I'm so grateful for God's faithfulness and the way he can transform hearts. I've been very encouraged by friends and family who daily strive to serve and know God more. We need to revere God, but we still struggle daily with our flesh. We want to be encouraged and hear truth, but I know my heart does not always receive it. I can be stubborn with fear and worry over things, but God continues to remind me to rejoice in his constant provision and faithfulness. I know God provides and I say that God will provide repeatedly, but how do I act that out daily?
Tod and I help teach stories of the Old Testament to the three-year-old kiddos at our church. It's a fun time and it has taught us ways to teach our own kids about the love and power of God. We have been studying about Abraham's family and the nations that God promised to give them. God tells Abraham to leave his comfortable home because he would give him a family and nation somewhere else. God tells Abraham and Sarah that he will give them a son; He tells them that nations would be born from them.
And he brought him outside and said, “Look toward heaven, and number the stars, if you are able to number them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your offspring be.” And he believed the Lord, and he counted it to him as righteousness. Genesis 15:5-6
"And he believed the Lord."
Whew, do I act on my belief in the Lord?
It's very easy to put Abraham on a pedestal and revere his trust in God, but Abraham merely knew that GOD was sovereign and faithful, not because of his own actions, but because God is perfect, loving and good (1 John 4:10).
We constantly tell our kids that God gives us all that we need. He makes promises and He always keeps his promises. So, what are practical ways that I place my trust in Him?
Will I be anxious about finances?
Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? Matthew 6:26
Should I be frustrated or discontent over trials or health?
If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you. Romans 8:11
We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair.
So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:8, 16-18
Does God give me love, patience, self-control and wisdom to parent?
Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen. Ephesians 3:20-21
God promises redemption and provision: a guaranteed fulfillment.
It's important to know that God gives good things to his children, even though it's hard to see at times. We're not perfect and we don't deserve one thing we have, "but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us." (Romans 5:8)
It's easy to become overwhelmed, angry, impatient, or worrisome in daily situations; we're human. But we should strive to not sin in those moments.
Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger (Ephesians 4:26). This verse in Ephesians was really freeing for me. It's a reminder that I am weak and will always be on this earth, BUT (big BUT) I am redeemed and can joyfully rest in the life God gives me!
Since we have these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of body and spirit, bringing holiness to completion in the fear of God.
2 Corinthians 7:1