“Trust walks by faith.”
Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – May 25, 2021
Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” Psalm 91:1-2
I recently heard the story of a mother of four who lost her littlest to cancer. He was diagnosed when he was ten months old and passed away just shy of his second birthday.
The woman and her husband, a physician, did everything they could to save their little boy. They sought advice and treatment from the best doctors who were experts in their fields. They changed their lifestyle. They researched—and they prayed and prayed and prayed.
But to no avail.
How does a heart deal with such a crushing blow? How does someone handle such deep disappointment? How can you continue to see God as good when prayer after prayer has been denied? And especially when you weren’t asking for help with something insignificant. You were asking for God to save the life of your child. Is anything more important?
Do you decide God is passive and uninvolved in your life?
Do you make the assessment that He doesn’t love you like you thought He did?
Do you peg Him as mean, cruel, and harsh?
Do you decide He is weak and that He couldn’t help you, even if He would like to?
Or do you hold onto faith and choose to believe that He loves you deeply and that nothing and no one is more powerful than Him, no matter your circumstances?
If you believe anything about who God is besides exactly who He is . . . that He is loving, good, and all-powerful, there will always be something in your circumstances to support what you believe.
For example, if you believe God is passive, there is plenty of circumstantial evidence for that. Homelessness. Sickness. Childlessness. Divorce. Wars. Strife in friendships, businesses, towns and neighborhoods—and the death of children.
Everywhere you look, you can find evidence to support that God just doesn’t care. After all, why isn’t He making right those things that are wrong? He could fix it in an instant. But He doesn’t.
If you believe God is a mean ogre, cruel and harsh, you can find evidence for that too.
If you believe He is weak, the same. You get the picture.
Again, if you believe anything about who God is besides exactly who He is, that He is loving, good, and all-powerful, there will always be something in your circumstances to support the lies you believe.
It’s only when we choose to believe God is loving, all-powerful, and not passive or mean that we need to choose faith. All perspectives that make God appear to be anything less than perfect and perfectly loving look at the circumstances.
But trust walks by faith.
This is the kind of faith that pleases God: to believe without seeing.
To trust without knowing how the story is going to turn out.
To trust even though you feel that God doesn’t care.
To trust even though you feel that nothing good will come from what is happening.
To trust even though your heart is crushed.
This is when you must throw yourself on the One who knows, cares, and sees you. There are two choices in life: trust or torment. Is there really any other way? Even though I do it imperfectly, my prayer is that I always choose trust first.
How about you?
“He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds” (Psalm 147:3).
Lord, this world is not my home. Until I go to be with You, I will walk by faith and not by sight even though life can really hurt sometimes. In this, there is strength. Please keep me close to you. Amen.
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