Psalm 13:5 Trust Unfailing Love

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But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation. Psalm 13:5

Trusting in something is what most people do, however, what they trust in is different for most people. Some people trust in their government, while others will not trust them. Some trust their spouse, while others are not trusted. Many will trust in their jobs and retirement account, while many will not.

The challenge with most of the things that people trust in, is that those things can and will fail. They will fall short of what is expected at some point or another. A job can look real good and provide a good secure income for many years, but then suddenly fold and lose everything. Things and people will fail.

David starts out this psalm thinking that God has abandoned him as he cries out to Him. In this verse, David claims that regardless of God’s silence, he will trust in His unfailing love and rejoice in the salvation He provides.

In every believer’s life there are times when God appears to be silent, especially during a difficult challenge in life. If anything bad can happen, it seems to happen. Crying out to God feels like one is in a locked padded cell and no one can hear the cries.

At this point, this is where faith and trust in God comes in. One has to trust in His perfect unfailing love. There is only one thing in this universe that is truly eternal and that is God, and God is love. So, love is eternal. It will never fail. And God’s love is perfect.

God will never do anything that is not done in love. He will not allow anything in the life of a believer that is not allowed out of love. Knowing this, a believer can trust that God can hear him and will take care of him, no matter what the situation.

Going through your life, there will be times God seems to be silent. Rest in the fact that God is love and loves you with an eternal, undying love. His love for you is perfect. He will never do anything to harm you.

When this world throws ugly situations your way, focus on His perfect love.

When you cry out to God, and He does not appear to listen or hear you, remember He loves you.

Then rejoice in the salvation He is giving or going to give you. God loves you!

I pray today that you will know God’s perfect love; that you will know God’s provision; that you will trust God’s love for you; and that you will see God’s hand at work in your life. 

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Job 41:1-2 What Can YOU Really Do?

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Can you pull in Leviathan with a fishhook or tie down its tongue with a rope? Can you put a cord through its nose or pierce its jaw with a hook? Job 41:1-2 

Being independent and able to do things is what most people want to be able to do. Children are constantly told that they can do whatever their heart wants to do, that they can be whatever they want to be. This can happen with hard work and dedication.

As people grow up being taught this, most people feel as if they do not need anyone else’s help, that they are completely independent of others, able to do it themselves. While being able to do things is true, it is not true that man can do anything and everything. Nor is it true that man is completely independent of anyone else.

As God is speaking to Job, He asks Job about the Leviathan. He wants to know if Job can hold the Leviathan down. Later in this chapter God gives a great description of the power and abilities of the Leviathan and wants to know if Job can control it. It is implied that Job cannot control it, but that God can.

There are limits to what man can do on his own. In reality man cannot do anything without God. It is God who gave the breath of life into each and every person on this earth. It is God who sustains all life on this earth.

Without God’s help, man could not survive at all. This means God is the one in complete control. Knowing this, every believer must release control to God and trust God in any and every situation that occurs in his life. This includes the ‘bad’ situations in life, as well as the good ones.

You may be able to do many things in this life. You may have a successful career and a great family, but there is still a limit to what you can do. And what you have done, has been done with the abilities God has given you.

Just as it takes Jesus to remove sins out of your life, it takes God and His power to do anything in this life. He is the One who had created you and is the One who will sustain you.

Allow God to be in control and trust Him through every situation in your life. He can control the Leviathan in your life.

I pray today that you will know God’s power in your life; that you will give God complete authority over your life; that you will trust God’s work in your life; and that you will not try to be in control of your whole life.

Joseph: Faith-God Is In Control

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So then, it was not you who sent me here, but God. He made me father to Pharaoh, lord of his entire household and ruler of Egypt. Genesis 45:8 

The next person of faith that I want to look at is Joseph. It is not common to think of him as a person of faith, but he was. I will quickly retell his story leading up to why he is a man of faith and how his faith looks.

Joseph grew up as the youngest for many years in a large family of twelve plus children. Not only was he the youngest, but he was much younger than the rest of his brothers. He was different in that God had given him visions, even at a young age.

Some of the visions he had been given had made his brothers angry with him. They realized that the visions meant that at some point in the future they would bow down to him. In their anger they were about to kill him, but was stopped by one of the brothers. Instead they sold Joseph into slavery.

Abu Simbel temple

Despite being in slavery, God was with him and gave him great favor. He had started out being the head of the house of Potiphar, one of Pharaoh’s officials and captain of the guard. This was a very high and honored position to have. Potiphar trusted him completely.

However, Potiphar’s wife tried to get Joseph sexually. Joseph refused and she had him falsely accused and thrown into prison.

Even while in prison, God was still with Joseph and continued to give him favor. He was made the head of all the prisoners because of his faithfulness. Yet, he was still a prisoner, locked up in prison for a false accusation against him.

While in prison, two prisoners had a vision and were unable to understand what the vision was about. God gave Joseph favor and gave him the meaning of the visions. Both of the visions became true.

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Later, Pharaoh had some visions and no one could interpret them. One of the released prisoners then remembered Joseph interpreting his dream and mentioned him to Pharaoh. He brought Joseph out of the prison to get the interpretation. Again, God gave Joseph favor and he was able to interpret the dream for Pharaoh.

Pharaoh then honored Joseph and made him second, only to him over all of Egypt. Joseph was the person who would save Egypt and much of the world during a very long famine in the land. It was Egypt that would provide food needed by people from many nations.

Some time later, his brothers came to Egypt looking to get some food. Immediately Joseph recognized his brothers, but did not reveal the fact until later, because they did not recognize him. They thought he was either dead or in slavery yet.

When Joseph did reveal himself, he told them not to worry about what they had done wrong to him, but that it was all God’s doing. God had put him into slavery in order to get him to Egypt, in order to have him in position to save Egypt and the world from a famine.

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This is where his faith comes in.

It is commonly thought that when a person becomes a Christian believer in Jesus that everything will go alright, that there will be no problems. It sounds nice. Think about it God is with you, He will protect you, and He will meet all of your needs. Why should anyone think anything different?

Yet, this is not the truth. Yes, God is with you, is protecting you and is meeting all of your needs, but the process may be through tough times. God is also going to use you to meet the needs of others. In order for that to happen, you may have to be moved or have to go through something to get you in the right position to be able to meet those needs.

Being moved into a downward position does not always make sense. Why would God move someone down, when He said He would lift a person up? God gave Joseph a vision that he would rule over his brothers. Why would God make him a slave then?

Puzzle pieces

God sees the bigger picture. He is standing above all watching what is happening and is able to know where each person needs to be to fulfill His work. We, as people at the bottom of the picture, or in the picture, cannot see the full picture. We cannot always understand what God is doing or why He is doing it. We cannot always understand why God is allowing certain things to happen in our lives.

This is where faith comes in. Remember, faith is being certain of what you cannot see. Joseph could not fully see what God was doing, but He had faith that God was in control. Instead of blaming his brothers, he was able to see that it was God’s hand that moved him to where he was in the way that it occurred.

God may have placed a vision or a dream in your heart as to what He wants from you. As you strive to achieve that dream, you may have to go down a different path that appears to move you further away from it. You may have to go through some difficult times to achieve that vision.

During those difficult times, do not give up on God. Do not lose faith in God. Have faith in God, knowing that He is still in control and knows what He is doing.

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Do not allow yourself to become bitter because of the circumstances you may be going through or have already been through. Everything that you go through is meant to build you up in Jesus–to make you more like Jesus. It can expose areas that need to be worked on, areas that need to be strengthened, areas that need to be removed and cleaned up, and areas that can be honored and broadcast.

Every believer has some area to improve on to become more like Jesus. No one is perfectly like Him, so there is room to grow. Trust that God is in control and is working towards that goal–that is faith in God.

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Seek God to understand why you are going through tough times or had gone through tough times. Find out how you can use those tough times for His glory and His kingdom.

This is faith. You cannot fully see the whole picture, but can know that God does. God is working all things out for your good. Have faith that this is true and will always be true.

 

Job 31:24 What Is Your Trust In?

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If I have put my trust in gold or said to pure gold, ‘You are my security,’ Job 31:24

Money and wealth are major influencers in this world. Money is something that most people seek and want. It does not matter how much or how little someone wants, most people want more than what they have.

In the process of seeking out more money, they strive to get better paying jobs. People dream of the jobs that are six figures or larger. They seek out jobs that have great retirement plans and great investment plans. Everything is focused on getting more money, so that they can get and do more things.

If they don’t have the ‘more money’ than they worry about not having enough or not getting what they ‘need’. They trust in the money to provide for all their needs and wants.

Job says, in this verse, that if he put his trust in gold (money)… Then, in a few more verses Job continues to say that this would be a sin.

While money is helpful, it is not needed. God can provide in other ways if needed. Look at the Israelites traveling through the wilderness. God gave them food, and they did not have to have money to get it.

Believers often take on the view of the world, in that they ‘need’ to make more money. They begin to trust in their jobs and the paycheck, rather than in God and His word.

Jobs come and go. Money comes and goes. But God remains forever. He created the universe out of nothing by His word, He can provide the needs of a person just as easily.

Money is a tool that can be useful, but it is not a necessity, when looked at correctly. Jesus is the only one thing that is necessary in this life. Outside of Him, everything is just bonuses.

Make sure that your focus is upon God, not on self and money. Your job will not be there forever, in fact, you may not have a job tomorrow, but the Creator of the universe, God, will still be there with you. If God can sustain the universe by His word, He can sustain you.

Put your trust in God and not the temporary money of this world. Seek God and do what He tells you to do and trust His provision in the process. He will never fail, where money can and does fail.

I pray today that you will know God’s provision in your life; that you will trust God for everything; that you will obey God in every area of your life; and that you will see the blessings God has given you.