One Big Boat, Different Paddle: Do you Trust His help? Part 4

Ever heard these sayings?  Just Trust me, or Once bitten twice shy?

Trust is a toughie.  Humans make promises and then don’t keep them. Maybe an ex-spouse, a BFF, a family member, your adult kids, a pastor,  or a close co-worker. It could be a long-time neighbor or someone in the church that seemed to have your back.  What about an acquaintance that talks behind your back, a business partner, a classmate, roommate, or a co-worker that is jealous?  Who can we really trust?

Life in our boat can hurt.

The Psalmist, David, felt the same way too.

My enemies are not the ones who sneer and make fun. I could put up with that or even hide from them. But it was my closest friend, the one I trusted most.  We enjoyed being together, and we went with others to your house, our God. Psalm 55:11-15 (CEV)

It can be easy to put up walls and push people away with our paddle and say ENOUGH!  It hurts the heart too much. When life hits us with curve balls, we can’t always trust in people. That is when bitterness can begin to tear at the heart. That is not a good place to stay.

What about trusting God?  There have been numerous times in my life when I have come to Him trusting He would answer and yet; silence.  That is when doubt comes in, and that is not a good place to stay.

It is human nature to ask why, why, why?  I am going to be honest.  Some people say to me, you shouldn’t question God?  It has made me think I am less of a Christ-follower.  Didn’t David wonder and talk to God about it?  So did Elijah, Moses, Gideon, Simon Peter, John the Baptist, and Thomas to name a few.

God is way bigger than our questions.  He wants to hear our heart and to be honest with Him.  I tell people to ask Him the whys and share how you feel, but don’t say mad at God forever…work through it with Him.  He wants to work with you. Now, that is a good place to stay.

I have to claim what God says in his Word to lean and trust in Him.  Easy?  Not always. We are human and we can’t see what lies ahead.

While working on this blog, Chris Tomlin’s song popped up. I think it will encourage you.

Will you trust in the Almighty, perfect God who loves you?  I have determined to keep reaching and communicating with Him.  He is patient as I work on this trusting issue.

Sheila Walsh recently posted on Instagram this verse,

Everyone who honors your name can trust you, because you are faithful to all who depend on you. Psalm 9:10

As you and I sit in our life boat with the paddle we have been given, let’s trust God who helps us fight the waves even when it doesn’t make sense.  It is my desire. Will it be yours too?

Why not join the God Team.

God can be trusted, and he chose you to be partners with his Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 1:9

Grab your paddle:

  • What life issues are you struggling to trust God in?
  • Memorize 1 Corinthians 1:9 and Psalm 9:10
  • Take some time to talk to God honestly? Then try and listen to His heart.
  • People will hurt us, so how we respond will determine our healthy outcome.
  • Trusting is hard, but we can do this.

See you next time.

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