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Trust Issues – Part 2

Of Trust and Trees (When Trust is Misplaced)

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Once burned by misplaced trust, many will turn inward, trusting only in themselves. I tend to withdraw and disengage for a while when I have been betrayed. I take a step back and watch the world through wary eyes. God doesn’t want us to go through life suspicious, angry, or resentful — but he does want us to place our trust in him alone.

“With all your heart you must trust the Lord and not your own judgment.”  (Proverbs 3:5 CEV)

“And those who know your name put their trust in you, for you, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek you.”  (Psalm 9:10 ESV)

Trust placed in God will never be betrayed. He will not let us down. Not only can we trust him in all things and in all ways, he will help us. We can let go of our vengeful attitudes, knowing that God will make it all right in the end.

“Commit everything you do to the Lord. Trust him, and he will help you. He will make your innocence radiate like the dawn, and the justice of your cause will shine like the noonday sun.” (Psalm 37:5-6 NLT)

“Don’t hit back; discover beauty in everyone. If you’ve got it in you, get along with everybody. Don’t insist on getting even; that’s not for you to do. “I’ll do the judging,” says God. “I’ll take care of it.” (Romans 12:19 MSG)

God wants us to put every bit of our faith in him — not in our family members, or our closest friends — or even our spouses. Every relationship in our lives should be secondary to our relationship with him. While we know this in theory, it’s not as easy to put into daily practice as we’d often hope. We are to love God with all our heart, soul, strength and mind. (Luke 10:27) All of it.

“Blessed is the man who makes the Lord his trust, who does not turn to the proud, to those who go astray after a lie!” (Psalm 40:4 ESV)

Unlike the desert wastelands we experience when we place our trust in flawed humans, if we trust in the Lord, we are like lush trees surrounded by life-giving water. Our obedience will be rewarded. There are no worries if our trust is placed correctly. Instead of struggling to get by, our growth will be constant and we can focus on bearing fruit.

“But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.” (Jeremiah 17:7-8 NIV)

Do you have unresolved trust issues? What can you do today to trust God more? 

 

 

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Change

Speed

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The older I get, the more I struggle with change. In my twenties, I craved it. In my thirties, it was still new and exciting. But now, pushing fifty … not so much. And it happens faster than ever these days.

I had a great-aunt who was born in 1880s and lived into the 1980s. The child of pioneers, my Aunt Ora traveled across the prairie in a wagon. She also witnessed the advent of television, computers and space travel. Although from my perspective, she always looked the same—with neatly-coifed silver hair, a pillbox hat, a prim dress and no-nonsense shoes—she had experienced amazing change in her lifetime.

Two generations behind her, I have still seen substantial change. My childhood was spent largely playing outdoors, unencumbered by any electronic devices. My first boyfriend did have an Atari Pong game, but it wasn’t enough to distract him for long. I watched my first VHS video at a high school party. My world was rocked when I got my hands on the brand new Macintosh SE my last year of college. I even managed to finish college without once having a conversation interrupted by a cell phone call.

Now, in a career that has spanned more than 25 years, I’ve owned more computers and software upgrades than I can count. At first, I latched onto each new innovation with anticipation. At any given moment, I could take advantage of a smart phone, my beloved Kindle, my laptop or my desktop computer—or a combination simultaneously. Now, I’m over it. I admit it. I’m tired. I just want to get off the ride. This city girl has moved to the country. We live in a cellular dead zone. And I love it. I crave a simpler life.

In this fast-paced, ever-changing world, it’s comforting to know that our God never changes. We can count on him no matter what. Amid the swirling sands of change, we have a foothold.

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. James 1:17

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. Hebrews 13:8

In this imperfect world, change isn’t always for the better—but Bible scholar, Arthur Pink, nailed it for me when he wrote: “God cannot change for the better, for He is already perfect; and being perfect, He cannot change for the worse.” Unlike the shifting environment our lives are tossed by, there is One we can count on—a constant, soothing source of peace we can rely on.

Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken. Psalm 62:6

Where you do find comfort when constant change starts to wear you down?

I'll admit it. These days, I'd often rather just stay in my safe, little cocoon.

I’ll admit it. These days, I’d often rather just stay in my safe, little cocoon.


An Unearthly Desire

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You complete me. We’ve all laughed at that trite phrase, right? But it struck me today, that even though most of us have mocked the idea, it’s exactly what we want the most— to feel complete. There is something we lack on our own.

In some ways, my circle of friends completes me. We share interests. It’s a give and take that is mutually beneficial. My friends know how to comfort me like no one else. My family members are also an important part of who I am. They share my genetic makeup and understand me in a way no others can. My husband is my partner for life. He loves and accepts me for better or worse. But—even though I find it difficult to imagine a life without my family and friends, not one of them completes me. Deep inside, I am still searching for more than any earthly being can provide.

For the first 30 years of my life, I looked in all the wrong places for that sense of completion. It took many years of maturing before I began to understand that I was largely motivated by my desire for love and acceptance. My parents were not verbally or physically demonstrative with their love [read about my path to forgiveness]. They set the bar for achievement and obedience very high and no matter how hard I tried, I always felt that I fell short of it. I knew they cared about me, but I was always left wanting. I had a longing that couldn’t be satisfied and it gave me a restless spirit. I went from dating relationship to dating relationship, always searching and never fulfilled.

So it’s no surprise that when it comes to apologetics, I identify the most with the argument from desire. It was my own path to discovering a personal relationship with Christ. The argument from desire follows this logic:

1. Every natural, innate desire in us corresponds to some real object that can satisfy that desire.

2. But there exists in us a desire which nothing in time, nothing on earth, no creature can satisfy.

Conclusion: If the object of this desire does not exist in this world, it must exist in another.

This argument doesn’t prove anything—the knowing can only come with growing faith—but it certainly verbalized the longing that had kept me searching for that feeling of completeness—the feeling that was always seemed just beyond my grasp.

Each of us has a hunger that cannot be satiated by anything of this world. If it could, life would be much less interesting. It’s the quest for that missing part of ourselves that keeps us going. Most of the time, we don’t even know what it is we’re searching for. We just yearn for more. How many times have you heard the complaint, “There must be more to life.”

Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved. Acts 16:31

Then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose. Philippians 2:2

We are romantics searching the world over for our one true love, and we won’t be truly satisfied until we find that one. For me that search is over.  My greatest desire was to be reunited with my Creator. Once I made that discovery, I viewed the world with fresh eyes. It was suddenly clear that the world was not a source for fulfillment, but a lavish display of my Creator’s love for me.

Set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. Colossians 3:1-3

“If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world.” — C.S. Lewis