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The initial task of learning to trust God starts when we recognize the existence of God (see Learning to Trust, previous week). This week I want to talk further about trust. In our own lives, we know that keeping a promise can be difficult.

Can we trust that God will keep His promise?

When circumstances do not line up to make promise-keeping an easy task, integrity can be put to the test. There are several gems of truth that help explain issues of integrity in Romans 4: 20 Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, 21 being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised.
Without a lot of mental laboring I can detect the following points:

1. There is a promise from God
2. We may need to be persuaded/convinced about His promise.
3. If we are fully persuaded, we can fully trust in His promise.
4. If we can fully trust in the promise, our belief will not waver.

Believing the (giver of a) promise becomes a matter of application (by the receiver).

  1. Has this giver been consistent with their word in the past?
  2. Is the giver reliable and consistent?
  3. Is my circumstance (as receiver) similar enough to expect a fulfillment from the giver’s promise?
  4. Am I consistent?

If we answer ‘No’ or ‘unsure’ to any of the above, sadly, we are NOT fully persuaded about His promise. So lets speak to the weaknesses:

Point 1: God’s promise has been 100% consistent. When something is promised in the Bible, there is a clear statement of how it is fulfilled at a later point in the Bible.
Point 2: God is indeed reliable. ‘Consistent’ is a term that is relative to me. God remains 100% consistent, and I can be unable to see His consistency until I can see more of the big picture that He can already see.
At this point, the discovery most believers are confronted with is:
-I am the factor of inconsistency that affects the promise.

  1. God makes promises and fulfills the promises.
  2. God is consistent and reliable.
  3. I am not consistent — because I am human.
  4. I don’t know if my circumstance will line up with God’s promise.

God has done an amazing thing at this point. He is patient with us. As we learn about Him, and build our relationship with Him, he builds us up so we can be persuaded to trust, more and more, over time.

Over the years there are many things for which I have developed an unwavering trust in God. I see the evidence of it in the Bible, and I see the evidence of it in my own life. It is my most important prayer for myself and for all believers:

Pray that we do not stop, learning to trust God. Daily
Pray that he will continue to build each of us up— to a person of unwavering faith.


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Consider a subject in school, such as Algebra. If I do not like it – and I do not trust it – and I do not want to listen to the one that teaches it – and I see no value in it: then I have no faith in it. If a subject does not inspire some degree of faith, we will never master it.

Now consider a subject in LIFE, such as the concept of God. If I do not like it; do not trust it; do not want to listen to the one that teaches it; and I see no value in it. I have no faith in it.

Why would I WANT to like/trust/listen to – something I do not know?
If I was standing in a pitch black room and did not know where to turn, I should be receptive to anything that would help me to live. For those who are persuaded about God: there is a promise of life more abundant.
Most of us quickly realize that a pitch black room will never have a bright future without a light.

Abundance is not handed to us until we start exploring. God has made a lot of promises in the Holy Bible. So here is a simple quiz. If you get 4 yes responses, you have faith, and you can learn to trust.

  • Do you trust God – at all?
  • Do you like God?
  • Do you want to hear him?
  • Do you see value in knowing God?

Having faith is more than half the battle. Next week, we can dig into how to trust.

If you have less than 4 Yes answers, you will need to learn more about faith, before you can learn about trust. Consider asking a Christian friend, and find your way to 4 Yes answers as soon as you can.


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Years ago I had an opportunity to hear a seminar by Josh McDowell, a Christian apologist, while I was attending university. At one point he shared a pithy phrase that stuck with me to this day. It has more than a grain of truth: “There are people who DO all they can, to CAN all they can, then SIT on their can.” Another way to say this is — many people go through life with a singular purpose: to achieve a goal, and move onward to their next accomplishment. It is a noble to strive to be better.

To avoid discouragement, we need depth in our goals and in our faith: Depth that points beyond ourselves. Romans 8:9 says But you are not controlled by your sinful nature. You are controlled by the Spirit if you have the Spirit of God living in you. (And remember that those who do not have the Spirit of Christ living in them do not belong to him at all.)

When I observe life controlled by the Spirit, a couple things happen. I discover:

  • Life is not about ME — it is about US, and our relationship to the Holy Spirit.
  • My striving for the ‘better’ is me trying to serve as God directs.
  • Any shortcoming that might occur is caused by me when I try to do it myself.
  • Faith was never intended to be a “Name it and claim it” goal setting method.

Faith is ready to stand on the promise that God is willing and able to direct our path, when we let Him.


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I have had several moments in my life where I was gifted with the opportunity to see magnificent landscapes, such as the Grand Canyon, Niagara Falls, and Yosemite Falls. These were amazing places to see. These occasions demand that we each take a picture, to capture the moment in time. When we think about it, a picture provides more than the details of a thousand words. The picture describes a moment we want to capture, and by looking at it again and again, we are enabled to relive the moment.

Obviously, in the Old Testament, people could not take pictures. When something momentous happened, they could pile up a stone memorial. Later, when they passed by the heap of stones, they would remember the event that happened at that location. One of the moments I reflect on is the stones at Peniel, when Jacob wrestled with God.
Beginning at Genesis 33: 29 Jacob said, “Please tell me your name.” But he replied, “Why do you ask my name?” Then he blessed him there. ^30^_So Jacob called the place Peniel, saying, “It is because I saw God face to face, and yet my life was spared.”_

When we have an occasion that involves meeting God, it changes us. My hope is that in every encounter, God helps me to know Him more. It is a chance to study the picture he has given, and to find out what else I can do.


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No scripture references come to mind for this devotional, but rather, several thoughts.
In various locations around the world, to this day there are places where remnants of war have remained behind, in the form of landmines.

People, including children in particular, have accidentally stepped on landmines, sometimes decades after the shadows of war have departed. It is a strong visual – no one should have to experience the forgetfulness or ineptitude of a group that leaves landmines behind.

I am not trying to wax political. The question on my mind is – how often do we have to endure our own field of landmines – in a verbal or circumstance sense? My hero is the guy who can navigate a field of landmines, and help us get to the other side.

I am aware of one such hero — the Holy Spirit is my ‘mine sweeper guy’. The power of the Holy Spirit can go before us, and make out path straight AND uneventful.
Wee all have to manage our own journey through our own personal minefield. It makes perfect sense that we should have an expert with us, and we can expect that he will direct our path.

God is good like that.


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