Welcome to the Bible reading challenge summary for week 2 of Trusting God, our April topical Bible reading challenge. The reading was so wonderful this week! Let’s take a peek at the play by play.
Isaiah 26 is a song of celebration for the Israelites. Verses 3&4 both use the keyword “trust” and talk about how great God is- he is worthy of our trust. But the phrase that stood out to me in this passage appears in verse 3:
You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.
The key to trust? Not to allow our minds stray from placing our trust elsewhere. That was food for thought for me!
Psalm 37 opens with the command not to fret. Worry is the enemy of trust. So when we keep ourselves overly concerned with anyone or anything, then our trust in the Lord is affected. My favorite verse from this section of the chapter:
Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him, and he will act.
This week I read this verse and then posted the above to instagram. I went on my merry way for the day and then noticed as I walked past the same flowers that the Lord was giving us an example of his action for the day. Look what happened:
Did you have a moment to experience how God was acting on your behalf this week?
This section of Psalm 37 outlines many of God’s characteristics that prove to us he is worthy of our trust. He upholds the righteous, he delights in establishing the steps of men… this continues to the end of the chapter….
He loves justice, he will not forsake his people, he is a stronghold in time of trouble! This entire chapter encourages trusting God because he is worthy of our trust!
What verse or thought did you have in this chapter that encouraged you to trust God more? Is there a particular area in your life with which you know you’ve not been trusting God?
John 14 is a beautiful passage of Scripture that includes one of my favorite quotes of Jesus.
““I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
You know what I find interesting? Thomas is the one who gets a bad rap for being the doubter, right? How many sermons have you heard about Thomas and his request to feel the nail scars in the hands of Jesus? As someone who grew up in church, for me, it’s a ton. But here’s what Philip said to Jesus:
Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us.”
So Thomas was a doubter, but Philip? He just laid it out to Jesus. “Show us God and we’re good.” I don’t know about you, but if I were Jesus, I would have been extremely frustrated with this guy. Don’t you think Jesus was thinking “I am God. You’re looking at him. Have you learned nothing?” Thankfully, Jesus doesn’t think like I do. But seriously, Philip was the disciple whose job was to push the easy button. Boom. Done. And that wouldn’t be so ludicrous, except, isn’t that just what we do today? We pray prayers like “God, you just show me and I’m done.” Meanwhile, God could be standing right in front of us and we don’t recognize him.
How do you feel about Philip’s desire to trust God if he could just see him?
I love this section of the chapter and the special note Jesus makes of sending the Holy Spirit to be our helper.
What role does the Holy Spirit play in helping you know that God loves us and wants the best for us?
Jesus explains all the reasons he should be trusted and why his Father in heaven is worthy of trust. The Creator of the universe, he has kept his promise from the beginning to redeem his people. How do people know to trust him? Because God is love.
Wow- what a wonderful week of studying God’s Word on the topic of trusting him! I can’t wait to read about what you learned this week as you read the passages.
What did you learn this week through the reading? Have a fantastic Friday!