Say Yes to Trust: day three

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Say Yes to Trust: day three

EVEN IF TRUST

Daniel 3:13-18

13 Then Nebuchadnezzar flew into a rage and ordered that Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego be brought before him. When they were brought in, 14 Nebuchadnezzar said to them, “Is it true, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, that you refuse to serve my gods or to worship the gold statue I have set up? 15 I will give you one more chance to bow down and worship the statue I have made when you hear the sound of the musical instruments. But if you refuse, you will be thrown immediately into the blazing furnace. And then what god will be able to rescue you from my power?”

13 Then Nebuchadnezzar flew into a rage and ordered that Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego be brought before him. When they were brought in,14 Nebuchadnezzar said to them, “Is it true, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, that you refuse to serve my gods or to worship the gold statue I have set up? 15 I will give you one more chance to bow down and worship the statue I have made when you hear the sound of the musical instruments. But if you refuse, you will be thrown immediately into the blazing furnace. And then what god will be able to rescue you from my power?”

16 Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego replied, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you. 17 If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God whom we serve is able to save us. He will rescue us from your power, Your Majesty. 18 But even if he doesn’t, we want to make it clear to you, Your Majesty, that we will never serve your gods or worship the gold statue you have set up.”

EVEN IF

In this passage from, Daniel the three Hebrews are arrested and brought before the King of Babylon, a wicked and self-indulgent land. They are given an ultimatum “Bow and worship the idol or die in the fire.”

In verse 18 they unveil this “even if” trust. If we are thrown into the fire, God can rescue us, but EVEN IF He doesn’t, we will not bow. WHAT?! Even if He doesn’t do things how we are expecting Him to we will not bow, we will continue to worship the One True God!

How many times am I willing to pull my trust from God because a situation takes a turn and it begins to look like I will not get my desired outcome? I am perfectly willing to trust IF I will get what I want. Is that trust or is that a negotiation? Is that trust or is it being a control freak? Is that trust or is it manipulation? It looks a lot like selfishness, it looks nothing like Jesus. These men were willing to trust God EVEN IF they lost their very lives.

As they display this “even if” trust we see peace, joy, a holy confidence in their lives. We see a win/win mindset. If we are delivered, we win. Even if we aren’t delivered, we win. Because either way we are with Him. They are thrown into the fire. But they don’t burn because there is a fourth man in the fire – Jesus. He delivers them without a fiber singed or any whiff of smoke. EVEN IF trust is where I want to live! Jesus sums it up well in Mark 8:35, “If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake and for the sake of the Good News, you will save it.” EVEN. IF.


written by: David Simerson

Say Yes to Trust: day two

Gideon watched God whittle his army down from 32,000 men to only 300 men before sending him out to fight against the Midianites.  Judges 6-7

Esther approached her King without being summoned, an act that could’ve ended her life, to plead for the lives of every Jewish person throughout the kingdom.  Esther 3-7

Abraham picked up a knife to kill his own son as a sacrifice. Genesis 22

 

What do the main characters in all these stories have in common? An unwavering and absolute TRUST in the God they serve. A belief that their God would show up and do something on their behalf.

Sometimes we read stories like this and wonder how someone could ever get to a place where they could trust God like that??  With their very lives.  Or, in some cases, the lives of an entire nation or people group.  

And yet all of these stories are threaded with many little moments of trust, leading up to their one great awe-inspiring decision to trust God in the face of overwhelming odds.  Trust grows exponentially over time.  When we decide to trust God in small areas of our lives and we are able to see His faithfulness to us, our trust grows. And each trust step we take, leads us deeper and deeper, allowing us to trust Him with even harder and more difficult areas of our lives.  

Trusting is a daily act of surrendering our will to His, trusting His plan over ours and acknowledging his faithfulness to us.

The dictionary definition of trust is this:  a firm belief in the reliability, truth, ability, or strength of someone or something.  

Gideon had a firm belief in the strength of God to help him win in battle.  Esther had a firm belief in the truth of God to reveal Haman’s evil plot to extinguish the Jews.  Abraham had a firm belief in the reliability of God to provide another sacrifice. All were able to trust in the midst of dire circumstances because they had learned from previous experiences that the God in whom they placed their trust was indeed able to be trusted. He had proven himself.  He had come through for them before and He would do it again.  

Sometimes we are prone to forget the many ways that God has come through for us in the past.  But, if we want to be people who trust God, then we also need to be people who share our stories of God’s faithfulness with one another.  Because as we share, our faith increases.  And so does our trust.  

This week, let’s take another trust step forward and determine to give Him complete access to a new area of our lives.  Whether that might be trusting Him with our kids, our finances or maybe our health.  Let’s remember all the ways that He has been faithful to us in the past, and let it fill our hearts with trust going forward.


written by: Jessica Broberg

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Say Yes to Trust: day one

“The Lord is my shepherd.

I shall not want.

He makes me lie down in green pastures.

He leads me besides still waters.

He restores my soul.”

Psalms 23:1-3

 

Green pasture. Still waters…

Of course, a soul would be restored in this setting. How could it not? So why do I fight against trusting my God when this beauty is where He wants to take me??

I have to admit- I have a hard time believing God wants the best for me because I’ve been ‘let down’ many times by God before. I had something I’ve prayed for and he whispers to me, “Do you trust me?”  I respond excitedly yes only to be left disappointed when the prayer isn’t answered in the way I’m expecting.

Say YesIt took a year to work out my frustrations with God after we moved up to Austin.

I had many dreams of helping countless lives through the farm God told us to leave behind. He blessed us with a wonderful home, but it is in town. My horse of 21 years was rehomed far away. It pained me to give up all the peace and security of the country. I had trusted God and he didn’t come through in my eyes.

But oh, He had! It took a while for him to soften my heart but when I finally surrendered what I thought was best I realized God has blessed us more than I could have asked for! More growth has come to pass this past year than all the 11 years combined when we were on that farm- Our marriage is stronger than ever. Our family is closer than it’s ever been- we laugh more together, our children are standing strong and figuring out their personal relationships with God. I rest now, like really stop to rest which I’ve never done before. All because we chose to trust God, and this is only the beginning of our journey!

The thing I’ve been learning is- God’s BEST doesn’t look like the world’s best.

The world screams its many bests at us- a successful job, a beautiful house, being smart or beautiful, to appear everything is in order in your household. The worlds best leaves us wanting, frazzled, & sometimes depressed and lonely. Nothing close to what this scripture paints.

God’s best has substance.

His best is a peace that surpasses all understanding, a joy that doesn’t waver with situations surrounding you, an identity in Him where you know you are loved and treasured, the courage to face your fears, genuine thankfulness for all the things you already have… You will not be wanting because you are trusting in Him and surrounded in HIS best!

David knew our God and trusted in a way we still can’t grasp as clearly today. Maybe it was the slow-moving days of the quiet back then- not having to drive vehicles hurriedly through congested roads, no bosses breathing down his back with pressing deadlines, no TV or internet to distract his aching heart, or no obligatory payments weighing on his soul. He watched sheep all day and had all day to do it. Whatever the difference was David had a clear perspective on how fleeting this world is and how great and good our God is… and we can too.

God desires the best for us.

THE BEST. And when we continue to discover the differences of God’s best to the World’s best, like David had, it’s all the easier to trust our Mighty, Loving Father with our lives.


written by: Israel Keefe

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