I Will Trust...
I Will Trust…
Terry Dashner……Faith Fellowship Church PO Box 1586 Broken Arrow, OK 74013
Robert Hastings writes, “In May of 1970, a disastrous earthquake shook Peru, killing as many as 50,000 people, many of whom were buried under a mass of mud and rocks falling from the Andes Mountains. The number of the dead was so great that many were buried in trenches, wrapped in blankets, and many children in old newspapers. Lamberto Guzman, a journalist in the city of Yungay, said men and women were holding hands in groups, shouting to God to have compassion. Then he added, “God didn’t hear us. The earth kept trembling.’
“Novelist James L. Johnson tells how he and his eight-year-old boy were watching a TV documentary about people living in tin shacks in Saigon, dying of meningitis because the available penicillin had been siphoned into the black market. Turning to his father with tears in his eyes, the eight-year-old asked, ‘Daddy, can’t God do anything?’”
What say you? Is God powerless against evil, devastation, and famine? If He is, then the Bible has gotten it wrong. The Bible declares that God is Sovereign. God is Almighty. God is Lord over all. The Bible also states emphatically that there are times when God seems remote and aloof from His people. If this is true, and I believe it is, then why does God back away from us?
I could give you the philosophical and theological reasons why but they are little consolation to someone suffering. I think what is important is to tell you what I’ve learned about God’s silence. It has taken me 50 years, but I’ve learned something very important about God. I can’t get him to do what I want, because He does only what He wants me to do. Yes, it has taken me many years to get this important point, but I’ve finally gotten it. God is not going to work for me unless I allow Him to work through me. That requires surrender on my part.
A couple years ago, I woke up and said, “Lord not my will, but Thy will be done.” From that day until present time, I’ve rested in Him. I’ve stopped trying to explain God’s actions and started trusting Him through every circumstance in my life. I’m at peace with God, not because I can explain His ways. I can’t. I’m at peace with God because I trust Him to do what is best. I can agree with father Abraham, “Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?” (Gen. 18:25) And Job, also, “For he will not lay upon man more than [is] right” (Job 34:23) and “Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him” (13:15). After all, God owns me. He can do as He desires.
Keep the faith. Stay the course. Jesus is coming soon.
About the Author
Pastors a small church in Broken Arrow, OK. US Navy Veteran and retired police officer. Father of three grown children. Lover of America.
Article Source: http://www.redsofts.com/articles/
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