Tell me the name of the person you most trust in this world”
Who comes to mind?
Isn’t it the one with whom you can share your inner most fears and dread, your confidant?
That was the marker of David’s trust in our Heavenly Father. And so he tells us in this Psalm.
I understand that trust and faith are not exactly synonymous, but they are closely related. I can say that where there is no trust, there is no faith.
What I want you to hear today is, when your heart loses its mind, don’t allow your feelings to tell you that you don’t have faith. Don’t stuff it all inside and pretend to be a God’s person of faith and power.
Pour out your heart to our Father. It is a demonstration of your trust, not an exposure of your lack.
When there is trouble, when you need a solution, when your heart is in turmoil, God is the One who can make a difference. Bring your needs before the His throne in time of need.
Once God has spoken;
Twice I have heard this:
That power belongs to God;
Psalms 62:8, 11 NASB
Lord, teach me to come to you in times of trouble. Teach my heart to trust in you.
See you again soon.