Something powerful happens as a result of loving God. Something unspeakable comes when you trust in Him. Life changes. Your thoughts change. The way you view circumstances changes. Your priorities change. A broader view of a bigger picture is before you, and little things are easily overcome.
Psalm 91: 14-16 “The LORD says, “I will rescue those who love me. I will protect those who trust in my name. When they call on me, I will answer; I will be with them in trouble. I will rescue and honor them. I will reward them with a long life and give them my salvation.”
So, let’s make this personal. Do you love God? Do you trust Him?
This doesn’t say understand God. You don’t have to understand him. You will never understand him. Your human mind cannot fathom the divine details of his eternal plans and how the very things you would choose to avoid play an intricate role in goodness we can’t afford to miss.
Just like the man in Mark 9:24 who brings his son to Jesus for healing, and he believes but he still struggles with doubt. He admits his doubt. He confesses his unbelief while he still believes. And notice, that doubt didn’t prevent Jesus from the miraculous healing.
Our love and trust doesn’t have to be perfect. It will be human. It will question. It will struggle. It will wonder and it will wander. But God never asked us to be perfect, he asked us to keep coming back to him.
Over and over again, we keep coming back to him. We come back to love him, even when we have been angry with him. Yeah, I said it. Angry with God.
I will tell you, my biggest breakthrough in the midst of struggle came when I finally admitted I was mad at God. I was mad my plans couldn’t work out and his plans didn’t feel good. I was mad it didn’t seem fair. And the moment I released that anger and admitted the shameful feelings I had been trying to bury deep within, God wrapped me up in his loving arms and brought me peace I couldn’t understand. All that anger was just gone, and I could come back to loving him. Back to trusting him.
Are you ready to come back to him now?
Not that you understand what has happened. Not that you agree with it or co-sign the crapfest that has unfolded. God never asked us to be on his level. He never asked us to see it all through his eyes. He simply asked us to trust that His eyes see it all, his hand holds it all, and his plans are ultimately for good.
When we love him and when we trust him, there is an exchange. An exchange of our surrender for God’s providence. Yes, providence. This is God’s supreme guidance and care over every single detail of our existence. This is the territory of the impossible being made possible. Not only being made possible, but even appearing as normal.
God’s power is so divine that he can make every impossible thing you need to happen just look completely ordinary in the unfolding. In fact, you might even overlook it. That’s the way his providence often shows up in our lives. So obscure we miss it. So natural we don’t even notice. Yet it is miraculous. And it’s happening right now, all around you.
You don’t see it, but the exchange has been made. Because of your love for God and your trust in him, he is unleashing his power in your life. I know it’s hard to really understand, but again we’re not here to understand it, we’re here to walk in it. Walk in his power today. Dwell in his divine work today. Be completely covered by his mighty hand as he guides you to what is next.
You won’t always see it. You won’t always feel it. But it’s guaranteed to be happening every time you love and trust him.
So here I am again, God, with my doubts and questions, my fears and thoughts that often get sidetracked in darkness, and I declare once again that I love you and I trust you.
“The Lord says, ‘I will rescue those who love me.” Honey, you are being rescued. You are being pulled out of this. Saved. It may fall apart around you, but you not be left in this mess to suffer. Rescue is on the way.
God says “I will protect those who trust in my name.” You are under his divine protection. All the forces of hell can come up against you, but nothing can touch you. You don’t have to fear. Just like Daniel in the lion’s den, you are protected. The mouths of the lions have been sealed here.
Now for this next part, for all those who love God and trust in Him, it’s time to enter your own name. “The Lord says, ‘I will rescue those who love me. I will protect those who trust my name. (Yip, that’s me and you here today, so your name is on the rest of this.) When __(your name)__ calls on me, I will answer. I will be with her in trouble. I will rescue and honor her. I will reward her with a long life and give her my salvation.”
If you will call on God today, he will answer. Guaranteed. Every single time. He will answer your call. Jesus has given you a direct line to the Father and you have access to the Almighty. Make that call today. God, I need you here. It’s right there in your bible. In mine it says, “when Pamela calls on me, I will answer. I will be with her in trouble. I will rescue and honor her.”
Go ahead and claim that as yours, Sis. God knows your name and he is waiting on your call.
Don’t underestimate the power of God’s presence with you in your trouble. I assure you, the enemy flees when he sees God by your side. His stinking little demons tuck their tails and run when you show up with God right by you. Back on down Satan and take your threats with you, this girl has called on God today!
Not only will God rescue you, but he will honor you. Do you understand what it means to be honored by God? It means to be set apart. It means to be adored for WHO you are, not WHAT you have done. It means to be treated special because of your inherent value and worth.
Yes, we receive special treatment. Yes, we are escorted by God himself. Yes we are given full access to impossible things. Yes we are on our way to paradise for an eternity.
Why? Because we love God and trust him. It’s that simple. And no matter how many times we’ve lost our way, today we’re invited to come back to him again.
God, I love you. I trust you. I don’t understand you, but I don’t have to.