Inspirational thought of the day:
Whether or not God give us what we want, His character and faithful promises testify to His reliability at all times.
Scriptures of the day:
I have not spoken in secret, in some hidden place. I did not tell Jacob’s descendants, ‘Seek me in vain!’ I am the LORD, the one who speaks honestly, who makes reliable announcements.
I have revealed and saved and proclaimed– I, and not some foreign god among you. You are my witnesses,” declares the LORD, “that I am God.
The well-known game of “Trust” in which you close your eyes and blindly trust someone to catch you has been used many times as an illustration or object lesson to demonstrate surrender in a tangible way.
The thing is, people let us down and sometimes we trust only to have people break that trust. As time goes on, we learn to diligently guard our heart but can also begin to get a hard heart that does not let fallible man in.
Jesus did not entrust himself to man, yet He made Himself vulnerable to sinful man and died for him. He chose the route of humility and unconditional love for a stubborn people who could never return such love on their own.
God has made it obvious that He keeps His word. He went to extravagant measures to tell His people ahead of time what He was going to do. Every prophesy foretold – fulfilled. Radical deliverance from the parting of the sea to fire from the sky. Yet His people still doubted.
As a parent, it would hurt deeply if my children did not trust me or my heart toward them. My desire is only for their good and blessing. What must it do to the heart of God that the people He lavishly chose and called into relationship with himself do not trust Him, despite Him giving His Word and Holy Spirit?
When people promise us something they never fulfill, we have a choice to love and forgive like God did for us. We fail God over and over again. Yet He remains faithful. His example and His Holy Spirit can enable us to be reliable to those around us and help us to rely on Him, as well.
Lord, help us to rely on You at all times instead of trying to find solutions to life’s problems on our own.