Monday, March 28, 2016

He Cares for Us, Even if We Do Not Trust Him

"Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine own ways before him." (Job 13: 15)

Now, because we understand how much God loves us, and how much better is His Way--new and living, alive in Christ Jesus--let us also rest in His grace and caring for us, even when we struggle to believe, or still find ourselves fighting to rest in His grace.

Look at Abram--later Abraham--who lived under God's perfect promises before the Ten Commandments:

"Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will shew thee:

2And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:

3And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.

4So Abram departed, as the LORD had spoken unto him; and Lot went with him: and Abram was seventy and five years old when he departed out of Haran." (Genesis 12: 1-4)

Notice that Abram took his nephew Lot, when he should have left him in Haran.

Yet God still blessed Him.

"And the LORD appeared unto Abram, and said, Unto thy seed will I give this land: and there builded he an altar unto the LORD, who appeared unto him." (Genesis 12: 7)

Abram did not trust God to produce an heir for him:

"And Abram said, Lord GOD, what wilt thou give me, seeing I go childless, and the steward of my house is this Eliezer of Damascus? 3And Abram said, Behold, to me thou hast given no seed: and, lo, one born in my house is mine heir." (Genesis 15: 2-3)

With all that God had done for him already, Abram still struggled.

How did God answer?

And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, So shall thy seed be. 6And he believed in the LORD; and he counted it to him for righteousness." (Genesis 15: 5-6)

Even when Abram fathered a child with his servant girl, or when he lied--twice!--about his lawful Sarah to save himself (talk about a lack of trust!) the LORD still blessed, cared for, and perserved teh life of Abram, later Abraham.

Consider then all the more God's love for us:

"But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." (Romans 5: 8)

and also

"He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?" (Romans 8: 32)

We do not have to worry about God harming us or killing us. He is for us, and no one can be against us to our hurt (Romans 8: 31)

He cares for us! Why would we not trust Him? (1 Peter 5: 6-7)

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