Trust

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The world is a scary place. Life is full of things that you and I cannot control. You cannot will your children to safety. You cannot wish cancer away. You cannot remove the drunk driver from the road. You cannot force world leaders to be wise and responsible. You cannot stop dangers on the playground or even in your backyard. You cannot stop the hurricane or earthquake. In short, you cannot eliminate the things that bring fear to you and your family.

In these difficult times, God calls you to trust him. Here is what the Holy Spirit says to you from Psalm 56:3-4:

When I am afraid,
I will trust in you.
In God, whose word I praise—
in God I trust and am not afraid.
What can mere mortals do to me?

This short passage give hope! What can mere mortals do to you? Before God, they are no threat at all, even if your life appears to be in danger. There is an example of this trust in God by Daniel’s three friends when they were faced with death in the furnace for obeying God. They told the great king that they would honor God whether they were rescued or not. What can mere mortals do to you?

So when you or your children are confronted by fear, even overwhelming fear, trusting God is the way to peace.

Trust is believing in the unseen power of God’s care. He is committed to your good and his glory in every circumstance that he brings to your ilife.  Trust is the answer to the scary realities of life.  Trust is the way of peace in this life. 

Here is a biblical definition of trust and a prayer for trust that you can pray with your children. 

Trust is believing and doing what God tells me in the Bible,  even when it is hard to do.

A prayer to trust God:

Father in heaven, please help me to trust you. Thank you that you are in control of everything and you do everything for my good. You have promised to care for me. Help me to believe and act on that, even when I’m afraid.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

From Get Wisdom! by Ruth Younts

 

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Jay Younts
John A. (Jay) Younts is the Shepherd Press blogger, and is a ruling elder serving at Redeemer Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in Moore, South Carolina. He has written Everyday Talk, Everyday Talk About Sex & Marriage, Finding the Right Track, the In Touch With Paul stewardship series, and What About War. He has studied and taught about biblical childrearing for 30 years. He and his late wife Ruth have five adult children.