Monday, April 19, 2010

Still Trusting God


Karen

12 comments:

Patricia/NYC said...

Love it!! And just what I needed today!!

YOU are not the broken record, my friend...I AM beacause I seem to be making the same mistake over & over again...sigh...THANK GOD for his mercy & his faithfulness!!!

Hugs!!
Patricia

Chris said...

Hi Karen - I've enjoyed listening to this message and the past few also.

When I was younger, I somehow got it in my head that the phrase "God is in control" meant that God wouldn't let bad things happen to me; that everything would be "Fine".

After several experiences in a deep PIT, I finally learned the truth that even WHEN life is hard, God can still be trusted. Some answers I may never see in this lifetime, but that doesn't mean that God has lost his hold on me. Those times in the pit have always, eventually, brought me closer to God and deepened my faith.

Thank you for the reminder today to keep trusting even when we can't see the whole picture.

Irritable Mother said...

Patricia - Thanks. I'm glad to hear it. *grin*
Indeed, where would we be without His mercy and faithfulness???

Chris - I think that's what a lot of people believe. That once you're a Christian - life will be smooth and easy. And it just doesn't work that way.
But, like you've experienced, the pits grow us so much. And though they are often painful to endure - I am so thankful for the work God has done in me through them. Wouldn't want to go back to being the person I was before the trial!
Thanks for visiting today.

luvmy4sons said...

So important a message. Thanks again for being such a light for Christ. Faith...the faith chapter...of to read of it is one thing...to live it out fully in the moment of faith testing is another, is it not? Hugs and blessings.

Irritable Mother said...

Leslie - Ah, yes. Reading it is much different than living it. To be sure!
That's why I've got to keep in reading it - so when I need to 'live it,' I KNOW it!

Beth.. One Blessed Nana said...

i need lots of repetition to make things stick!

gianna said...

Our new pastor told us that his mom prayed for the 3 years she was saved before she died for one of her kids to go into the ministry. Then, she died, and Pastor Todd wasn't even saved yet.
NOw, he has had a vital ministry in 4 different churches (in the span of a bunch of years!)

Also, when I pray for Dane's ear to be able to hear, is it important to believe that God will heal it so that Dane can hear? Or will God bless the obedient heart even if it doesn't really think it's going to change. I believe that God CAN heal his ear. I just don't necessarily expect Him to. is that not trusting God?

Angie Muresan said...

Still trusting God, because He proves over and over again, how marvelous He is.

Irritable Mother said...

Beth - Me, too. That's why I'm so thankful God is so patient.

Gianna - That's hugely encouraging about your pastor. I LOVE stories like that one!
Ah, your question about Dane is a hard one. There are many examples in the Bible when Jesus points to faith producing healing, and lack of faith hindering it.
So, you believe God CAN do it, but you don't necessarily expect Him to. I'm not sure I would call that a lack of faith - a lack of trusting God.
My follow-up questions to your statement would be, Do you believe He is going to do what is best? Even if Dane's hearing is NOT restored, will you still trust God? Will you still believe He can and does act according to our best interests in His perfect will? In other words, if God doesn't abide by YOUR will, will you still trust Him?
Geeze, I could keep going, but I feel like I'm starting another post here! *grin*
I hope these thoughts are helpful.

Angie - Yes, He is and He does!

gianna said...

I DO believe He will do what is best. That helps a lot! Thanks for your thoughts!

Edie said...

I like Gianna's questions here. I think we all struggle with questions of what faith actually is and what it really means to Trust God. There is a whole post (or three) floating around in my head on that subject too. :)

I'm glad God put this topic on your heart and kept it there. I need a lot of reminders and encouragement in this area right now. When He takes me to the next level of faith, I find myself re-thinking everything all over again.

Thanks!

Irritable Mother said...

Gianna - You're welcome.

Edie - I look forward to reading those posts when they make it from your head out through your fingers. *wink*
I hope you'll make it back next Monday, too. I just recorded that devotion, and - uh - my heart is still 'there.'