Trust God For 2016

January 20, 2016

Friends,
For many people, this new year, as brief into it as we are, has already brought difficulty, uncertainty, and distress. Let us encourage one another, therefore, with the all-powerful, comforting words of the Living God –He who can change the worst circumstances around for our good, for the good of others, and for the glory of His Name.

In addition, as we meditate on God’s Word and promises, let us not forget that waiting is part of believing, that patience is part of trust, and that thanksgiving is part of faith.

Here are some of God’s wonderful words:

“My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth.” (Ps. 121:2) Wow! Can we have any better Helper than HIM?!

“Our eyes look to the LORD our God, till He shows us His mercy.” (Ps. 123:2) Let us be reminded here that we are to look steadily and patiently at Him who is Mercy itself and who does, absolutely, act with abundant mercy (as well as power) toward those who trustingly wait.

“He sends His command to the earth; His word runs swiftly.” (Ps. 147:15) Let us believe that God gives commands on behalf of those who are in union with Christ and are petitioning Him (Eph. 3:12 // 1 John 5:14,15), and that He has legions who promptly and effectively carry out His orders.

“Victory rests with the LORD.” (Pr. 21:31) No matter how high the probability of defeat, let’s keep reminding the Lord that He is the One who is able to grant us victory. And let us remember that praising His Name (even when we don’t feel like doing so), and that walking in obedience to what we already know we should be doing, are measures that prove our trust in Him.

“No ear has heard, no eye has seen any God besides You, who acts on behalf of those who wait for Him.” (Isa. 64:4) Let us not act presumptuously, but instead wait in loving expectation for our God to perform His will in the situation.

“Then you will know that I am the LORD; those who hope in Me [trust in Me / wait for Me] will not be disappointed.” (Isa. 49:23) Let’s believe this!

“Have faith in the LORD your God and you will be upheld.” (2 Chron. 20:20) This is true, so even if we seem about to go over the precipice, we must keep trusting till the deliverance arrives.

“Everything is possible for him who believes.” (Mark 9:23) –Who believes in the One of whom it is said, “For nothing is impossible with God.” (Luke 1:37)

“Let him who walks in the dark, who has no light, trust in the name of the LORD and rely on his God.” (Isa. 50:10) During the uncertainty, we are to trust in and rely on God who is fully able to give us step by step help, counsel, and guidance.

“Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for Him; do not fret…” (Ps. 37:7) For, “In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust in your strength.” (Isa. 30:15) Yes, “Blessed are all who wait for Him!” (v. 18)

Indeed, God asks, “Was My arm too short to ransom you? Do I lack the strength to rescue you?” (Isa. 50:2) He answers the questions for us: “By a mere rebuke I dry up the sea…” (Same verse) –A mere rebuke. –A simple command. This is all it takes for God to execute the miracle, and at the perfect time.

“The LORD will accomplish for me.” (Ps. 138:8) Let us be confident of it –no matter how long it seems to be taking!

Therefore, “I wait for the LORD, my soul waits, and in His Word I put my hope.” (Ps. 130:5)

Truly, this year, and every year, is held in God’s full and loving control. Let’s believe this and remind each other to wait in patient, grateful, expectant trust –even, and especially, when the wait feels like it’s taking forever.

Because Christ-followers walk, not by feelings, but by faith in God’s all-powerful Word.

Sincerely,
with love,
Rachel

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