Tag Archives: trust in God

What About Faith? (Part 2)

Faith includes noticing the mess, the emptiness and discomfort, and letting it be there until some light returns. Anne Lamott

“Trust for a miracle with all your heart” is not exactly what Solomon wrote. He did write, however, Trust in the Lord with all your heart” (Proverbs 3). Trusting in him helps me live peacefully with the tension between the two “wells” (suffer well and get well). Mature followers of Jesus can hold both ends in tension. Maturity is not having answers to all my questions about God, it’s having unanswered questions – maybe lots of them – and being able to live happily with the paradoxes and mysteries that come with a relationship with him. Continue reading

BE BRAVE AND TRUST THAT GOD IS GOOD

[This is the tenth of fourteen passages that saved my life a few years ago.]

Be strong and let us fight bravely for our people and the cities of our God. The LORD will do what is good in his sight.  1 Chronicles 19:13

 

When I discovered this small passage, sort of in passing, I pounced on it like it was $1000 bill that someone unwittingly put out with the recycling. It speaks to the challenge of trusting God for something that he may or may not give me in the end. It answers the question, “Why should I go to the trouble to trust God and live responsibly if he’s not going to give me what I’m working and trusting for?” Continue reading

DON’T BRING MATCHES

[This is number nine of fourteen passages that sustained me in my dark palce a few years ago.]

 10 Who among you fears the LORD

       and obeys the word of his servant?

       Let him who walks in the dark,

       who has no light,

       trust in the name of the LORD

       and rely on his God.

 11 But now, all you who light fires

       and provide yourselves with flaming torches,

       go, walk in the light of your fires

       and of the torches you have set ablaze.

       This is what you shall receive from my hand:

       You will lie down in torment.  Isaiah 50:10-12

Evidently, darkness is not just reserved for the disobedient. When I “fear the Lord and obey the word of his servant” I still have to sometimes “walk in the dark” and rely on God to guide me through it. But, instead of trusting God in my dark place, I’m tempted to try to create my own light, to bring to my darkness a man-made light. I carry my own matches for such occasions. Continue reading

Still more on forgiveness (forgiving God)

Heaven renders unanswerable “why” questions irrelevant and inspires us to live with them in hope. Gregory A. Boyd

Lord, if this is the way you treat your friends, no wonder you don’t have many! Mother Teresa

 Back at the beginning of the bleakness, over Chinese food my friend Joe asked me if my faith in God was in tact since life had become so incomprehensibly dark for me. He was concerned for me and wanted to know how to best support me in my dark night of the soul. I told him that though I didn’t question God’s character, I wondered if he had very “good judgment.” Joe and I had been friends for many years, and he wasn’t used to hearing me talk quite that way, but since he asked, I thought it best to answer honestly. With flushed face he promised to pray for me, which I obviously needed and gratefully welcomed. Continue reading

Is It OK to feel this way? (part two)

You saw my affliction and knew the anguish of my soul… I am in distress; my eyes grow weak with sorrow, my soul and my body with grief. My life is consumed by anguish and my years by groaning; my strength fails because of my affliction, and my bones grow weak. I have become like broken pottery. In my alarm I said, “I am cut off from your sight!”     (Excerpts from Psalm 31)

  • Are you comfortable with the kind of emotion exhibited in this diary entry of David’s?
  • Is it OK with you that he, the “man after God’s heart,” felt anguish, distress, sorrow, grief, groaning, weakness, and terror?
  • Does it surprise you that he had days in which he was afraid to get out of bed?
  • Are we bad Christians for feeling what we feel?
  • Are some emotions bad and others good?
  • Shouldn’t we be happy all the time? After all, we are God’s people.
  • How could we have faith and, at the same time, be depressed?
  • What do we do with these intense feelings that we have at times?
  • Do we disregard them, deny their reality, or try to get rid of them at any cost?
  • Should we be using some spiritual formula to overcome them? Continue reading