Learning to Trust God When You Don’t Trust People

Is God trustworthy? Learning how to trust God.

 

“But you promised!”

Most people don’t like to break a promise, it’s not something we plan to do. Life happens, sometimes it becomes impossible to keep. Sometimes it’s broken through choice.

We have all probably known the disappointment of unfulfilled promises, the list I’m sure would be extensive and varied. The parent disappointing the child who had looked forward to the ice cream treat, or excited about dad/mom being there for the ball game. The employer withholding the promised pay rise or promotion. The spouse who promised to love and cherish until death do you part, now lives with someone else, or remains at home cold and indifferent.

Broken promises hurt!

It’s hard to trust when we become accustomed to broken promises, whether they come from one person or an accumulation of people. Walls erect to protect us from the let down. We listen to their words and think “Yeah, sure!” and prepare for the inevitable excuse.

God’s promises are eternal

This attitude follows us into all our relationships, including our relationship with the Lord. We want to believe Him, yet we wait for the let down. News Flash! God will not go back on His promises…EVER!  2 Corinthians 1: 20 informs us, “For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God.

Did you get that? All the promises God makes He keeps! His track record of keeping His promises is a perfect 100%; and will always be.

We can trust Him!

The Bible is full of promises from God. Promises we can stand on. Promises made a long time ago that still holds water today, and will remain true throughout eternity. Nathan the Prophet in 2 Samuel:7, gave King David a message from the Lord concerning his family and the nation of Israel. This is David’s response in the second half of verse 29.

“For you have spoken, and when you grant a blessing to your servant, O Sovereign Lord, it is an eternal blessing!”

God’s promises are not only for us today but for eternity!

Search the scriptures, get familiar with what it says and discover what He has promised. Here are a few to get you started.

Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you. Hebrews 13:5

The Lord replied, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” Exodus 33:14

All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another. Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. 1 Peter 5: 5-6

The Lord is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love. The Lord is good to all; he has compassion on all he has made. Psalm 145: 8-9

Even if my Father and Mother abandon me, The Lord will hold me close. Psalm 27: 10

“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28

“In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams.” Acts 2:17

Our Heavenly Father is compassionate. He is never going to leave, instead He chooses to go with us and gives us His rest. His plans gives us a future and a hope, others may abandon us but He will hold us close to himself. He promises if we will come to Him, He will come to us. He will pour out His Spirit on us.

We (you and I) can trust Him with….our hearts, our lives, our now and our future.

Helena

Looking to Jesus. Living in His Radiance

Share this with a friend (or the world) encourage someone today.

What promise from scripture speaks to you today? Or what promise from scripture have you held onto during a past storm in your life?

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Discovering the Riches of God

As a child I would sometimes accompany my coal miner father to the colliery a.k.a. the pit, to collect his pay from the  wages office. A cut out in the glass window allowed the wages clerk to pass the small brown envelope containing my dad’s wages to him. No direct deposits in those days. Real money in your hand.

I felt like a big girl, walking through the busy work areas on the surface of the mine. I saw the big wheel that worked the shaft elevator (also known as the cage), saw the coalminers entering and leaving the cage as they started or finished their shift. I always loved seeing the pit pony, as the appointed coalminer walked it safely through the busy work area. On the surface was the offices, the engine room and the building that housed the showers. Believe me ladies, if your man was a coalminer there was NO WAY he was coming into the house covered in coal dust. Even after their hurried shower they still came home looking as if they were wearing black eyeliner.

But for all I saw, it was still only the surface of the coal mine that I experienced. The surface was an interesting place. But the coal, the treasure, lay deep below my feet.

I wonder how many of us have settled for a surface experience in our walk with the Lord? We settle for what we can see. We get involved in the busyness of church life, we give the right churchy responses while all along we have not dug deep into getting to know Jesus and the riches of His love.

And I ask him with both feet planted firmly on love, you’ll be able to take in with all Christians the extravagant dimensions of Christ’s love. Ephesians 3 msg

To get to the riches of God, we have to leave the surface and choose to go deeper. Lord, take us deeper, show us more of your character. Show us who you are. Your love, your compassion and your grace.

As we allow His very character to saturate us on the inside. It is then, that those very same characteristics will flow out from us to others.

Time to Go

Go Down; down on our knees, to give thanks and praise for God’s provision.

Go Up; keeping our eyes looking up to our heavenly Father for His direction.

Go Out; move out of our comfort zones.

Go Beyond; beyond our self imposed boundaries.

Go forward; moving forward in our personal walk with God, into the future He has for us.

Go Deeper; deeper in the Lord than we have ever gone before.

Helena

Looking to Jesus. Living in His Radiance

 

 

 

 

 

Nurses: A Peculiar Breed/Celebrating Nurses Week

Hey everyone just incase you are not aware May 8-12th is a special week in the health care industry. It’s Nurses Week!So I write this post in honor of nurses here in the US and worldwide

Nurses are a peculiar breed, we eat and sleep at odd times of the day and night (depending on the shift). We talk about body parts and things excreted from the body while we eat our lunch, the grosser the better. Our sense of humor is a little different to most people and friends and family shouldn’t expect sympathy from us when they complain about aches and pains (we have seen far worse)….like the doctor said, ” Take two Tylenol and call me in the morning.”

We get excited over a juicy vein; I was at a July 4th celebration a few years back, a band that my neighbor knew from her younger days was playing and she wanted to get closer to see her old idol. We moved right in front of the stage, I don’t know the name of the band but I do know the lead guitarist played exceptional well. While my neighbor swooned over her idol, I couldn’t help but notice the awesome veins in his arms as he skillfully played. You would have to have poor eye sight not to stick those veins in one go.

Nurses learn to hide their emotions. When a patient is suffering they don’t need a nurse falling apart sobbing over them. They need a nurse who is level headed and takes action. I use to think I lacked compassion until I learned that compassion is not a feeling (empathy). Compassion is seeing a need and taking action to help that need.

That is exactly what nurses do. They see a need related to their patient, whether it be a physical, mental, emotional or spiritual and they find a way to help them. They are the patient’s advocate, they speak up for the patient and help connect them with the appropriate team member.

The Good Samaritan (read Luke 10:30-35) was compassionate, he saw a need and did what was in his power to help. He gave first aid to the victim on the side of the road, then took him to the Inn where he paid the Innkeeper to take care of the man until his return. My guess is the Innkeeper was too busy looking after his customers to tend to a sick person, so I wonder who he would of hired to nurse the gentleman back to health? Someone with nursing skills?

If you know a nurse (other than me), please take a moment out of your busy schedule to send them a note expressing your appreciation of their service.

Do you have a LPN or RN as a family member or friend? Perhaps you have been a patient and a particular nurse stood out to you? Would love to hear from you in the comments.

We can all be compassionate, see a need and go into action.

Helena

Looking to Jesus. Living in His Radiance