Is God Trustworthy?

Trust.

Without trust, relationships are superficial at best.

If you don’t trust someone, you won’t waste your time to get to know them.

Life is too full for that.

Too many things to do.  Too many people to talk to.

Think about the person (or people) that you trust the most right now…

Why do you trust them?

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If you were to write down a list of reasons why you trust someone, it would most likely include reasons like…

“They’ve always been there for me.”

“They’ve always been honest with me.”

“They’ve never let me down.”

“They know the real me…and they still stick with me.”

These reasons don’t just happen overnight.  Relationships take time…especially the ones that are worth investing our time and emotional energy into.

Is God trustworthy?

Is He worth investing your time to get to know Him better?

I guess it depends on if you think He will always be there for you and never let you down (and all the other reasons why we choose to trust anyone).

Here’s what I think…

I think God is trustworthy because…

He is always there for me.  (Hebrews 13:5b)

He is always honest with me.  (Numbers 23:19)

He never lets me down.  (Romans 8:28)

He knows me better than anyone, and He still loves me.  (Psalm 139:1)

10 For since our friendship with God was restored by the death of his Son while we were still his enemies, we will certainly be saved through the life of his Son. 11 So now we can rejoice in our wonderful new relationship with God because our Lord Jesus Christ has made us friends of God.  (Romans 5:10-11)

What My Attic Taught Me About God’s Word

Attics are dark.

I rediscovered that this morning when I went looking for some boxes of books in our attic…

I couldn’t see anything clearly.

When I wasn’t tripping over stuff, I was trying to read labels.

But, everything looked the same.

So, I had a decision to make…

Keep trying to find the boxes in the dark or go back down the attic ladder and get a flashlight.

Option one seems easier sometimes, doesn’t it?

I mean, I’m already up there.

I can squint and maybe read a label or two.

Or, maybe I could pick a box or two that I think is the right one and get lucky.

But, really all I’m doing is wandering around in the dark and getting frustrated.

So, I decided on option two.

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This world we live in can be a lot like our attics…dark and hard to see things clearly.

And, every day you have a decision to make…

Keep trying to live your life in the dark or go to God’s Word and let Him guide you.

Option one may seem easier at times, but it only leads to more pain and frustration.

God has given us His Word to guide us…to give us a light to see in this dark world.

But, just like a flashlight, His Word will not help you if you don’t put it in your hands and use it.

So, stop wandering around in the dark, go get your Bible, and let God guide you.

“Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path.”  (Psalms 119:105)

How dead are you?

You remember the classic scene from the movie “The Princess Bride”…

The one where Westley is “mostly dead” and Miracle Max brings him back to life with a magic pill?

Yeah, that one.

How dead are you?

Seems like an odd question to ask (especially if you’re reading this because that would mean that you must be alive).

But, how dead are you spiritually?

All of us were born with a soul…

That spiritual part of us that makes us humans created in “God’s image.”

So, are we born spiritually alive or dead or somewhere in between?

Are we just “mostly dead” spiritually?

Because if we’re just “mostly dead” all we need is a magic pill.

If we’re just “mostly dead” then that means that there’s something we can do to save ourselves.

Be a good person.

Follow the rules.

The problem is we’re not “mostly dead” spiritual beings when we’re born.

We’re dead dead.

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And, there’s only One who can raise the dead.

His name is Jesus.

Stop trying to be good.

Stop following the rules.

Follow Jesus.

Only He can save you.

“Once you were dead because of your disobedience and your many sins.  But God is so rich in mercy, and he loved us so much, that even though we were dead because of our sins, he gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead. (It is only by God’s grace that you have been saved!)”  (Ephesians 2:1,4-5) (NLT)

Recharging Your Soul

Power.

We all need it.

The pace of life requires constant “recharging.”

And, not just physical recharging…

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Our souls need power just as much (or more) as our physical bodies need power.

So, how are you taking care of your soul today?

The best thing you can do today to recharge your soul is get to know Jesus better.

Think about it…

You take time every day to eat & sleep so that your physical body can recharge.

Doesn’t it make sense that you would take time every day to get to know Jesus better so that you can be spiritually recharged too?

God created us as spiritual beings who need spiritual power just as much as our bodies need physical power.

And, He promises to give you all the power you need as you get to know Jesus better.

How do you get to know Him better?

You spend time with Him…

Talk to Him.

Read His Word.

It may be the most powerful thing you do today.

As we know Jesus better, his divine power gives us everything we need for living a godly life.  He has called us to receive his own glory and goodness.”  2 Peter 1:3  (NLT)