I encourage you to be trusting of God with the impossible
For every believer there are times and circumstances which demand a trusting of God with things that seem impossible to us. History is replete with occasions when God’s people looked to the Lord for things which man is incapable of resolving, and God answered according to His will and always for His glory.
Sooner or later, most of us become embroiled in circumstances which seem so far outside of our control that we despair. Often, it’s in these times that the old serpent tells us that there is no hope, no light at the end of the tunnel; ‘you’re wasting your time and you might as well just give up’ he mutters. But remember; “what is impossible with men is possible with God” (Luke 18:27). We Christians surrender our fears, doubts and suspicions to the Lord “who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us” (Ephesians 3:20).
An example of trusting faith
Joseph realised that the many years of severe suffering that resulted from his brother’s spiteful treatment of him actually was intended and used by God for His purposes. Towards the end of the saga, Joseph explained to his brothers that although “you meant evil against me, God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today” (Genesis 50:20). The Lord has a rich history of using the most extraordinary circumstances for His good. Sometimes we get to see and understand the details of His plans and sometimes not. Yet His sovereign will is undeniable and unstoppable in spite of our inability to perceive His providential workings.
As mortals, we struggle to grasp the enormity of God’s power and the infinite nature of His being and mind. Consequently we rob ourselves of the options of trusting in the Lord. This is precisely where faith steps up and grants us access to a realm of interactions with God that the world denies. Faith ignites trust in the God of infinite resources, opening our eyes to unlimited possibilities that are readily available and only at God’s disposal.
Trusting, dependent, and submissive faith looks to the Lord as “him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us” (Ephesians 3:20). Faith activates patience as God works out His will in and around us. It enables the child of God to “be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” (Psalms 46:10). Faith looks for answers and results that exalt God more than simply giving us relief from discomfort.
It is this faith that enabled David to sing of the Lord; “He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many will see and fear, and put their trust in the LORD. Blessed is the man who makes the LORD his trust, who does not turn to the proud, to those who go astray after a lie!” (Psalms 40:3-4).
Today my friend, I encourage you to stop yourself thinking like the world thinks towards God. Rather, be trusting of our loving and gracious Saviour the Lord Jesus Christ. Yield to Him and He will lift you up for His pleasure, His glory, and your blessing.
Together for Christ: Lincoln Forlong www.bbf.net.nz