On Sunday, we visited a church in a small village where my friend preaches. The message was about how many people have faith in God, but so many do not trust Him.
He used the example of a child trusting his parent to provide for him. The child does not go to a neighbor, or a friend, or anyone else to get what he needs. The child goes to his parent, trusting that his needs will be met. If the child were to ask a guest visiting the family to meet his needs, the parent would be "annoyed" that the child was asking their guest. The parent wants the child to make his requests known only to him, so that he can meet his child's needs. So often, the child does not even need to ask because the parent already knows what the child needs and he is happy to provide for his child.
How much more so is this true with our heavenly Father?!
How often do we trust in man? How often do we turn to our friends in search of answers? How many times do we rely on our own abilities instead of asking our Father for His good provision? How often do we "annoy" our Father because we look for answers and provisions from everywhere else before we turn to Him?
We say we have faith in Him, but are we trusting Him?
Are we trusting Him to complete whatever He has begun? Are we trusting Him to finish what He has started? Are we trusting Him to work out His good plan for us?
Or... Do we get impatient when we face delays? Do we grumble when the outcome is not what we desired? Do we fear man because he holds a position of power? If so, why?
The only answer is that we are not trusting our Father completely.
This morning before court, Juliet, Kenneth, Sharon and I gathered for prayer.
Kenneth was the first to pray. He began by thanking God for a new day, a good night's sleep, food to eat, and every other thing that most of us in the US would skip over merely because we take so much for granted. He then began praying for our court appointment. He prayed, "We are only human beings, O God. But You are Lord of all and King of kings. We are unable to make a good outcome in court, O God, but with You all things are possible. We ask that You will finish what You have started, O God. We pray, O God, that You will bring to completion that which You have begun." Amen!
I was so moved by his faith. He completely trusts God to work out His good plan.
O God, forgive me for not trusting You completely. Forgive me for relying on my own strength. Forgive me for complaining and for being impatient. Forgive me for fearing that man could oppose Your good purpose and plan. Thank you for working in me, as you work out what You desire. You are so good! You are faithful! I will TRUST You! In Jesus name... Amen!
When we returned from court, Kenneth turned to me and said, "Mummy, our prayers have not gone unanswered." Praise God... to Him alone be the glory!
"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." Proverbs 3:5