Contributor: Reba Altizer for Rural Women Rock
Trust Reliance on the integrity, strength, ability, surety, etc., of a person or thing; confidence.
confident expectation of something; hope.
confidence in the certainty of future payment for property or goods received; credit:
I was praying about what to share today, and the Lord put this word in my heart. I know the last time I shared it was on perseverance. I feel the Lord is helping me fortify my relationship with Him. It seems like when life happens, and things are not going our way, we start wondering, "where is God?" . So many times when I feel stress and anxiety it is because I am not putting my trust in God, but in my own ability to make things happen. I don't want things to work just because I decided to make them work. I really desire God's will, and I want to put my trust in His grace to help me do His will for my Life. I decided years ago to surrender myself to Him, and I truly want Him to direct my life.
I. Trust and Faith are very similar. If we are going to trust in something and have faith in something, why not put it all in the One who knows everything .
The Message (MSG)
Faith in What We Don’t See
11 1-2 The fundamental fact of existence is that this trust in God, this faith, is the firm foundation under everything that makes life worth living. It’s our handle on what we can’t see. The act of faith is what distinguished our ancestors, set them above the crowd.
II. Trust in His ways because they are much higher than ours.
The Message (MSG)
8-11 “I don’t think the way you think.
The way you work isn’t the way I work.”
“For as the sky soars high above earth,
so the way I work surpasses the way you work,
and the way I think is beyond the way you think.
Just as rain and snow descend from the skies
and don’t go back until they’ve watered the earth,
Doing their work of making things grow and blossom,
producing seed for farmers and food for the hungry,
So will the words that come out of my mouth
not come back empty-handed.
They’ll do the work I sent them to do,
they’ll complete the assignment I gave them.
III.Build your house on the Rock
I believe we all want our life to be built on what is secure- not on something that will collapse. The only sure thing in this life is our Lord Jesus Christ. Life and circumstances will always disappoint us, but His Word will stand forever. God commands His blessing where there is unity. Be unified with Him and His presence. Take time to wait on Him. All I know, in the days we are living, it is essential for all of us who are believers to take the time to hear Him.
I was feeling so heavy last week thinking of how much I needed to get done on a particular project. I definitely had talked to the Lord about it, but I just couldn't see how it was going to get done. On Wednesday night at church I heard a great Word on the rest of God. How to get out of striving and get into His rest. This word did not change the fact that I still needed to get this stuff done, but my perspective changed. I woke up Thursday morning at 4:30 am, and just felt like I should get up and check my email. To make a long story short, by 7am I had everything that had been weighing on my mind done. I needed to communicate with colleges who live in two separate countries. When I got up to check my email, they too were online, and we were able to get busy on the things that were weighing on my mind. I felt like I lost 10 pounds. God knows the perfect time, and He sees the Big Picture! Let's put all our Trust in Him for ALL the things that come up in life, He cares!
It is my goal to build on the Rock!
The Message (MSG)
24-25 “These words I speak to you are not incidental additions to your life, homeowner improvements to your standard of living. They are foundational words, words to build a life on. If you work these words into your life, you are like a smart carpenter who built his house on solid rock. Rain poured down, the river flooded, a tornado hit—but nothing moved that house. It was fixed to the rock.
26-27 “But if you just use my words in Bible studies and don’t work them into your life, you are like a stupid carpenter who built his house on the sandy beach. When a storm rolled in and the waves came up, it collapsed like a house of cards.”