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January 7, 2014

January 7, 2014

"You Obey God by Trusting Him"

“But Joseph had no union with her until she gave birth to a son and he gave him the name Jesus.”  Matthew 1: 25 NIV

Some people are really good at the immediate.  They jump right into anything, but they are not good at “keeping on keeping on.”  Other people are good at lasting, but it takes them a long time to get there.

To live the exciting life of faith that God has planned for you, you need to be good at both the immediate and the lasting.  The key to both of those is that you keep on trusting.

We dare not fool ourselves that Joseph understood everything that God was telling Him, but He did know what God told him to do.  Joseph kept on trusting.  Are you willing to trust even when things don't go according to your plan?

I’m always encouraged by what the apostle Paul says in 2 Corinthians 4: 8:  “We are pressed on every side by troubles, but not crushed or broken.  We are perplexed because we don’t know why things happen as they do, but we don’t give up and quit.”  (Living Bible)

I don’t understand why terrible things happen to people.  I don’t understand why children of good, God-fearing people rebel.  There are so many things that don’t make sense but, like Paul, I understand that no matter what, God has called me to not give up.

It helps me to know that I can trust God.  Not only is He with me, He has promised that someday everything will be right.  One day He will bring everyone who trusts in Him together.

Until then, there are two choices of ways you can live your life:  You can live feeling like God owes you an explanation or you can live realizing God has given you great gifts.  You get to make the choice, but remember each choice has an effect.

Living like God owes you an explanation will only land you in a state of constant bitterness because God doesn’t owe you anything.

Even though He doesn’t owe you anything, He has given you everything.  He has given you the most important thing He could give you, His son to die for you.  He gave you a promise that He will be with you always.  Will you trust that or not?

Peace in the Lord,

Pastor Don