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Let’s Trust God This Year

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I read a devotional blog recently that had some good advice. It was a reminder of the love and compassion of God and His desire to connect with us every morning before we get caught up in the busyness of the day. Especially when there are so many things to worry about and so many anxieties that weigh us down.

Do you worry, fret and stew over the circumstances of your life that seem to be beyond your control? Circumstances that keep you awake at night? Anxieties over how you are going to find resolutions to the many problems you face? Psalms 20:7 may be describing your situation: “Some boast in chariots and some in horses…”

That line describes many of us. We look to ourselves, our abilities and our resources as the only solution to our problems. We believe in God. We believe in the power of God. We believe in the love of God… all in generic terms. We just don’t believe that those attributes of God extend to us. God is “A” God, but He is not “MY” God. We have lots of information about God but we lack a personal relationship with that God.

Our worries and anxiety overwhelm us because we look at our situation and our ability to bring about a resolution and we realize we are in trouble! But God would have us excise faith. Faith looks at those same problems and then turns directly to God and cries out, “Help, Lord!”. Faith relies on God’s ability not on our own.

I like what Lamentations 3:22-24 says about God’s willingness and ability to take care of us each and every day:

        The Lord’s lovingkindnesses indeed never cease,
        For His compassions never fail.
        They are new every morning;
        Great is Your faithfulness.
        “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul,
        “Therefore I have hope in Him.”

This verse reminds us that God is more than capable to handle whatever problem we might be facing, and, His attitude towards us is one of love and compassion. And so our responsibility, or better yet, our privilege, is to connect with God each day that He might reveal is plan, His purpose, His solutions, and His compassion to us day. When we do that we will be embracing the last part of Psalm 20:7 which says, “But [ I] will boast in the name of the Lord, [ my ] God.”

In the coming year let’s each make a determination to put our trust in the power and love of God each and every day of 2018.