“Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in Him.” Jeremiah 17:7
Do you consider yourself a skeptical person? I don’t usually think that I am, I’m actually pretty trusting. But the world does a great job of teaching us to be skeptical these days, doesn’t it? We live in an age of online scams, conspiracy theories, empty political promises and so much more. We all have grown up hearing the phrase, “seeing is believing.” Have you perhaps uttered those words yourself?
Christians profess their faith in the unseen. Faith is defined as “complete trust or confidence in someone or something.” Complete trust? Do we really trust God as He deserves? Do we truly put our confidence in Him? It’s so much easier to say than it is to do. I am totally aware of the fact that I struggle with this.
When things are getting rough, yes, I pray for help. But generally, I admit that I often try to do things on my own, work things out, make my plans and prepare what to do. That’s usually when I realize that things didn’t quite work out the way I had planned. Those are the times that I have felt like God was trying to teach me how to trust in Him.
Many of us agree with what Jesus teaches, but only on an intellectual level. We enjoy a good sermon on Sunday morning, but then live life on our terms the rest of the week. Here’s an example. We say (and by “we”, I mean “me”) want to lose weight, make more friends, save money and not be wasteful. But if I truly start keeping track of what I eat, I realize I’ll never lose weight because I eat too much of things I shouldn’t. If I watch how I interact with people when I walk into a room, I realize that I’m not going to make new friends if I’m not friendly, or if I don’t make the first attempt to say Hi. And if I keep buying from Amazon, I am never going to be content with what I already have and will never be able to save money!
Those examples are all areas of life where God has something to teach us, and if we don’t trust Him, really trust Him, with these issues, then we will be prevented from living fully in His spirit. We need to say, “Okay God, I trust you. I’m leaving this in Your hands. Help me and let me know what to do.”
It’s amazing how well things turn out when you put God in control. Give it a try. Don’t let your skepticism hold you back from living fully in Christ.
Have a blessed day!
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