I found an interesting passage while reading my bible. I was reading Romans 4 in the Message. The first thing that struck me is the “title” that they give it. Trusting God. Other versions title it Abraham and his faith.
“He trusted God to set him right instead of trying to be right on his own
But if there is no contract in the first place, simply a promise—and God’s promise at that—you can’t break it
This is why the fulfillment of God’s promise depends entirely on trusting God and his way, and then simply embracing him and what he does.
When everything was hopeless, Abraham believed anyway, deciding to live not on the basis of what he saw he couldn’t do but on what God said he would do.
He plunged into the promise and came up strong, ready for God, sure that God would make good on what he had said. That’s why it is said, “Abraham was declared fit before God by trusting God to set him right”
This says that nothing that we do will help us. We have to just plunge into the promise of God trusting him to make good on what he has promised. Not blaming, not doubting, just trusting and moving forward.
Trusting this way is not easy for the control-freaks of today. We like to control how we do everything and what things are like, what we eat, when things happen, who we can get in touch with, everything, but we can’t.
And when we try to control it, we aren’t trusting God. We can run right over what God would have us be doing or thinking or saying. We could be showing someone else the way to trust God, giving him or her comfort or encouragement, or helping in some other way.
I have been thinking of my small group. This is going to be their senior year. What do I want them to take away to college?
I’m thinking that the most important thing I want them to learn is to trust God with their lives, their futures, their careers, and their boyfriends. I want them to be open with God and trust him fully in every area of their lives.
To realize that their worth is not wrapped up in how beautiful they are, how perfect they look, how well they do in school, how popular they are, whether they have a boyfriend or whether men find them attractive, how successful they are, none of those things are important because they are worth everything to God.
He loves them. He yearns to be with them and be the most important person in their lives. He wants to be the one they turn to when they are happy or sad or disappointed or angry or devastated.
My mom wrote to me: (quoting Romans 4) “He plunged into the promise and came up strong, ready for God, sure that God would make good on what he had said.”
God gives us faith, and it follows that God wants us to stay in that faith. When a child looks up to us with trust in his/her eyes, we respond to that trust, wanting to care for their needs. How much more does our Heavenly Father respond to the faith we show Him? We do not tell God what to do, but allow Him to work in our lives.
God and his way just happen in my life. It is a matter of expectations — expectations that as we give our lives to God that we expect God to lead us and work in our lives.