Saturday, May 19, 2012

                Trusting in God and Being Happy No Matter What

God bids His people to trust in Him even though it may seem that He is not with us, or not being as active in our lives as we would want Him to be.  Let me explain, If we have a problem, most of us would want Jesus to deal with it immediately. But Jesus may not always immediately relieve us of our problems.  God will sometimes use those problems or trials to strengthen our faith.  James 1:2-3 says, "My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing this that the trying of your faith produces patience." Did it say  to count a joy when you encounter problems? It certainly does! Our natural human nature shrinks from trials and problems, and is naturally unthankful and grouchy in such situations. But 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 says, "Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you."  Most of us, I think, have a lot of spiritual growing to do! But just think, that when ever have trials, we are becoming more and more patient, and becoming much stronger Christians, as long as we seek to be patient in the trial.  
    Sometimes I think that we just don't have enough finances to last us very long. But then I thought, "Blake, You aren't starving, or in want of hardly anything.  God has taken care of us every time we need Him."  I think it is good for us to not be able to see very far ahead, as far as our daily needs are concerned,and to get "stretched"a little. He wants us to wait until the time when need Him the most. 
When God lead the children of Israel in the wilderness, He gave them only enough manna to last them each day except the Sabbath.  And when Elijah went to the widow of Zarephath, God gave them only enough flour and oil to last them each day(See 1 Kings 17:8-24).  Matthew 6:30-34 says, "Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not worry, saying,'What shall we eat?' or 'what shall we drink?' or ' What shall we wear?'  For after these things the Gentiles seek.  For your heavenly Father  knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things.  Sufficient for the day is its own trouble."
    So today, let us bring all of our cares and troubles to the great Burden-Bearer.  Hebrews 4:16 says, "Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need."