How to trust an invisible, inscrutable God?
When I have a problem I often do what many of us do–I turn to Google. Sometimes the search results direct me to websites that offer a tidy solution: Trust God! Don’t Worry!
Now why didn’t I think of that?
Seriously, don't those Christian bloggers know we're seeking signposts, not platitudes? How am I supposed to believe that someone I can't see looms larger than the problem hanging over my head?
Thankfully, we have the Bible. There we get to see how people trust God in difficult circumstances:
SHADRACH, MESHACH and ABEDNEGO – I love their bold, unyielding confidence in the face of intense pressure to worship a false god (Daniel 3:16-18). How did they do it? They stood apart by standing together. The courage, counsel, and faith of a wise friend can help us stand firm in trying times.
DAVID– The story of a boy besting a giant is old hat to most of us, but how often do we think about the sixteen years he spent on the run while waiting to become king? How did he keep the faith? His close relationship with God gave him the perseverance to stay the course (2 Samuel 3:1).
GIDEON – Surprised by an unlikely promotion to commander-in-chief, Gideon peppered the angel of the Lord with questions like, “Why is this happening?” and “Where are all God’s wonders?” So how did Gideon rise to the challenge? He humbly asked for confirmation of God’s power and received the courage to trust God's promises (Judges 6:11-21).
MOSES – Moses epitomizes the reluctant hero. So how did he find the strength to lead the Israelites out of slavery? He was honest with God about his shortcomings and accepted the partner God provided to help him complete the job (Exodus 4:13-17).
ESTHER – From orphan to queen to possible martyr, Esther navigated some sizable highs and lows. How did she overcome her fear and do the right thing? Through prayer and fasting, she found the courage to speak up (Esther 4:12-16).
RAHAB – Rahab saw the writing on the wall when the Israelite spies entered Jericho. How did she know what to do? She believed God's signs and adjusted her allegiance accordingly. Her ability to adapt spared her life as well as her family’s (Joshua 2:1-14).
Besides learning that the Bible delivers better search results than Google, I now know that to trust God I need:
- Wise, courageous friends
- A close relationship with God
- Willingness to ask God for help
- A partner who has the skills I lack
- Humility to pray and fast
- Faith to adapt to changing times
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