Trusting The Lord
Psalm 84:12 says, “Lord Almighty, blessed, is the one who trusts in You.”
Did you ever have a friend that you could not trust? I would say that if you did, that he wasn’t really a friend. A friend is a friend because you can trust him.
Yeshua says this in John 15:15, “No longer do I call you slaves, for the slave does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, because all things that I have heard from My Father I have made known to you.”
Yeshua considers us a friend, and as a friend He tells us this in John 14;15, “If you love Me, you will keep My commandments.”
So we have to ask ourselves this: How good of a friend am I?
If I am not a very good friend to God, then how can I expect Him to be a good friend to me? Well, Yeshua considered Judas a friend even though he betrayed Him. Psalm 41:9 says this referring to David’s enemy, but was also quoted when Judas betrayed Yeshua. “Even my close friend in whom I trusted, who ate my bread, has lifted up his heel against me.”
Yeshua knew that one day Judas would betray Him, but still He treated him like His friend and at any time Judas could have changed his mind. God’s mercies are new every morning, Lamentations 3:22-23. God always gives us a chance to change our minds, to repent. So we know God is full of mercy. 2 Timothy 2:11-13 tells us this, “The statement is trustworthy: for if we died with Him, we will also live with Him; if we endure, we will also reign with Him; if we deny Him, He will also deny us; if we are faithless, He remains faithful, for He cannot deny Himself.”
God knows that there are times that we may slip off the path. But if we are friends, then we know that God will grab hold of our hand to bring us back, if we truly are a friend to God. But what about when storms arrive in our lives and we find ourselves going through trials and tribulation,when the heat of the fire gets itself burning, and we are being tested in the fire? Then do we consider God a friend or a foe? Do we quickly forget His mercies and His faithfulness? Do we forget the love of God, and what He has given us through His Son, Yeshua, on the cross of Cavalry? Are we fairweather friends, only looking out for number one…Me? Are we like Judas, who goes as far as not only denying our God, but taking actions as far as walking away from Him or turning our backs and closing our ears, all because He loves us and so He must test us? Do we not know that the testing of our faith brings us closer to God, and makes us stronger to fight the spiritual battles, James 1:2-4 ? Do you not know that it is during these times that we must trust God, our friend, to know what is best for us?
If we were a friend, then we would also know our friend and to know Him is to love Him. He too, was put through the fire and was tested by God, and went through all kinds of trials for us as Hebrews 5:8 tells us, “Although He was a Son, He learned obedience from the things which He suffered.”
Also Isaiah 53:3-6 tells us, “He was despised and abandoned by men, a man of great pain and familiar with sickness; and like one from whom people hide their faces, He was despised, and we had no regard for Him. However, it was our sicknesses that He Himself bore, and our pains that He carried; yet we ourselves assumed that He had been afflicted, struck down by God, and humiliated. But He was pierced for our offenses, He was crushed for our wrongdoings; the punishment for our well-being was laid upon Him, and by His wounds we are healed. All of us, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; but the Lord has caused the wrongdoing of us all to fall on Him.”
Yeshua could have said “NO” to it all, He had the chance in the garden. Remember, Yeshua was a man who was tested like you and me, but He said, “Not My will be done, but Yours.” Why? Because He trusted God. He knew that God was faithful.
And God rewarded Him as it says in Philippians 2:5-11, “Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Messiah Yeshua, who, as He already existed in the form of God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but emptied Himself by taking the form of a bond-servant and being born in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death: death on a cross. For this reason also God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, so that at the name of Yeshua every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and that every tongue will confess that Messiah Yeshua is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
How about you? If you consider yourself as a friend to God, then why not trust Him in all things.
Jeremiah 17:7 says it all, “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord,
and whose trust is the Lord.”
There is a great song that was written by Joseph Scriven called,
“What a friend we have in Jesus”
1.What a friend we have in Jesus, all our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer!
O what peace we often forfeit, O what needless pain we bear,
all because we do not carry everything to God in prayer!
2. Have we trials and temptations? Is there trouble anywhere?
We should never be discouraged; take it to the Lord in prayer!
Can we find a friend so faithful who will all our sorrows share?
Jesus knows our every weakness; take it to the Lord in prayer!
3. Are we weak and heavy laden, cumbered with a load of care?
Precious Savior, still our refuge– take it to the Lord in prayer!
Do your friends despise, forsake you?
Take it to the Lord in prayer!
In His arms He’ll take and shield you; you will find a solace there.
Having trouble trusting God? Take it to prayer. There is no greater friend than our Heavenly Father. You can trust Him with your life.