This is the fifth devotion on trusting God. If you want to read the first four devotions on trusting God, please click here.
Psalm 31:14 “But I trust in You, O LORD; I say, ‘You are my God.’”
There are two sides to trusting God: 1) Making your God bigger
2) Making yourself smaller. Trusting God is often darkened by the sin in your life. The previous four devotions showed how to make your God bigger in your life. The next three devotions will aid you in making yourself smaller by helping you identify and overcome sin in your life. Holding onto sin makes it difficult to trust God. Our world does not look positively on you making yourself look smaller in the eyes of men. The systems of this world celebrate the elevation of self. On the other hand, God’s work and presence in a Christian’s life is elevated as he/she learns to totally submit to Him in Lordship. This struggle of drawing close to God as you break the bonds of sin will allow you to grow smaller as God grows bigger in your life. Our society glorifies self-made heroes who overcome all obstacles no matter the odds. God, on the other hand, glorifies those who can stand down, so that God can stand up in their lives.
As much as I want to live in the triumphant presence of God’s trust, I have sin in my life that erodes my ability to trust in Him. The next three devotions will focus on those areas. Our minds are filled with life stories of erosion that undermine our ability to trust God. These are stories of trauma, addiction, bad habits, incorrect teaching, poor examples, embedded sin, habitual sin and more. As much as we hate these stories of our life, we too often revert to them instead of living a life that is called to trust God. These stories in our past corrode and corrupt our ability to trust God. Subconsciously we question God’s ability to cope with our corrosive past. The question is not about God’s ability, but about our willingness to trust Him. God is all in, but we have only allowed ourselves to be partially in because of past and present sin. The unfortunate thing is we inadvertently allow our corrupted past and present tell God to stand down, while we try to cope with our corrosive past. This whole series of teaching is meant to lead you to a more vibrant faith in Christ that not only trusts Him, but also releases Him to be the God of your life. These next three devotions will help you destroy the corrupted stories that occupy and often control your current life. Let’s end by looking again at Psalm 31 of how David exemplifies trusting God on the positive side, but struggling with some of his personal corroded narratives of sin that made it difficult for him to trust God:
Psalm 31:9-13 “Be merciful to me, O LORD, for I am in distress; my eyes grow weak with sorrow, my soul and my body with grief. My life is consumed by anguish and my years by groaning; my strength fails because of my affliction, and my bones grow weak. Because of all my enemies, I am the utter contempt of my neighbors; I am a dread to my friends — those who see me on the street flee from me. I am forgotten by them as though I were dead; I have become like broken pottery. For I hear the slander of many; there is terror on every side; they conspire against me and plot to take my life.”
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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.”