Grace has written a beautiful finale to the Trust summer series complete with breathtaking photography from her recent trip to Lebanon. Her words beg this question of us: can we trust God to the point of life and death?
She was a young girl, barely old enough to be called a woman. She didn’t have big plans for her life, just to live quietly with the one who was her betrothed. Then an angel showed up with a message that would not only drastically change the future of her existence, but completely alter the course of history.
She must have foreseen the hardships and trials along the way. They taunted her, lurking in the shadows of her mind. Doubts, fears, and worries may have tormented her, tempting her to resist. Yet she willingly offered her life to the Lord as His humble servant. And she bore the Son of God through a broken body into a broken world.
A humble shepherd challenged a mocking monster of a man, because he trusted in a strength not his own.
Three men defied a wicked king’s command when threatened with fiery death, fully expecting God to reward them whether they lived or died.
An exile-made-queen begged a foreign king for the lives of her people, rather than ignore their plight. Though entering the king’s presence unbidden put her own life in jeopardy, she recognized that her life was ultimately in God’s hands. And He would deliver.
These men and women are well-known Bible heroes. Through each of their stories, a thread is woven that is impossible to ignore: they trusted God with their future to the point of death.
Would I do the same?
Nope. Not according to my current life history. Not according to strangers who have seen me panic in crowded airports, nor close friends trying to give me courage, nor staff in busy waiting rooms, nor praying parents…
But if you asked them, the ones who know me best might add, “She’s learning.” And that’s what I’m going to write about – what I’m learning as I take steps to trust God with my future.
- We can’t trust Someone we don’t know.
Have you ever done a “trust fall” into a friend’s waiting arms? Falling backward towards their arms and expecting them to catch you can be a fun game. But have you ever shouted “Trust fall!” and fallen towards a complete stranger? I haven’t. Because life doesn’t work like that. There has to be a deeper foundation – a relationship – before we are able to trust someone.
It’s the same way with God. If He’s a stranger to us, then of course we won’t trust Him with our future. Trust requires a solid foundation of faith that results from a knowledge of God.
Sometimes, I think I don’t trust God because I don’t fully know Him, or remember who He really is. If I did, I would trust Him without a second thought.
After all, He is Elohim, the Creator God, the Giver and Sustainer of all life everywhere. He is my Shepherd, and will lead me through green pastures. Even if I walk through the Valley of the Shadow of Death, He will be by my side. He is my Redeemer, my Shield, my Healer, and so much more. If I study His attributes, learn more about Him and draw near to Him through His Word and prayer, I begin to see why it was unreasonable to doubt Him in the first place.
Famous heroes of the faith were not shallow in their dedication to God. They walked close by His side.
Know Who you trust.
- We forget Who is standing with us in the flames.
For the three men who defied a wicked king’s command, their future seemed sure death. It seemed that God would let them be burnt alive; they were thrown straight into the roaring fury of flames, and nothing stopped them. Then they realized they were still alive, completely unharmed. God had delivered them, the God they trusted.
Trials in our life can be similar to the story of these three men. I might be afraid to trust God’s plan for my future because I see the danger that lies ahead. But I’m forgetting Who’s always been with me.
When it feels like the fiery flames of life are going to destroy you, you turn to see the Son of God standing in the flames with you.
Why fear the future when an all-powerful God is waiting to meet us in the trials ahead?
- We’re under the illusion of control.
I know that God is the one who controls my life, but sometimes it’s easy to forget. We can’t actually decide what our future will be – shocking, isn’t it?
I could give example after example of how God has changed “my” plans. I was certain I would live out in the country forever. Now I live 10 minutes from the heart of an enormous city. I’ll always be a country girl, but I may never live there again. Was that in my plan? No. But God unquestionably brought my family to the city for purposes I never could have imagined.
And as I write this, I’m sitting on the balcony of an apartment building in Lebanon. If you had told me a few months ago that I’d be spending four weeks of my summer in the Middle East on a missions trip, I would have laughed. Now here I am.
It reminds me of the parable of the rich man, who assumed he had the future all planned out:
“And He told them a parable, saying, ‘The land of a rich man produced plentifully, and he thought to himself, “What shall I do, for I have nowhere to store my crops?” And he said, “I will do this: I will tear down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I will say to my soul, ‘Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; eat, drink, be merry.’” But God said to him, “Fool! This night your soul is required of you, and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?”
- Luke 12:16-20
Only God is in charge of my future. He expects me to trust and serve Him with all I’ve got.
Let me live my life in such a way that when everything is over, it will be said that I trusted God to the point of life and death.
Grace Green combines her photography with writing to create soul-searching articles on her blog, Everlasting Love. https://everlastinglove1.wixsite.com/blog. Her purpose is to testify to God’s everlasting love displayed in her life and to encourage others in their spiritual walk with God. Besides writig, she loves to ride horses, volunteer at a youth ranch, play the harp and violin, and enjoy the beautiful state of Colorado.