Choosing to Trust
Choosing to Trust
Each of us during our lifetimes will make many decisions. Most of the decision will be made on emotional feelings. Some of these decisions will benefit us, some of these decisions will be harmful to us. And some of those decisions will change our destiny.
William Jennings Bryan said: “Destiny is not a matter of chance; it is a matter of choice.”
We can use the Bible to make realistic and encouraging decisions. What are the causes of suffering? Scripture is the key source where we can discover some of the answers. Scripture is both realistic and encouraging. From the Bible we get great encouragement. It provides us God’s plan in His purpose for mankind. Jesus Christ tells us that His mission includes the offer for the abundant life. John 10:10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. Psalm 16:11 You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
God tells us how we can lighten our burdens and how relief will one day come to the whole world. He also tells us of a time when suffering will completely disappear. Suffering is an inextricable part of this life. John 16:33 I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”
Historians; Will and Ariel Durant wrote that in 3,421 years of recorded history only 268 years have seen no war. War causes deaths and crippling injuries on the battlefield, heartbreak, destruction of family and poverty. It sows the seeds of enemies that last for centuries. Matthew 24:6 And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not alarmed, for this must take place, but the end is not yet. Matthew 24:21–22 For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been from the beginning of the world until now, no, and never will be. 22 And if those days had not been cut short, no human being would be saved. But for the sake of the elect those days will be cut short. Nothing has changed in human nature that offers much enduring hope for the future.
We have to let go of our feelings before we can experience God’s faithfulness. While we are waiting for the results of a CAT scan, we can choose to be apprehensive and anxious, or we can choose not to be downcast. Three times in our lives my wife and I have waited for the results of such a test. Psalm 42:11 Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God. Like David we can choose not to be downcast. Psalm 56:3 When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.
David was a warrior, a man of courage and great skill. The historical narrative of Psalms 56 is in 1 Samuel 21:1-12. David was very much afraid of the King of Gath. The Philistines had seized him. Repeatedly in Psalm 56 David says “I will trust in you and not be afraid” David’s declaration in Psalms 23:4 “I will fear no evil”. This is equivalent to “I will trust in God in the face of evil”.
Psalm 16:8 I have set the LORD always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken. David is saying here “he is recognizing God’s presence and God’s constant help”. This is something that we must do. But it is one of the most difficult things to do.
Margaret Clarkston, in speaking of how we may begin to accept adversity in our lives said: “Always it is initiated by an act of will on our parts; we set ourselves to believe in the overruling goodness, Providence, and sovereignty of God and refused to turn aside no matter what may come, no matter how we feel.” Are you a prisoner of your feelings? Do you mistakenly think you cannot trust God unless you feel like trusting him? It is very difficult to do in times of adversity. Learning that trusting God is a matter of the will and does not depend on your feelings is very difficult to do.
Choose to trust God and your feelings will follow. We must know that God is sovereign, wise, and loving. We must choose to believe the truth about God that has been revealed to us in His Holy word. We must say to Him “I will trust You though I do not feel like doing so.”
What decision did you make while not trusting God that turned out for your good?
How many times in your life you make a decision while not trusting God that turned out for your good?