Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and will not be afraid; for the Lord God is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation.
Trusting God Over Self
I really struggle with trusting God when I can try to fix things myself. It usually gets me into trouble, though. My immediate response is to fix things; maybe that’s a “guy thing.” But when there are things that I cannot fix, why do I still try? That’s a rhetorical question aimed at me. How about you? Do you immediately respond by trying to fix what are sometimes the unfixable things in life without trusting God? Because for Him, nothing is too hard (Jer. 32:27) and nothing is impossible (Luke 1:37). I know this is true–it’s just my stubborn human pride that gets in the way. I came, I saw, I tried to fix it and failed…again!
In the Lion’s Den
When King Darius made a new decree, which the satraps, the counselors, and the governors (Dan. 6:4-8) came up with as a way to trap Daniel because they were jealous of him and his abilities, Daniel was cast into the lion’s den. The king didn’t really want to do this but was trapped by his own law that others had manipulated him into making. Daniel was in a hard place. His immediate response could have been to go ahead make his petitions to the king instead of to God (Dan. 6:6-8), but Daniel was a man of integrity and was willing to lose his life rather than disobey God. As a result, King Darius regretfully put Daniel in the lion’s den. But when the king saw that Daniel was unharmed, the king knew it was because he trusted in God (Dan. 6:23), and the three who seditiously tried to trap Daniel were themselves cast into the lion’s den (Dan. 6:24). Daniel had no problem trusting God rather than trying to figure it out himself by human reasoning.
Death on the Cross
What harder place was there to be than Jesus dying on the cross? They scorned Him and made fun of Him, saying, “He trusts in God; let God deliver him now, if he desires him. For he said, ‘I am the Son of God’” (Matt. 27:43), but that trust in the Father allowed Him to go to His death. Jesus trusted the Father to raise Him from the dead (Acts 13:27) and would not allow His Holy One to see corruption in the grave (Acts 2:27). That’s because He was sinless, meaning that the grave couldn’t possibly hold Him (Acts 2:24) because Him being without sin, He didn’t have to be concerned about the wages of sin, and the wages of sin is death (Rom. 6:23). My question to you and one that I have to ask myself is this: How might you look at life differently if your immediate response to a problem was to trust God with it rather than trying to fix it yourself, alone?
A Closing Prayer
Father God, nothing is too hard for You. Nothing is impossible for You. I only make it harder when I don’t trust You enough to fix it and sometimes try and solve the problems in my own strength, and for that please forgive me. In Jesus’ name I pray.
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