Trust is not always valued until it’s lost. The thing is . . . at one time or another . . . we learn the pain of broken trust. I frequently talk with people who struggle with the “whys” of broken trust. That said, there are times we’re unwise and give our trust to those who’ve had a track record of being untrustworthy. I have a friend who feels a three-year period is mandatory to really get to know someone before trust is handed over. Trust is a process for all of us, even when it comes to our relationship with God. Too often, our experience with trusting people creates hesitancy or an inability to trust God. But.
God will never fail our trust. God is God.
The message of the book of Deuteronomy, the final words of 128-year-old Moses, focuses on the journey of trusting God.
Consider Moses’ words:
The LORD your God is going ahead of you. He will fight for you, just as you saw him do in Egypt. And you saw how the LORD your God cared for you all along the way as you traveled through the wilderness, just as a father cares for his child. Now he has brought you to this place.’ But even after all he did, you refused to trust the LORD your God, who goes before you looking for the best places to camp, guiding you with a pillar of fire by night and a pillar of cloud by day (Deuteronomy 1: 30-33, NLT).
The people of God were ready to cross over to the Promised Land; however, they continually struggled trusting God. Moses pointed out the people’s lack of trust, which was necessary to receive the courage they would need to step into the unknown of the Promised Land.
Trusting God provided the pathway to his successful leadership.
When you get down to it, trusting God produces courage to move forward into the uncertainty and unknown of the future.
To go ahead of you.
To fight for you.
To care for you along the way in the wilderness, the places of wandering, where you’re not sure of your purpose and God’s plan.
To look for the best places for you to go.
To guide you day and night.
Trusting God helps us to find our way out of the wilderness into the Promised Land. And. We’re overwhelmed with gratefulness the moment we realize we would not have found our way, even when we’re lost in the wilderness, without trusting God to divinely guide us by a pillar of fire by night and a pillar of cloud by day.
Day 10 of 40-days of intentional gratefulness: Grateful God is trustworthy to help us find our way in the uncertainty and unknown.
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(Written by Kerrie Carlisle Palmer © 2012 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED)