God is Trustworthy
God is Trustworthy
Trusting God is based upon the fact that God is absolutely trustworthy. That is why we talked about the sovereignty, wisdom, and love of God in earlier blogs. Scripture bears out these facts, we must believe these facts if we have any hope of trusting God and feeling His presence in our lives. We may sometimes lose a sense of God’s presence and help during these times. We must remember God’s promise to us that He is always there for us.
Job in his distress could not find God. Job 23:8–10 “Behold, I go forward, but he is not there, and backward, but I do not perceive him; 9 on the left hand when he is working, I do not behold him; he turns to the right hand, but I do not see him. 10 But he knows the way that I take; when he has tried me, I shall come out as gold. Job was wavering between trust and doubt. Job couldn’t find God anywhere. God had completely withdrawn from Job the sense of His presence. Job believed though he couldn’t see Him that God was watching over him and would bring him through this trial as purified gold. We may have the same experience as Job, the inability to find God anywhere. God will at times seem to hide Himself from us.
Isaiah said: Isaiah 45:15 Truly, you are a God who hides himself, O God of Israel, the Savior. Don’t be surprised if during your suffering God does not seem to be anywhere. Learn from Job and Isaiah so that we are not totally surprised and dismayed. We must remember His promise: Hebrews 13:5 ……. “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” He may hide Himself from our sense of His presence but He never allows our adversities to hide us from Him. He may allow us to pass through the deep water and the fire but He will be with us in them. I have used this passage several times before. Isaiah 43:2 When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you.
Because God will never leave you nor forsake you Peter tells us: 1 Peter 5:7 casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. This Scripture may be too familiar to us. Sometimes Scripture like this one seems to familiar, and consequently so elementary that we often pass right by it. It is like knowing that one plus one equals 2. It happens to be the most foundational truth in mathematics. Without that truth we couldn’t have algebra, calculus, and all the higher forms of mathematics. Always remember that God cares for you.
Not only will He never leave you, that’s the negative side of the promise, but He cares for you. He is not just there with you He cares for you. His care is constant, not occasional or sporadic. His care is total, even the very hairs of your head are numbered. His care is sovereign nothing can touch you that He does not allow. His care is infinitely wise and good so that again in the words of John Newton. “If it were possible for me to alter any part of His plan, I could only spoil it.”
We must learn to cast our anxiety on Him. The term “cast” is a word that requires some effort on our part. Experience tells us it is no easy matter to give our cares to Him. We come back to the matter of choice. We must have a will of dependence on the Holy Spirit and say, “Lord I choose to give this matter to You, but I cannot do this on my own. I will trust Your spirit to enable me to cast my anxiety on You not to take it back upon myself.” Trust is a healthy act of the soul by which we choose to hold onto the promises of God and cling to them despite the adversity that at times overwhelms us. When we are experiencing adversity, we can call to mind: Psalm 50:15 and call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify me.” This is a promise we can claim and take God at His word and believe that He will deliver you in His own way. God keeps His promises. They cannot fail because He cannot lie. In order to realize the peace, we are intended to give we must choose to believe them. Make the effort to cast our anxiety upon Him.
In what adversity in your life have you failed to acknowledge that God is trustworthy?