Today’s Reading: John 14:1-14
“If you trust me, you are trusting not only me, but also God who sent me. For when you see me, you are seeing the one who sent me. I have come as a light to shine in this dark world, so that all who put their trust in me will no longer remain in the dark” (John 12:44-46).
“Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me” (John 14:1).
“I am leaving you with a gift – peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid” (John 14:27).
The disciples were unaware of what was ahead, but Jesus knew. He spoke the words he would want them to remember when times ahead became difficult – Trust Me. Do not be troubled or afraid. Place your trust in me and I will give you peace of mind and heart.
These last few years, God has taken me on a journey of faith and trust. When faced with an unfamiliar situation, I can hear God say, “Trust me.” When faced with a tough decision, I can hear God say, “Trust me.” When asked to let go of something God has given me, I can hear God say, “Trust me.” When asked to walk away from the known into the unknown, I can still hear God say, “Trust me.”
There are many times when I have to trust God with my children, something that is often difficult to do. Other times I am at such a loss that it is easier to trust God with my children because I know I do not have the answers. I do know that God is God and I can trust Him. When a team of six doctors and nurses swarmed around Libby’s hospital bed prepared to intubate in order to keep her breathing, I had to trust God. When our family physician ordered a series of tests to determine why Madeira has so much back pain, I had to trust God. When Brooke struggled with the transition to a new school in Texas, I had to trust God.
Last year, my parents told me of a surgical option for my father in order to fight his battle against the progressive Parkinson’s disease. The thought of my father undergoing this surgery scared me. I had to trust God. When our family received the news two days before his surgery that his brother had suffered two heart attacks and the family was seeking hospice care, we had to trust God. When his brother died the same day as my father’s first surgery, I grieved my father’s loss. That he would be unable to attend the funeral or say his goodbye to his brother was a heavy weight for all of us. Again, I had to trust God. In less than a month, I will drop off my precious Libby to college and start a new phase of our life. I am trusting God!
This week we have been soaking in one of my favorite verses:
Show me your ways, Lord, teach me your paths.
Guide me in your truth and teach me,
for you are God my Savior and my hope is in you all day long. – Psalm 25:4-5
When what is ahead is unknown, we can submit to God’s sovereignty and say – I trust you, Lord. Show me your perfect ways and teach me how to walk the path you have set before me. Guide me in what is true and teach me what you need me to learn. You are my God and you are my Savior. I place my hope in you no matter what today brings. I trust you.
This morning, I pray that you hear God’s voice saying, “Trust me.” I pray the response of your heart is to say with confidence – You are God, my Savior, and my hope is in YOU all day long!
Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take (Proverbs 3:5-6).
Praise the Lord! For he has heard my cry for mercy. The Lord is my strength and shield. I trust him with all my heart. He helps me and my heart is filled with joy. I burst out in songs of thanksgiving. The Lord gives his people strength (Psalm 28:6-8a).
But I am trusting you, O Lord, saying, “You are my God!” My future is in your hands (Psalm 31:14-15a).
But when I am afraid, I will put my trust in you (Psalm 56:3)
We know how much God loves us, and we have put our trust in his love. God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them (1 John 4:16).
Can you add to this? What verse or words has the Lord given you when you need to trust Him in any situation?