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Trust in God.
Three little words that mean so much.
Over the past few years, I’ve walked through a season in my life that brought me to my knees before God like no other time before. To be honest that is why I started this blog. I needed a place to put down all that I was learning about God and how I was drawing closer to Him as I walked through that dark season.
It’s easy to trust God when life is good. When our days are bright and promising, it’s seems simple almost to trust God with everything.
You’re blessed with a steady, sufficient income, no troubles, loving husband and kids, and wonderful, supportive family and friends……
Oh but when life is hard, when you’re hit time after time with different events or tragedies that barely let you up for air let alone truly think; trusting God is harder.
Or at least for me it is. I have to dig deeper into my relationship with God and into God’s word. I have to seek harder after God. I have to work more at laying my life: the good and the bad, at Jesus’ feet.
After these things the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision, saying, “Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your exceedingly great reward.” Genesis 15:1
God being my shield and that equating to an exceedingly great reward stuck with me. I’ve never thought about it like that before.
This is a great reminder to not just me, but all of us that God is our shield- our protector. As I let that thought linger in my heart, it brings peace to my soul.
A few verses down in Genesis chapter 15, God talks to Abram.
Then He brought him outside and said, “Look now toward heaven, and count the stars if you are able to number them.” And He said to him, “So shall your descendants be. ” Genesis 15:5
Abram and his wife didn’t have any kids yet and God was promising him a great heritage. I wonder if Abram ever had trouble trusting God in that area. If you continue to read in Genesis you’ll see that it was hard for Abram’s wife to trust God on the promise because she let her maid servant sleep with her husband, Abram.
I’m thinking CRAZY!! But she must have been hurting deeply and troubled by the fact she did not have any offspring. Desperate people do desperate things. If she had only dug deep and trusted God, then she wouldn’t have the consequences of that decision.
I believe being content knowing that God has you and will take care of you during those hard seasons in life bring a peace and rest of its own.
Let’s go back to Abram. In Genesis 15:6…
And he believed in the Lord, and He accounted it to him for righteousness. Genesis 15:6
God told Abram he would have a massive number of descendants. Abram chose to trust God and believe in God’s promises, even though he and his wife had no children yet.
And because Abram chose to believe God; God accounted it to him for righteousness. Abram’s trust in God, Abram’s faith made God count him as pure, sinless and holy before Himself. God did not evaluate Abram as righteous because everything he did, but on his faith in God’s ability.
As we each go through times in life that require us to make a decision to trust God; remember that God is your shield, your exceedingly great reward!