DayBreaks for 9/30/15: Struggling with God’s Reliability
From the DayBreaks archive, 2005:
From 2020 Vision, by Bill and Amy Stearns: “Why do we often worry about whether God will come through for us? Why can’t we spend the ‘last’ 75 years of our lives in solid confidence of His working in our lives and feel deeply satisfied with life? Perhaps because somehow we’ve gotten the idea that God is supposed to respond to our pleas, to what we feel are our needs. And often He doesn’t. We become disappointed with Him and – perhaps without ever hinting at such blasphemy – feel that He’s unreliable. The prophet Jeremiah felt exactly that way in his life of troubles; he complained to God, Will you indeed be to me like a deceptive stream with water that is unreliable? (Jer. 15:18) The KJV of that passage puts it about as forcefully as a translator would dare when speaking to God: Wilt thou be altogether unto me as a liar, and as waters that fail?
“Many people who reject God, even when raised in a Christian environment, can point back to a specific event that convinced them that God – if God exists at all – is unreliable. They’ve prayed that God would save the life of a loved one, and the person dies. They experience a horrible personal trauma and God doesn’t rescue them; therefore they feel that God doesn’t care. Even some Christians live the life of a practical atheist. They know He exists and has saved the, but they frankly don’t trust Him because He has ‘let them down.’
“But maybe it’s time for us to get scriptural in our expectations of God’s reliability. He won’t always do what we think He should do. But He will always do exactly what He says He will do. And on this we can base a whole new life of confident assurance, of encouraging hope. God will do what He set out to do, and as we align with that, we have steadfastness and sureness like an anchor of the soul – even through tough times of doubt and tragedy.”
Do you get the critical point here? God won’t always do what we think He should, but He will always keep His word. So when we think that God has promised to heal and He doesn’t, we must have misunderstood or misapplied that promise. We must understand that God never fails to do what He said He would. There is no force in the universe that is strong enough to make Him break His promise. Let us pray for wisdom to better understand what God has said He will do – and not to put our expectations on Him as if we were the potter and He were the clay!
PRAYER: God, we need to be filled with understanding and to be reassured that You are absolutely, totally reliable and trustworthy. We know in our head that You are, but in our fear we sometimes doubt. Increase our trust! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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