Trust In Him
by Stephanie Olson, Co-founder Set Me Free Ministries
My 11-year-old daughter had surgery the other day. She had her tonsils and adenoids removed, and needless to say, she was nervous. But that little girl (who seems to be growing up very quickly) was confident in one thing. As we were sitting in the pre-op room waiting to be wheeled into surgery, she said, "I'm nervous, but I know I'll be just fine, because God is with me." Yes, Noel. If only us adults could grasp that in our times of need.
We are in the midst of a very scary time in our economy in which people are truly struggling. Some of us, perhaps for the first time in our lives, don’t know how we are going to put food on the table. Some of us have just lost jobs that we’ve had for years and have no idea when we’re going to get another one. These are scary times.
Then there are those scary situations that we go through like the threat of losing a loved one to illness or an accident or a broken relationship. And the thought of living life without that person is overwhelming to the point that we don’t think there is any way we could make it through. These are real things that people within our midst–our neighborhoods, our churches, our family, and our friends–are dealing with on a daily basis.
As parents, it’s hard to trust that our kids will be safe, that they will grow up healthy and productive, and that we are actually doing a good job raising future adults. It’s hard!
I was talking to a couple of women one day about worry. We began to discuss the scripture from Philippians 4:6-7 that says, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
One of the women said, “Well, it’s impossible to not worry about anything.” But my question to her was, “Really? Is it? Because if God tells us not worry, it must be possible to actually not worry. Right?” The catch is that we try to “not worry” in our own power. Having a peace that passes all understanding in our own power is not possible.
I want to show you biblically that not only does God love you and want the very best for you but that He can be trusted. Even when things don’t make any sense whatsoever, God can be trusted to keep His promises.
Isaiah 26:3-4 says, “You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You. Trust in the Lord forever, For in YAH, the Lord, is everlasting strength.”
And Deuteronomy 31:8 says, “And the LORD, He is the One who goes before you. He will be with you, He will not leave you nor forsake you; do not fear nor be dismayed.”
That’s His promise to us–no matter what it is we are dealing with, He already went before us. He is with us, and He will never leave us. That’s quite a promise.
Does God cause bad things to happen to us? We are in a fallen world, there is sin, and we have an enemy who has come “to steal, and to kill, and to destroy.” That enemy hates us, he hates you, and he wants to see you destroyed. But Jesus? Jesus loves us more than we can ever comprehend. He loves us with a love beyond measure and when we are hurting, He grieves with us.
Psalm 56:8 says, “You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in your bottle. You have recorded each one in your book.” He loves us so much that He collects our tears!
But be assured that anything that God allows–not causes, but allows–to happen in our lives will be used to fulfill our destiny in Him and be used for His glory. Romans 8:28 says, "And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose."
Listen, God wastes absolutely nothing. We may not see it right away, or even until we are on the other side of that Glory, but we will eventually see it.
God is never in a hurry to fulfill His promises, but He always does, and He always takes care of us. I’m going to say that again. God is never in a hurry to fulfill His promises, but He always does, and He always takes care of us. His timing is perfect, even though we may think at times that it’s way off.
So, just like Noel, even though she was nervous, she could proclaim, “I'm nervous, but I know I'll be just fine because God is with me." Praise God! He is with you, too!