“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 path straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6
My car is my war room. Well, one of my war rooms!
My daily commute to and from work takes approximately one hour each way. It is probably the most calm and the least distracting 2 hours of my day.
In the intimacy of my car I bare my soul to God. It is the place from which I ask him all the hard questions. It has become my sacred place of deep intercession, and it is where I choose to be real and honest with God, because frankly, he already knows my heart. He knows the things I wrestle with.
That is why on this particular day, as I drove along, I faced him with the question of my unanswered prayers. The prayers sought in moments of desperation and tears. Prayers I considered to be of most importance and some of my greatest needs. Still they have yet to be answered.
Have you ever been there? Struggling to understand the reason for your unanswered prayers. Struggling with those times when God is silent?
THE CHALLENGE WITH TRUST
“Trust in God.”
These words can so easily roll off the tongue. Still, it is something I sincerely desire to do. But man! There are days when I find it challenging to exercise trust in God. You would think that trust in God would come easier for us as believers. After all, isn’t that the whole point? We trust him because he is God and we are suppose to know him? Well, if you are like me, you may at times find it easier to trust when things are going well and your prayers get answered. That’s because, in those times, there is little need to exercise trust.
The challenge often comes when things are not going so well. When we are faced with difficulties and trials that threatens to overwhelm us and our prayers seem to bounce off heaven’s door. Those times when we wrestle to understand God’s purpose for our pain, our heartaches and our lack. I think maybe that is part of the problem right there. We wrestle to understand. And sometimes we just won’t understand. These are the times we really need to exercise faith and trust in God.We wrestle to understand. And sometimes we just won't. These are the times when we really need to exercise trust in God.Click To Tweet
God is very much aware of our weakness to trust which is why he gently encourage us though his word. He knows that we are flawed human beings and we lack the power to trust on our own. God longs for us to grasp that he is indeed, trustworthy and dependable. He also longs for us to know and rest in the knowledge that he is faithful in keeping his promises. This is how we learn to trust him. By knowing him. And we get to know him by reading his word and deliberately seeking him.
DO YOU TRUST ME?
On this particular day my Father knew I was struggling. I parked my car in the parking lot and sat quietly while this single question replayed in my mind. “Do you trust me?”
I think I was afraid to answer the question. Afraid my answer would hit me hard between the eyes. But God didn’t let up on me. Several days later as I did some online research, I just couldn’t run anymore. You see, I came across this beautiful poem and I knew God was drawing my attention to his heart for me.
Do you trust me
When things aren’t going right,
When life deals some painful blows,
When finances are awfully tight?
Do you trust me
When tragedy comes your way,
When you don’t get all the answers
When you bend your knee to pray?
Do you trust me
When friends don’t understand,
When there’s no one you can talk to,
No one to hold your hand?
Do you trust me
When there’s warring in your soul,
When there’s darkness all around you
And you’re left out in the cold?
Do you trust me
When evil is against you,
When there’s nowhere left to run
And you can’t find the truth?
Do you trust me?
I need to ask you this,
‘Cause you don’t always know
I’m there in the midst
Of all your tribulations,
Everything that you go through,
I am always there, my child,
And I will never leave you
So I must ask of you
To see if you believe,
No matter what you face in life,
You must always trust in me.
YOU CAN TRUST ME IN THE DARK
When I came upon this poem, I knew God was pursuing me and I felt him speak the following words to my heart.
I know you are weak and I know you are flawed. Do not allow yourself to be tossed about by doubt and fear, instead allow me to be your refuge and strength. You cannot do this on your own so anchor yourself in me.
“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea.” Psalm 46:1-2
“When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.” Psalm 56:3
“Trust in the Lord at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge.” Psalm 62:8
Rest in me while you wait for me to work out my purpose in your life. Do not allow your self to be anxious but instead drawn near and experience my peace. There are no details of your life that is hid from me. I have a clear vision of all that concerns you and I see what you can not. Know that my timing is perfect and I will work it all out for your good.
“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.” Romans 28:8“
As for God, his way is perfect: The Lord’s word is flawless; he shields all who take refuge in him.” 2 Samuel 22:31
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord.” Isaiah 55:8
Dear friends, I want you to know in the moments of reading this poem and the days that followed, I felt hope and I felt loved. You see, God pursued me because he knew I was struggling. Even though I hadn’t answered his question ‘Do you trust me?’, I knew he knew my heart. So in my moment of weakness he chose to douse my fears and reassured me that he hadn’t forgotten me.
In his pursuit of me he brought comfort to my heart and reminded me of his love. Even though my prayers are still unanswered, he was letting me know, he can and should be trusted. At all times but especially in the dark.
Come on friends, let us journey together by faith as we learn to trust God in the darkness where only he can see. God bless you!