Walking In Wisdom: Leaning On The Promises of God
What is it that makes us trust someone, or something? Is it a good track record, and consistent success? Rhiannon encourages us that we can wholeheartedly trust God based on His faithful promises in the Bible; He was, He is, and He will be. Have a good weekend! N x
Trusting God can often be difficult; whether it is trusting that He has good plans for us this year, trusting that He can provide for us in this hard situation, or trusting that He is really with us, it can be a challenge.
This year I have had to learn to trust God with my health - I started getting paralysis with my migraines, and whenever it happened I had to go to hospital in an ambulance. It was terrifying losing all control, and had to step off my Nursing Course for the year as I couldn’t look after others until I was well enough myself.
It felt scary and unknown with a whole year ahead of me, not knowing what was causing my paralysis – this wasn’t the plan God! What’s going on? Can I really trust you to help me through this?
I decided to dig deep into the Bible and find some promises to cling onto, to remind me that I could trust God. I found so many scenarios and promises that encouraged me to keep trusting God, even when it was really hard.
‘Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight.’ - Proverbs 3:5-6.
We can trust God by doing two things: looking back and looking forward.
We look back in the Bible and we see God’s sovereignty and faithfulness in seemingly impossible situations. We see this numerous times in the Old Testament: for example, in Deuteronomy 1, God tells the Israelites to go to the country of the Amorites, but the Israelites are afraid and say the “people are stronger and taller than we are; the cities are large, with walls up to the sky”.
This can often be our reaction to a challenge - we see the challenge and forget to put God in the picture. But God is quick to reassure the Israelites in Verse 30 that He is going before them and will help them, as He did before freeing them from the Egyptians. It continues;
‘There you saw how the Lord your God carried you, as a father carries his son, all the way you went until you reached this place.’ (Deuteronomy 1:30)
The Israelites needed to be reminded that God had demonstrated that He was sovereign and faithful before, and would continue to be both sovereign and faithful. We too must learn to look back and see that these are both part of God’s character. He cannot be unsovereign or unfaithful - that’s not who He is. Our experiences of God can help to build our trust and we must look back and remember how far He has brought us.
We also remember God’s promises of what is to come, so we look forward. We look at promises about God’s plans for us -
‘“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11)
We look at promises about God guiding and satisfying our needs -
‘The Lord will guide you always. He will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame.’ (Isaiah 58:11)
And we remember His promise to be with us always -
‘And surely I am with you always to the very end of the age.’ (Matthew 28:20)
When we remember that God has been sovereign and faithful before, we can trust in these promises that God will continue to be both of these things.
Trusting is a daily active choice and it can be hard, but we know that God is utterly trustworthy and reliable. He doesn’t let us down, and this year I have found this to be the case for me. I had a brain injection and am on a strong medication and am now well enough to go into my final year of Nursing. I found that God does have good plans for me and He was with me every step of the way, strengthening and helping me.
I have found Him to be utterly trustworthy.
Rhiannon is a final year Paediatric Nurse at Kings College London. She loves Jesus, singing at the top of her lungs, salsa dancing, baking anything chocolatey and wants to be a missionary in Africa when she qualifies!