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GROWING IN CHRIST

"Trusting God - Confidence"

Date published: 05/01/2020

This is the fourth devotion on trusting God.  If you missed last week’s devotion on trusting God, click here.  For the previous one before that in this series you can continue scrolling down to “Trusting God – Relationship.”

 

Psalm 31:14 “But I trust in You, O LORD; I say, ‘You are my God.’”

 

   The final area of trusting God is to live in the confidence of who your God is.  As your identity in Christ grows and is strengthened, you will more easily trust God regardless of the cost.  More difficult times require a faith that lives not only in the reality that God is there and loves you, but also that you are firmly in His hands.  The following five Scriptures help challenge your faith to go deeper and help you live more courageously and confidently in God’s hands.

 

  1. Do you live life learning to protect yourself from the unknown?  Your position in Psalm 28:7 challenges you to make God your protector: The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in Him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to Him in song.”  While the things of this world provide protection, they never provide absolute protection.  Living with this understanding calls you to allow God to be your ultimate protector.
  2. Most peoples’ faith crumbles with the slightest loss or discomfort.  The confidence of trust that Isaiah 26:4 describes is solid no matter the conditions: Trust in the LORD forever, for the LORD, the LORD, is the Rock eternal.  Just before dying in Acts 6:15 Stephen was still glorifying God: “All who were sitting in the Sanhedrin looked intently at Stephen, and they saw that his face was like the face of an angel.”  He touched those around him, as well as his persecutors, with his confident radiance in Christ.  
  3. Your hiding place in Psalm 32:7 is one with finality: You are my hiding place; You will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance.  Life will happen, but the finality of life rests only in God’s hands.  Your ultimate confidence, regardless of the cost, is in your God.  You can trust God because He is always faithful to care for His children.
  4. 1 Peter 2:23 shows how Jesus dealt with the finality of His life: When they hurled their insults at Him, He did not retaliate; when He suffered, He made no threats.  Instead, He entrusted Himself to Him who judges justly.  This is the ultimate question of life, “To whom do you entrust yourself?”  Each person’s finality will come, but the open question is, “In whom have you placed your hope?”  Live as Jesus did by placing your hope in the eternal instead of the temporal. 
  5. The last Scripture sums up trusting God with confidence.  Hebrews 11:1 shows that your life in Christ is only actualized by learning to live by faith: “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.”  Your life in Christ cannot be contingent on God proving who He is.  Every step of trust is a step into the unknown; but, more importantly, it is a step into the hands of God.  It is this step into the unknown that allows God to be God in your life.  You transition from measuring the reality of God by the temporal, worthless things of this world to experiencing the reality of God by the outpouring of His love, grace and work in your life.  God is infinitely more than you weighing His existence in your life in dollars, relationships, and prestige.  God is the inexhaustible Creator of our temporal existence on this earth as well as our eternal existence with our indescribable God!

 

Proverbs 3:5-7 “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.   Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and shun evil.”

 

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Here are some Bible studies from Growing in Christ to help your transformative experience in this area:  “Hard Times” and “Satisfaction.”