Trusting God Now – Really?

Yes, really. While pondering trust this week, it is apparent that many people may not want to trust God right now. How could He allow this to happen? I can understand this thought process. However, at this time, God is the only one you can trust. Psalm 20:7 – “Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.”

What is trust? Reliance on the integrity, strength, ability, surety, etc., of a person or thing; confidence; hope. Also defined as a person on whom or thing on which one relies.These characteristics do speak of our God but don’t even come close to the praise and honor due Him. God is the ultimate definition of integrity, strength, ability and surety. If there was anyone to put your confidence in, it is God. We cannot allow the circumstances to define God. Zechariah 4:6 – Then he said to me, “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the Lord of hosts.”

Of course, we have been through this and much worse with all the wars, bubonic plague, as well as other diseases and natural disasters that have wiped out millions. But God is still God. Our hope in God cannot just be for this earth, but for eternity. We are body, soul and spirit and our soul is eternal. Our body will return to dust and our spirit returns to the Lord. Ecclesiastes 12:7 – “and the dust returns to the earth as it was, and the spirit returns to God who gave it.” There is the need here to focus on the priority that is within our control, our eternal soul. That destination is heaven or hell. Everyone may not believe this but I do.

In trusting God, our soul has peace. Isaiah 26:3-4 – “3You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You. 4Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord God is an everlasting rock.” I have been very much at peace during this pandemic because I do trust that God has me, whether I live or die. Don’t get me wrong. I don’t want to leave at this minute. But it is evident that we all will die one day. There is an allotment of time for each of us and God has the calling card. With that said, it is encouraging that God loves us so much that He provided the means of reconciliation for our souls. How awesome is that!

During this pandemic, I have been more focused on making sure to stay in the Word daily and pray daily. I minimize the news and other media reports that would keep us in fear. 2 Timothy 1:7 – for God gave us a spirit not of fear, but of power and love and self-control.” We cannot keep our trust in God when we fuel ourselves with the negative. I trust that God will bring me through, whatever the situation. God can be trusted because He is faithful, keeps His promises, and loves us beyond what we can imagine.

Psalm 145:13 – “Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and Your dominion endures throughout all generations. The Lord is faithful in all His words and kind in all His works.”

Today’s Thoughts…Jehovah-Jireh

20160423_174620Spent most of the afternoon enjoying the writings of my blogging community. I so enjoy reminders of faith, hope and love. As well, the various tips and information that help and encourage along this spiritual and writing journey. I have included some of the posts here for you to have your own reading pleasure.

Regurgitated Church

Fairy Tale Endings

Moments of True Blessing

A short walk with my Canon

Calibrating the Mind

There is a lot going on in the world today, from the death of the iconic artists to the crazy presidential race. In the midst of it all, I did take time to be grateful for the small things. The image above is one of those things. I absolutely love the beauty of nature and this image was one that gave me pleasure. I took the image at a customer’s home, with her permission, of course. Taking a minute or two from my driving to capture nature’s beauty.

In having to make a decision on a second job inside or outside, I chose the outside. It is a second driving job and though it has the pros as well as the cons, I realized that I do not want to give up my writing or photography. I would not have the opportunity to capture as many of the beautiful images that I see on an inside job for most of the day. It was a challenging decision in that I have to wait a little longer and I do have some urgency for additional finances. In the grand scheme of things, wisdom in decision-making is considering the long-term as well as the short-term results of our decisions.

Trusting God as my provider means that I can make a decision based on Him and not my circumstances. I trust Him to take care of me and provide even when I can’t see how. I’m still here, aren’t I? That means God has provided.

I also thought about my commitment to my writing. There are sacrifices for what God has called me to do. I do notice also that in the transforming of my mind to the things of God, the anxiety is lessening to nil. When it rises, I immediately see that my flesh wants to take control but it doesn’t have to. Transforming my mind means, to me, that I am trusting Him for the unseen things for my life. That I am trusting Him for what He has given me and honoring Him with it. And, that I am standing on who He is in my life, Jehovah-Jireh, my provider.

Looking Out of Your Window

Girl in the WindowWhat do you see when you look out of your window? Gathering insight from the various bloggers on their view of their world, I thought this question would be thought-provoking regarding the world we live in and the current state of affairs. Do you see a world of hope or disaster? Do you see the hand of God moving regardless of what it looks like? Do you see the world as your permanent place or just a temporary place of residence? Do you see your part or role as significant in the world today? Do you see yourself helping others in this journey we are on? Do you see yourself as a vessel of God to be used for His glory? What do you see?

I posted the image above in a previous post about the girl in the window. However, I was playing around this morning and the thought came to me to use this image to ask the questions. As I read the Word daily with a new perspective, read the blogging community as well as reading other books, ever learning, I want to make sure that what I see is from God’s perspective.
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This “Self” is a Hard Pill to Swallow

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Self-reliance is a very hard habit to break. I remember when I took the art and humanities class in college and the historical information was about the evolving self. From the beginning of time, the goal of humanity has been to do without God. In the expression of art and humanities such as psychology, the evolution has been to focus on self (our abilities, our mind, our desires, our flesh). “Watch and pray lest you enter into temptation,. The spirit is indeed willing, but the flesh is weak.” (Matthew 26:41, NKJV). Jesus found it necessary to remind His disciples. I speak about the flesh today, the natural man who looks to do things his way no matter what. But I also speak to the spirit man of those who know that we can do nothing (no thing) outside of God. What He allows us to do, even when we don’t consider the consequences, is about Him and not us; about us drawing closer to Him, trusting Him, leaning on Him and glorifying Him, not self. There are several Scriptures that come to mind as I write today.
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