Recently a friend of mine posted this on Facebook, and it came from a book she was reading called “Moments of Peace With God.”
“At those times when God is silent, you must place your hope in two mighty truths: the truth of God’s sovereignty, and the truth of God’s faithfulness. God answers all your prayers but always in His own time and in His own way. When you place your hope in Him, you will not be disappointed – even when the answer is not what you expected.”
I think that this is an absolutely beautiful testament and necessary reminder to the issue of trusting God. I’ve talked to you, my wonderful readers, about trust issues and God before. But this sheds new light on a positive way of looking at it. Focusing instead on the benefits of this trust rather than thinking about how hard trusting God is, we come to live in a light of happiness. We know that He is sovereign, and that He is faithful. These two truths are unmistakably reassuring, and so it’s nice to be able to keep them in our pockets during rough times.
Not only is God sovereign and faithful, but the portion of the excerpt that deals with the answering of prayers is a good reminder too. It is so easy for us to decide what we think is the best way to handle a situation. Yet we are looking at our world (and at any problem we face) through the narrowest of scopes. Our vision is only a pin’s width in comparison to the eyes that God views the world through – and we must remember this. So when prayers are answered in ways that we didn’t expect or want, it is in our own best interest to be okay with that. God knows best, for real.
Even the late Pope Benedict XVI agreed with this notion of trusting God, especially when it comes to plans of the future (a hot topic in my life and that of my classmates right now). “Let us not fear the future, even when it can appear with bleak colors, because the God of Jesus Christ, who entered history to open it to its transcendent fulfillment, is the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last. He guarantees that in every little but genuine act of love, there is the entire sense of the universe, and that the one who does not hesitate to lose his own life for Him finds it again in fullness.” What a gorgeous testament!
So I think there a few things to be taken away from what Benedict said. Not only should we relax about the future, but we also should trust that God is going to make it more glorious than we could even imagine. It’s basically not even worth our time to try and figure it all out, because we’re going to be epically wrong anyways! I’m alright with that. Also, I think that the portion about “the one who does not hesitate to lose his own life for Him finds it again in fullness” is a beautiful promise to those who are willing to take risks for God. For those who are willing to go against the grain and do something that nearly everyone thinks is “crazy” – they will be rewarded. Because these deeds were done in the name of Jesus, those brave souls will be protected. Sweet, right?
I think that for me, I need to keep these lessons in mind in the coming weeks and months as decisions for my future are hitting the top of my “To Do” list. I pray that you and I both are able to put our trust more fully in the One who saves and loves us unconditionally.
Remember that if you have prayer requests, you can send them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org 🙂
Verse for tonight: “Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified or discouraged, for The Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” – Josh 1:9