Daily Devotional – Wednesday, September 15, 2021
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding.” (Proverbs 3:5, NLT)
Just asking the question, “Is God trustworthy?” can feel sacrilegious to many believers, like asking if prayer is important. We can respond with the knee jerk reaction, “Of course!” But stop for a second. How many of us, despite knowing that prayer is important—that as the direct line to God it is absolutely essential to our spiritual health—still struggle with the practice of prayer? Well, the same is true when it comes to trusting God. The question to consider isn’t really about God’s trustworthiness, but whether or not you and I trust Him to the degree that we should. Because, despite our quick affirmations that God is trustworthy, many of us are living our lives as though we are the only ones we can depend on.
Do we pray for God’s help before or after we hit the unmovable obstacle? Do we wait for God’s response to prayers or do we charge ahead? Do we experience peace when circumstances are threatening or do we become fearful and anxious? In what do we place our security—money, RRSPs, job, health, family…or God? If we awoke tomorrow to devastating news of some sort, would we still trust the One who we claim is trustworthy?
Trusting God is difficult because we keep getting in the way. We’re like the toddler with their often repeated assertion, “Me do!”…only to come crying to God with the broken pieces in our hands after our own attempts at independence have failed. You see, I think that trusting God has a lot to do with dependence. When it comes to being children of our Almighty Father, He wants us to rely on Him…entirely. We are never to outgrow our need for God—ever! Yes, we need to mature—to grow in our relationship with Him and our obedience of Him—but remaining reliant on God is not a sign of weakness or immaturity. It is wisdom in action! Why reject dependence on an entirely trustworthy God in a world that too often is filled with disappointments?
~ Pastor Jane
First licensed for pastoral ministry in 1994, Pastor Jane Peck has served in camp and church ministries in three denominations, five provinces and in a variety of roles. Her most recent position is that of Pastor at Hope Chapel which she began in 2020. She is excited to see what God can and will do in the days to come!