Thursday ~ February 21, 2019: Trust is NOT an Easy Thang!

Trust is an easy word to use and any easy thing to expect from others, but it is not and never will be an easy thang! Trust is not just something cool that happens. Trust is not easy. Trust as a noun, by def, is a firm belief in the reliability, truth, ability, or strength of someone or something. The verb form of trust is actively believing in the reliability, truth, ability, or strength of someone or something.

Someone recently implied, for the second time, Alzheimer’s, henceforth known as the A Word, might be a part of my life because I let the devil get his foot in the door. They went on to share that they would never let that happen. That supposition is completely offensive to everything I believe in and hold in my heart to be true of God.

If I trust God and I do, then I must trust HIM with everything. I cannot pick and choose. I would not want to pick and choose. Trust is blanket coverage. I trust HIM to watch over and protect my children and their children, I trust HIM to guide my husband’s leadership over our home and all that entails, I trust HIM to get me through each and every day. I quite literally could not survive this issue without complete trust in HIM.

Two things came to mind when this came up for the second time in conversation. The first was Job. Yes, the devil did approach God after trying to find someone to destroy. Please note God suggested Job to the devil. HE told satan that he could touch everything connected to Job but that he could not take his life. Why on earth would God do such a thing to a man who devoted his life to God? Trust! God knew that Job’s love and trust was firm in the God who created him. And God’s trust in Job was unshakeable!

The devil made a run at Job that lasted for months and would have left most of us in a puddle of surrender. God’s trust in Job was reciprocal. Job trusted God to see him through. God did not intervene. Yet, Job knew God had his back and when it was all over Job’s latter was greater than the former because God rewarded his trust. God will always reward those who trust in HIM!

The second idea that came to mind was the hours Jesus spent on the cross. HE was GOD! HE could have called thousands of angels. HE could have released HIMself from the suffering. But trust in the plan kept HIM there. Trust granted HIM the ability to remain while they drove in those huge spikes. Trust sustained HIM through it all. Even when HE cried out in pain, feeling forsaken, trust kept HIM in place to fulfill God’s plan. When the time came, HE laid down his own life because of trust. HE trusted in the plan. The plan was our salvation!

I am not equating my life or what I am going through in any way to Job and Jesus. God forbid. I am saying if they could trust with all they went through, surely I can trust with my pittance of suffering. First and foremost, I do not believe anything comes my way but what it has passed through HIS hands. In the midst of Job’s suffrage he asked why we would think we can only accept the good things from God’s hands. (Job 2:10)

God’s hand was on Joseph from the beginning but he was betrayed, sold as a slave, and thrown into prison but in the end knew that it had all been a part of God’s perfect will for his life. While God has a perfect will for our lives, it does not mean, nor even imply that all will be well all the time. If it was not so in the life of Christ, why should we be expect a perfect hunky-dory life? It is not about HIS love for us. He loved Job and Joseph and they are just a couple of folks the Bible tells us who rolled through some tough times. When we suffer it is not a reflection on love. HIS love for us is boundless and endless.

Sometimes, the test is not in the questions we can get right, but in our attitude during the testing period. Can we roll with tough times? Can we still trust HIS hand when we cannot see where HIS hand is leading us? Or must we always believe only good things will happen to Christians? That’s not what my Bible tells me. “And we know all things work together for good to them that love God, to them that are called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28. This means that anything that comes your way, good or bad, will be for your spiritual strengthening if you are serving God and walking in HIS purpose for your life. It does not mean, nor even imply that everything coming your way will be awesome or even financially beneficial, as some believe. It just means whether the things you go through are good, bad or ugly, they will make you stronger and be good for your soul. That gives me immense comfort, y’all!

“Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father.” Matthew 10:29. If my Heavenly Father cares about one precious sparrow’s life, can I trust that HE also cares, sees and knows everything I experience? Of course, I can and I should! 

I serve a Sovereign God. I know HE is in total control of my life and I trust HIM to be working all things together for my good. For my growth. For my soul. For my eternity. I cannot be plucked from HIS hand, (John 10:29), but I can suffer. My life eternally belongs to God. This body can be destroyed and I will continue to trust in my Creator.

Trust is not an easy thang! It should be a building block of your foundational relationship with God and with others. Trust can weather a lot of storms. Trust stands the test of time. Trust is a treasure. I do not trust easily. If someone puts their trust it me, I consider it a sacred gift. It’s not a something to be used or granted unwisely. It takes hard work, faith, and hindsight. Be careful with trust but know this ~ God can be trusted to always do what is good for you. I look back over my life at all the times HE had my back and I was completely unaware. That faithfulness demands my trust. Sometimes I look at the life I am living and wonder how what I hold in my hands came about from what I pictured my life to be at this point. But God. HE had another plan. I trust HIS plan over my dreams every time.

I have a firm belief in HIS reliability, HIS truth, HIS ability, and HIS strength and am actively believing and trusting HIM! Yes, HE could’ve prevented these health issues. Yes, HE can heal me at any time. But if HE is trusting me to stay faithful even in the bad? I am trusting HIM to see me through to the good! Trust! I do and will! No matter what! I would not dream of telling what HE can or cannot allow. But I will tell HIM every day that I am trusting HIM to see all of us safely to the other side. Trust! HE can handle it!

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