Do You Truly Trust?

Do You Truly Trust?

I’m preparing for the trip of a lifetime…I’m leaving for Israel the day after this gets posted! To think that I will be experiencing in person the land, the people and the history that I’ve been reading about is still hard to believe.

Hebrews 13:8 “Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever.” (NLT)

Part of my preparation has included a 30 day devotional book which pulls from Scripture that speaks to Israel, its land and its people. One of the themes that has jumped out at me has been this idea of trust. Geographically, Israel is set low between two ridges so that it relies on the melting snow from Mount Hebron for its water which only provides for a small amount and timeframe each year. Most of the time, they must rely on God providing the rain they need to farm and survive. This is still true today and yet Israel has plentiful crops and farming. How can this be?

It’s because they are forced to trust and realize that on their own, they can do nothing. So instead they pray, pray boldly in fact and then they wait. Our culture is the opposite. We now have phones with computers at the tips of our fingers; we believe we are the masters of everything  and take “pride” in finding information in the split of a second. We can’t understand when something doesn’t work out the way we want and find someone to blame when that happens. We like everything instantaneous; we like bring in control.

I couldn’t help but think about if I truly trust God to provide, in all circumstances and at all times. At times I do, sure, but all the time? If I’m honest, that answer is no. Do I pray boldly when faced with situations which are out of my control and do it first before anything else? Not always. It’s funny because if others are sharing about their concerns, I almost always ask if they’ve prayed and encourage them to trust God. Of course, that doesn’t mean we just wait without doing anything that God has directed us to do or given us the ability to do. We are. But trust is difficult. Trust takes time. And trust means accepting that we really aren’t in control. That’s the part I’ve found people struggle with the most.

The Israeli people from the very beginning have had to be obedient and have had to trust. They had to trust that God would help them defeat the many enemies that have come against them, and He has. They continue to trust that they will remain a nation, that God will not only protect but also provide for them. Since God is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow, shouldn’t we trust Him with our lives too? Today I commit to trust completely and fully.

 

Tina Dorward About Tina Dorward

Tina Dorward is a fully-devoted follower of Christ who loves spending time with her husband and two sons and volunteering at her local church. In her free time she reads, writes, paints and cooks.

Comments

  1. Tina, I can relate with your struggle in trusting the Lord fully. We just tend to doubt the very One who will never let us down. I pray safety for you on your trip and a true closeness and feeling of trust in the Lord like never before. Bless you my sister in Christ!

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  2. Tina Dorward says:

    Thanks Paula. I really appreciate the kind words and prayers for the trip as well. I’m sure I’ll have lots to pull from to share future posts. God bless.

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  3. Janet K Brown (@janetkbrowntx) says:

    Good thoughts, Tina. Yes, the Israelites existence is built on trust in God. Often times they have failed. So do we all. Enjoy your trip there. Fantastic opportunity. Come back safely.

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