Sunday, January 15, 2012

His Ways Never Fail

"His Ways Never Fail"
By Zach Wood
Psalm 40:4
Blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, who does not look to the proud, to those who turn aside to false gods.

In all my years of ministry work, both full time vocational and volunteering, I know I have talked so much about how we are to trust in the Lord and lean not on our own understanding.  That phrase comes from the wonderful passage in Proverbs most of us have come to know so well.  We do know that we are supposed to trust in Him and not in our own knowledge.  However, it is easier said than done to trust in Him completely without any reservations rather than trust in our own logic and understanding.  You would not be human if you did not ever trust in your own strength and knowledge.  We all do this and learn great lessons because we come to realize every time that only God's strength and ways prevail. 

In all the years of my Christian life, I know I have put trust where trust should not be.  I have trusted in worldly things.  I have put my trust in others when I knew they would let me down.  Now, this is not to say we cannot trust people, but there are times when we just know there are certain people we should not trust.  I have put my trust in things that I hope would happen and bring me happiness, only to be let down hard and be heart-broken. 

Why do we always seem to have such a hard time trusting in God with all of our heart?  I have wondered this time and time again.  I say that I am a Christian and that I desire to walk closely with God every single day.  However, when I really think about it, I have to ask myself whether or not I totally put all trust in Him.  I doubt His guidance.  I doubt His strength.  I shouldn't, but I do.  I want to trust and I know I need to fully trust in Him.  I am learning and realizing that this is a daily battle I need to overcome and trust that God will provide my strength and direction even when I am scared to death of what might be ahead. 

I want to encourage you to put your trust completely in God's hands, no matter what you are experiencing.  It is good to trust in good friends and family, but they are not perfect and they will make mistakes.  God will never make a mistake in the way He guides you and leads you.  People often put their trust in worldly things and go that route only to discover pain and agony.  God's ways are always better and His strength is eternal.  His ways are never temporary.

I pray and hope you will find yourself trusting in God's strength and guidance more each day.

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