“Struggling to Trust God?” November 29

 

Struggling to Trust God? - Is there some area of life where you're struggling to trust God? Do you find yourself impatient because God has failed to answer your prayer or change your circumstances? Do you wonder, "Why me?"Is there some area of life where you’re struggling to trust God? Do you find yourself impatient because God has failed to answer your prayer or change your circumstances? Do you wonder, “Why me?”

 

Today’s Readings:
Daniel 1 & 2
Psalm 135.15-21
Proverbs 29.10
1 Peter 5.1-14

 

We’ve finished another O.T. book (Ezekiel) and will finish 1 Peter today. We’re closing in on the end of the year! What has God shown you as you’re read through the Word? I’d love to get your input.

 

Struggling to Trust God?

 

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When Struggling to Trust God

 

Daniel was a contemporary of Ezekiel, so this book backs up to the beginning of the Babylonian conquest when Daniel was kidnapped and taken to Babylon along with other intelligent, handsome young men. They were to be brain-washed through education and exposure to rich-living so they would be useful to the leadership in Babylon, possibly to help with the other Jews who would later be brought to Babylon in larger numbers.

Instead, because of his character, God would use him to influence two pagan kingdoms. Just as He did with Joseph, God would use Daniel’s personal circumstances to alter the course of history. And in it all, Daniel gave glory to God ().

Daniel would face the temptation to compromise his beliefs () and the threat of death (2.12-13, 6.6-7). Yet he stayed faithful to God. He didn’t rely on his own devices, but prayed continually for God’s wisdom and help ().

What a great example of God using “all things,” even an unsaved king and unfair, undeserved circumstances, for good (Rom. 8.28).

whispering gossipBut what about your life and your difficulties? Has someone sinned against you in grievous ways? Are you struggling to trust God in your life?

If you’re a believer, God’s promises are true for you, too! He has not allowed anything in your life that He cannot use for your good and His glory. Others may have meant it for evil, but God means it for good (Gen. 50.20).

 

Today’s Other Readings:

 

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God & God Alone

 

Daniel understood what the psalmist said in these verses, that heathen gods have no power—that God and God alone is to be praised, worshiped and feared. 

 

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Good for Evil or Evil for Good

 

“The bloodthirsty hate the blameless, but the upright seek his well-being.”

Even while being hated by godless men, true believers pray for and desire to see them come to the knowledge of God and be saved from an eternity in hell.

 

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Accepting God’s Gracious Work

 

Again and again in Scripture, we see that one of the character qualities believers are called to develop is humility (vss. 5-6). We think of humility as merely a lack of boasting, but humility is also the ability to trust God and be joyful in the midst of difficulty—that is to humbly accept His gracious work in our lives.

Throughout history men and women who have been mightily used by God have had to first submit themselves to God’s providential work in their lives. Daniel was carried off to Babylon and forced to leave his family and everything he knew. Joseph was betrayed by his brothers, falsely accused, imprisoned, and forgotten. Ruth lost her husband and was left to care for a bitter mother-in-law.

Thoughtful man hurt depression guilt sadnessIn what area of your life are you struggling to trust God? In what circumstance are you impatient for a change? Are you allowing that desire to drive you to your knees in humble obedience or have you stiffened your neck in pride and anger?

“… humble yourself under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time … for He cares for you” (v. 6).

Share your struggles and concerns in the comments section. I’d love to pray for you. And I’d like to recommend Jerry Bridges book Trusting God: Even When Life Hurts.

Blessings,
Donna

 

Trusting God: Even When Life Hurts
In an effort to strengthen his own trust in God during a time of adversity, Navigator author Jerry Bridges began a lengthy Bible study on God’s sovereignty. The revelations changed his life. In Trusting God, Jerry shares the scope of God’s power to help you come to know Him better, have a relationship with Him, and trust Him more—even when unjust things happen. Tragedy, grief, loss, and death are part of life. Discover how Trusting God can reveal biblical truths about God.


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The holidays are just around the corner and the new year will be on us before we know it. What will you do to make Bible reading an ongoing habit in the coming year? I’d like to encourage you to set a goal to read through the Bible.

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Start today so you can begin the habit and it will be a regular part of your day come January.

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12 thoughts on ““Struggling to Trust God?” November 29

  1. I needed this one today. My husband of 20 yrs divorced me almost a year ago and I have been struggling to find my way. I find myself lost and feel like I am just existing. I have a hard time forgiving myself for mistakes I made and my ex husband for his. As I look back I don’t know if I have ever had any real purpose and have just been existing but never living. I feel like everything I have done or accomplished has been amounted to absolutely nothing. Everything I knew in live, all my normal is now gone and I don’t know how to find myself again. I have been praying and studying the bible for a year and still feel like I’m lost. I just want to finally be found and the pain to go away and feel just a little normal again.

    • Aimee, I’m so sorry to hear that. I believe God hates divorce, not because He hates divorced people, but because divorce hurts people so much! I’ll be praying for you. There is a very good book by Lou Priolo called Picking up the Pieces. I believe you would find it very helpful. Blessings as you move forward in Him.

    • I went through a rough divorce as well I found out my ex husband had an affair and it was the worst pain in my life. I studied the bible and prayed it took me a very long time before I could talk to anyone with out crying. God has been faithful to take the pain away. There are days I still struggle with the pain but God does make a way. Praying for Gods presence and peace in all this

      • Vicki, I’m so sorry to hear about all that you’ve been through. I’m praying there will come a time when you’ll be able to say, “I hated going through that, but now I’m glad I did, because I can see how God has used it for good.” Thanks for sharing your story. I’m praying for you.

  2. This is such a relevant topic, Donna, especially at this time of year. And the life of Daniel is certainly a great example for us to look at and follow when we feel overwhelmed and discouraged. I love Jerry Bridges and didn’t know about this book. I’ll have to check it out. Thanks so much for providing these wise words and rich resources!

    • Thank you, Beth, for your encouragement. Trusting God has been a blessing to many who are going through heartbreaking struggles, as well as, the every day variety. Blessings!

    • I think that’s an easy trap to fall into for all of us! But I’ve learned that relying on me is a habit that’s ultimately doomed to failure. So glad you stopped by and took the time to share. I hope you’ll come back soon!

  3. I keep thinking I should have outgrown this particular challenge, but I come back to it over and over. I’m convicted of the fact that I doubt God’s motives and His love for me – and my struggle with trust reveals a heart that doesn’t really want what God wants.

    • I understand what you mean. We have a personal situation right now that I’m afraid I may be resisting, all the while trying to convince myself that I know what God wants.

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