The Issue Is Not If God Can Be Trusted
By Rick Warren
— August 7, 2012
“For the word of the Lord is right and true; he is faithful in all he does. The Lord loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of his unfailing love.” (Psalm 33:4-5 NIV)
If we doubt God, the issue is not over God’s ability to support us. He clearly can do that.
God is the sovereign, supreme ruler of the universe, powerful enough to overcome any problem or defeat any enemy: “Everything comes from him; Everything happens through him; Everything ends up in him” (Romans 11:36 MSG).
God is love (1 John 4:16), so we know he is patient and kind. He’s never rude or self-seeking; he’s not easily angered, and he keeps no record of wrongs. He does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. He always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. He never fails (1 Corinthians 13:4-8).
God is always fair (Deuteronomy 32:4); he’s pure and honest (Hebrews 6:18). He cannot break a promise (Numbers 23:19), never fails to fulfill a promise (Joshua 21:45) and is trustworthy in everything he does (Psalm 33:4).
The issue, then, is not if God can be trusted; the issue is with your ability to trust.
Talk About It
What adjectives would you use to describe your attitude when you focus your attention on God? What about when you focus your attention on yourself?
God gives peace to all who trust in him (Isaiah 26:3). Pray for each other, that you would learn to trust more and receive God’s peace.
Jon Walker is author of “Costly Grace: A Contemporary View of Bonhoeffer’s ‘The Cost of Discipleship’ and In Visible Fellowship: A Contemporary View of Bonhoeffer's Classic Work ‘Life Together’.”
He is managing editor of Rick Warren’s Daily Hope Devotionals.
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