In God I trust?
From Psalms: A 28-Day Devotional
“In God We Trust” is in our pledge of allegiance, our national anthem, and on our money. It's easy to say, easy to sing about, and easy to read. But, it's not always easy to live.
What happens when you get a grim diagnosis or your boss says your position is being eliminated? Will you still trust God if you come home and discover your spouse has moved out?
King David experienced his fair share of anxiety, sorrow, and pain. Just because he loved the Lord doesn't mean his life was easy. David wrote Psalm 56 while fearing for his life, and in Psalm 56:3, he shares the key to overcoming danger and difficulty: "When I am afraid, I put my trust in you [God]."
Fear turns into faith when we place our trust in God. Turning to friends, family, and experts is not a bad thing, but turning to God is the best thing. Our perspective changes as we stop focusing on how big our problem is and start looking at how big our God is. Like David, we'll find our faith grows as we remember God is for us, praise God’s goodness, and recall His promises (Psalm 56:3-4, Psalm 56:9-11).
In the face of a scary diagnosis, a job loss, or a broken marriage, we are not alone. God does not leave us or forsake us (Deuteronomy 31:16). If we'll put our trust in God, in good times and bad, we'll begin to see how deeply He cares for us and how He really can work all things together for our good and His glory (Romans 8:28).
- Is there anything you're having a hard time trusting God with? Talk to Him about it. Tell Him your fears and your concerns.
- What is one promise from the Bible that can help you trust God in this hard time?
- What is one step you can take today to remember to look at how big God is, rather than how big your problem is?