For this reason I also am suffering these things—but I am not ashamed, for I know in whom I have trusted and I am convinced He is able to safeguard what I have entrusted to Him until that Day.”
2 Timothy 1:12 TLV
But we have this treasure in jars of clay, so that the surpassing greatness of the power may be from God and not from ourselves
-2 Corinthians 4:7 TLV
What is our purpose? What is our work?
That was the question a crowd in Capernaum, gathered around Jesus’s feet, wondered. They asked Jesus “What shall we do to perform the works of God?” (John 6:28 TLV) and Christ replied ” This is the work of God, to trust in the One He sent.”(John 6:29 TLV)
Really? That’s it? Just trusting in Jesus?
Yup. That’s it. But I’ve discovered 3 things about trusting in Jesus, it’s a simple request, the best thing you could do, but also the hardest. Whether it’s trusting God with our short term goals, long term future, or our daily lives, trusting can be difficult.
What makes trusting in God so difficult is the conscious decision to fully submit life’s circumstances and outcomes to God. An idea your senses cannot grab and only your faith can cling onto. It ultimately involves walking into the unknown.
The unknown can be a scary place, especially if you’ve experienced hurts, pains, and disappointments in your life, but remember, there is never anything to fear.
If we remember that Jesus loves us enough to die for us, and only wants what’s best for us as our Heavenly Father, we can take courage to believe that if He asks us to completely trust in Him, it will always be for our good. We can know without a doubt that it will be better than alright, it will be perfect as only He could do!
Trusting in God frees us to walk with joy and peace into all the wonderful plans and promises He has for us in our lives. Trusting in Jesus also brings you closer to Him, to see Him work in ways you would not have seen, or even fathomed, if you hadn’t trusted in God.
Trusting God with our long term future, short term goals, and every step of our lives is the work which fulfills our purpose. It is the best and surest thing you could possibly do.
“Surely no one who waits for You will be ashamed.”
-Psalms 25:3 TLV
“In a day when I am afraid, I will put my trust in you…”
“This I know—that God is for me.”
“Be gracious to me, O God, be gracious to me, For in You my soul takes refuge.
In the shadow of Your wings I take refuge, until destruction passes by.”
“…But I—I sing of your strength! Yes in the morning I sing aloud of Your lovingkindness”
“For God is my strong tower—My God of lovingkindness”
Psalm 56:4,10 . Psalm 57:2 . Psalm 59:17-18
Like a shepherd, He tends His flock.
He gathers the lambs in His arms
carries them in his bosom,
and gently guides nursing ewes.”
-Isaiah 40:11 TLV
For I also passed on to you first of all what I also received —
That Messiah (Jesus Christ) died for our sins
according to the Scriptures,
that He was buried,
that He was raised on the third day
according to the Scriptures,
and that He appeared to Kefa,
then to the Twelve.
Then He appeared to over five hundred
brothers and sisters at one time—
most of them are still alive,
though some have died.
Then He appeared to Jacob,
then all the emissaries
and last of all, as to one untimely born,
He also appeared to me…
– 1 Corinthians 15:1-8 TLV
Blessed be my Lord!
Day by day He bears our burdens-
the God of our salvation! Selah
Jesus says to them,
Don’t be afraid
-John 6:20 TLV
God is our refuge and strength,
an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth change,
though the mountains topple into the heart of the seas,
though its waters roar and foam,
though the mountains quake at their swelling.
-Psalm 46:1-4 TLV
Sometimes it may feel like many parts of your life are crashing down all around you, just like a mountain toppling into the sea. Circumstances that at one time seemed so strong and sure never to be changed or moved.
But if the mountains do come crashing down, know that God is still in control and God is at work in your life.
God made the mountains and seas and He made you. He knows that in seasons like this, we need Him.
He wants you to know today that you are in the palm of His hand.
He is a God that is at work in heaven, and on earth, and is fighting for you.
He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.
The power of God’s Love is so strong that it can heal a broken heart…
The deepest and most painful hurts are ones you cannot see, or get a cast for, but our Heavenly Father sees them and lovingly promises in His Word to heal all of them.
Your deepest hurts, pains, and fears, God’s Love can heal. Not only can His love heal, but also restore your inner peace and joy.
Invite God’s Love into your heart today. Ask Him to fill you with His Love and to restore all the broken and shattered places in your life. And watch Him not only transform your life, but also those around you, through the power of His love flowing through you.
“Whoever believes in Me, as the scripture says, ‘out of his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.'” – John 7:38