God Is Trustworthy
"O LORD of hosts, blessed is the man that trusteth in thee." (Psalm 84:12)
"Come on, Danny. Jump in! I'll catch you!"
Danny listened as his dad called him to jump into the pool. It was a hot summer day, and Danny and his dad were spending an afternoon at the swimming pool. The only problem was that Danny didn't know how to swim. And even though his father promised to catch him, Danny was afraid to jump into the water.
Danny had a wonderful dad. His dad always made sure that he had clothes to wear and good food to eat. He played ball with Danny every day after school and helped him with his homework. He made sure Danny was warm enough when the weather turned cold and took him swimming in the summer when it was hot. Once when Danny was playing in the street, his dad saved his life by running and snatching Danny from the road just before a car hit him. But even though Danny's father loved him very much and was always there to take care of him, Danny did not trust his dad to catch him when he jumped into the water.
You might be just like Danny. Your Heavenly Father sacrificed His only Son so that you could have eternal life. He provides for all your needs, He blesses you everyday, and He answers your prayers. He's done all this for you, and yet you still might struggle with trusting Him with your daily problems and needs. When you go through difficult situations, God wants you to trust Him. You can trust Him because He is God: He knows all and rules over all. He is your strength and refuge. Psalm 62:8 says, "Trust in him at all times, ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us."
Trust God with all your problems because He is trustworthy.
» Am I looking at my circumstances rather than looking at God?
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Truth In Real Life
“If Jesus Christ be the Son of God and died for me, then no sacrifice can be too great for me to make for Him.”
Charles Thomas (“C.T.”) Studd was born into a very wealthy family in England on December 2, 1860. His family had “made it rich” in India during a time of British colonization and trade.
By age 16, Studd was a notable cricket player. Cricket is a game that looks a little bit similar to baseball but uses a “bowler” and a “striker” instead of a pitcher and a batter. By his late teen years, Studd had become the captain of his cricket team in college – an honor that is kind of like American sports’ “Most Valuable Player” awards.
When Studd was 18, he was on his way to a game of cricket when a preacher visited his home and stopped him on his way out the door. The preacher asked him whether he was a Christian, and the teenager answered honestly: “No.” He was genuinely converted, though, later during that day. Unfortunately, his life did not immediately change. He would later write,
Instead of going and telling others of the love of Christ, I was selfish and kept the knowledge to myself. The result was that gradually my love began to grow cold, and the love of the world began to come in. I spent six years in that unhappy backslidden state.
The Lord continued to work in Studd’s heart, and eventually he surrendered his other ambitions so that he could be free to go to the mission field of China. This decision went against the wishes of his family.
He became part of a group of pioneering young missionary-candidate friends who were called “The Cambridge Seven.” When he was 25, he received a large sum of money from his family as an inheritance. Rather than spending some of it for himself, he gave it all away for Christ. He gave the money to orphanages and churches and preachers who needed it most.
It cost God more to forgive you than it did for you to receive His forgiveness. You could never pay Him back, but are you giving to Him and to His people as a way of showing your love and gratitude? Are you telling others about the good news that Jesus Christ’s sinless life and sacrificial death took away the curse for anyone who trusts Him as Lord and Savior?
2 Corinthians 9:7 – So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver.