A couple things have bonked me on the head this past week…spiritual things, that is. Does that ever happen to you? You know, when the same thing/issue pops up in several different places or is mentioned by a couple people out of the blue?
This week, it’s been the idea of trusting God.
Several of my friends are facing rather tall mountains right now. A couple of friends have mentioned being down in a valley. All of them need to trust God, and they know it.
BUT it is sooooo hard. Even when we KNOW God will never fail to honor His Word and promises to His children.
Lots of praise and worship songs are written around this concept, too. Think about some of your favorite songs. What do they talk about? One of my favorites has the words, “I will praise You in this storm.” And another, “Bring on the rain.” No sunshine and roses in those words, huh? Yet, those songs bring me comfort.
Whether we read scripture or listen to music, just hearing words of comfort and trusting God brings peace.
Why is it so hard to trust God?
Truth is, I don’t know. And I wish I had the answer. I wish there was a pill we could take that made us immediately TRUST GOD!
Once I read a quote which said basically, “If you could hear Christ praying for you in the next room, would you believe that He loves you and has plans for you? Distance makes no difference. He IS praying for.”
Jesus Christ IS praying for ME in front of His FATHER GOD!
That has stuck with me for years and years. I find this week that I need to remind myself of it once again. Distance makes no difference.
Sometimes I ask God for a special “sign” that He is doing something…that He is at work on a problem I’ve prayed about. Rarely, I get a sign. Mostly, He reminds me of what has NOT happened. And that is about the best thing He can do for me.
What if you think of your “answers to prayer” in that way? Does it help?
What has NOT happened that could have…maybe could have made things worse? Easiest answer is if you are healthy, walking, talking, and able to think, then you are way ahead of hundreds of thousands of people in this world.
God also tells me He HAS given me a “sign”….it’s in His WORD. When I go to the Bible, His answers stare me right in the face. No extra signs needed.
He’s already TOLD me His plans for me are for good and not evil; He is perfecting me until the Day of Christ; I can hide in the comfort of His Wings; I can go to the Rock of my Salvation; He has provided access directly to the Throne of God where I can go without fear; He will give me wisdom if I just ask it. He HAS written the last page of the book.
And Christ IS praying for me.
Distance Makes No Difference!
by Cindy Best