Who do you trust when everything seems to be in flux?
Regulations, restrictions, new normal, work conditions, the economy… they all seem to change daily. It feels like playing a basketball game and someone keeps changing the rules. How do you know when you are winning?
During uncertainty, we begin to question everything from our government, to our employer, our instincts and even our God. So…
How do you trust God… in 2020? Here’s one thing I’ve learned…
I think the way I have to trust God in 2020 is the same way Jeremiah trusted God in 600 BC. His city has been destroyed. His security has been decimated, his home has been lost, and he decides to express his frustration to God!
‘Peace has been stripped away, and I have forgotten what prosperity is. I cry out, “My splendor is gone! Everything I had hoped for from the Lord is lost!” The thought of my suffering and homelessness is bitter beyond words. I will never forget this awful time, as I grieve over my loss.”
Getting honest with God is always a good thing. In fact, here’s the one thing I’ve learned – Expressing your frustration TO God will elevate your faith IN God.
Expressing your frustration TO God will elevate your faith IN God.
In Jeremiah’s case he reached the bottom of the barrel emotionally and spiritually but then his mood changes completely. Take a look at what Jeremiah says next:
“Yet I still dare to hope when I remember this: The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning. I say to myself, “The Lord is my inheritance; therefore, I will hope in him!”’
What caused the turn around? How did he change from distrust to trust? He saw the God was still bigger than even this.
I love what the late author Tim LaHaye says in his classic book Trusting God:
“Even the nation in the depth of its sin was not cut off from God’s love. God disciplined the nation severely, but He did not cease to love it. We, too, if we would speak of the Lord’s great faithfulness, must turn from our circumstances to the Lord. We must see our circumstances through God’s love instead of, as we are prone to do, seeing God’s love through our circumstances.” Tim LaHaye, Trusting God
How did the writer turn to the Lord? He reflected on the love, the compassion, and the faithfulness of God.
How about today we make two lists:
One, of all the things we’ve lost. Cry out to God. Get real with him. He can take it.
And the second? A list of all the things that will not change. God’s love for us. Jesus death and resurrection. His mercy and grace extended. And that our hope is not in the things of this world, but in the next.