Sunday, November 4, 2012

Questions, Doubts, and Trusting God

Has God ever done something in your life that really just didn’t make sense?

Has He ever asked you to go through something or give up something or commit your life to Him when it seemed like everything He was doing contradicted everything about Him?

If so, you’re not alone. 

Men and women of faith throughout time have faced these challenges.

But they stood firm, they kept on believing, they obeyed, they lived content, because they discovered the importance of knowing who God is.

The men and women who walked by faith trusted God’s character no matter what He asked of them or allowed them to go through.

They weren’t basking in the blessings of God all the time—going from one blessing to another.

They trusted God even when blessing was withdrawn. 
When He seemed to be against them.
And even when what He was doing seemed to contradict everything about Him.

That’s what faith is all about.

Faith is trusting God’s character.

What would Job have done if he had defined God by his circumstances?
He would have listened to his wife who said, “Curse God and die.”

Instead, he uttered one of the greatest expressions of faith in all of Scripture.
He said: “Though he slay me, yet I will trust him.”

How was Abraham able to lift the knife to slay his son on an altar?
Because he was standing in the confidence that God is who He says He is.

God had made a promise to Abraham that through Isaac he would become a great nation. Abraham knew Isaac would somehow live.

He didn’t understand why God had asked him to do the unthinkable.

But he knew (and believed) that God would do something.

Because when God makes a promise, He keeps it. 
He’s Jehovah.

When there’s a need, God supplies.
He’s Jehovah-Jireh.

He’s the God He says is and will do what He says He will do, no matter how much our circumstances might contradict that.

We don’t want to just survive the Christian life.
We’ve been promised abundant life.

A life of peace and joy and comfort that isn’t based on our circumstances.

An abundant life that’s based on the kind of God we have.
The kind of God we believe we have.
The kind of God we remember we have.

The kind of God He is . . . no matter what our circumstances might look like.

Our faith must be in who God is.

No matter our circumstances.

Faith is trusting God’s character.

Period.

Has there ever been a time when you’ve doubted God,
and then watched Him come through to supply your need?

[Listen to the lesson on Jehovah-Jireh.]

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