Monday, November 6, 2023

Pastor's Ponderings, November 6, 2023

Trusting God In Difficult Times


Have you found out that your goals may never be achieved?  Have you found out that the illness is very bad?  Have you ever been disappointed by those who you have trusted in and believed in?  Despite life’s disappointments, the Bible tells us to trust God with all our heart and don’t rely on what we understand (Proverbs 3:5-6).


Our great God is more than enough for all our problems.  It may seem like all is lost but He promised us that He would supply everything that we need (Philippians 4:19)It may not be now or even soon, but He will work things out for our good (Romans 8:28).  It may seem that God does not always come through for us. We know that people have, are, and will suffer catastrophes in their life even though God is All powerful. 


In the Bible, Job questioned God concerning all his trials and tribulations. In reply, God told Job what He had done and was doing.  As a result, Job repented and said that he had spoken carelessly (Job 42:1-3).  Many times, we will talk about the bigness of our problems and not consider the bigness of our God who wants to bring us hope and a successful conclusion in our lives (Jeremiah 29:11).


Let us look at our God and not focus on the world’s powerful distractions. We may not understand fully what is going on, but we must remember that God holds the whole world in His hands.  Let us have confidence in Him that He knows what He is doing.


Proverbs 3:5-6

New International Version

5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;

in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight


Philippians 4:19

New International Version

19 And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.


Romans 8:28

New International Version

28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.


Job 42:1-3

New International Version
1 Then Job replied to the Lord:

2 “I know that you can do all things; no purpose of yours can be thwarted.

3 You asked, ‘Who is this that obscures my plans without knowledge?’ Surely I spoke of things I did not understand, things too wonderful for me to know.


Jeremiah 29:11

Amplified Bible

11 For I know the plans and thoughts that I have for you,’ says the Lord, ‘plans for peace and well-being and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.



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