Every word of God proves true; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him. Proverbs 30:5
I know it’s not Friday, but I started preaching to myself from the April Topical Trusting God Bible Reading Challenge and God whispered to my heart. Yes. Share that.
Some think religion is for sissies, wimps or the faint of heart. I know a few people who believe that it’s crazy to believe in God when you can’t see him. How do you believe in what you cannot see? Faith. Faith has the power to move mountains. (Matthew 17:20) Then what does it mean to trust God? Trusting God means that we believe he is who he says he is and he will do what he says he will do.
For Christians, we believe he is who he says he is. The God of the universe saved our souls when we believed in him, received his free gift of salvation, and trusted him for an eternal home in heaven.
But the struggle often lies in trusting God with our daily affairs.
I believe that struggle begins with the first portion of the verse above.
Every Word of God Proves True
As Christians, we believe God’s Word. But two things happen at this critical point of knowing every word of God is true.
First, we often don’t know what God’s Word says. So we form our own opinions and then try to fit our opinions in the Bible somewhere. And when what we believe doesn’t fit with what God says, we’re upset. We think: Why didn’t God do such and such? or Why did God do such and such?
We must know God’s Word to believe God’s Word. That’s why Bible reading and study are so vital to daily Christian life.
How can we base our beliefs on the truth of the Bible if we don’t even know what it says?
The second problem is that we like to pick and choose the parts we want to believe. We forget about “every word” and snag the ones that fit our own agendas. We cherry pick the Bible and then wonder why the jam we make from the pickings is bitter.
Every word. Not some. Not a few. Every word of God is true. So how can we pick and choose which verses we want to believe? How is it that we trust God for eternal salvation but fail to trust him for everyday solutions?
he is a shield to those who take refuge in him…
Oh Friend, this morning I woke up with a heavy burden after receiving some news late last night. The news is not devastating, just disappointing and the struggle was real this morning before I even got out of bed.
- Am I trusting God for his hand in daily affairs or not?
- Do I believe that every word of God is true?
- Do I believe that he knows every detail of the situation and has the best plan for our family’s good and his glory? (Thank you for the reminder yesterday, Pastor Dale and Pastor Ken!)
So I ran to Jesus- the shield to those who take refuge in him.
The choice is yours today as well.
Run and take refuge or resist and gain nothing.
What struggle keeps you from believing that God’s plan is best for your good and his glory?