"Choose to Trust God"
“It was by faith that Noah built a large boat to save his family from the flood. He obeyed God, who warned him about things that had never happened before.” Hebrews 11: 7 NLT
Faith is obedience when you don’t understand it. The New Testament has 1,050 commands and they are all there for your benefit. God says things like “love your enemies” or “forgive the people who hurt you.” A lot of times, God’s commands are not easy, but they are good for you.
Every time God tells you to do something it’s a test of your faith. And part of the test is: do you trust God or do you trust your gut? Do you trust God or do you trust the world?
We’ve just begun a new year recently. Will you trust God for 2019? Will you trust Him when you don’t always understand why He’s doing what He’s doing?
I grew up in a generation that when parents told you to do something and you asked, “Why” they might have responded “Because I said so!” I know this isn’t as popular; yet there is some wisdom to it. There are things my parents couldn’t explain to me but they just knew what was best for me when I was a child. As an adult I can appreciate that.
When God asks you to do something that you don’t understand it is part of a test. Faith is believing when you don’t see it. It’s also obeying when you don’t understand it. If you do not learn to obey, you’ll miss many blessings in life that God has in store for you.
If you learn to do what God tells you to do without question, even when it’s exactly the opposite of what you want to do, you’re going to grow in faith and you’re going to be blessed. Let’s make responding in faith our focus for this year.
Peace in the Lord,
P.S.: Thanks to all those who offered devotions over the Christmas season. It was a wonderful gift to all of us.