Father Knows Best

Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. — John 14:1 (NIV)

It can be so hard to let go of that which we hold so dear.  Jesus told His disciples that He was going to die and they just didn’t want to let go.  He could sense their troubled hearts and said those comforting words of John 14:1.  The word that is translated “trust” is the same word for faith or belief.  Faith and trust are hard.  Especially when we are called to believe that which we cannot see.  The disciples could not see that what Jesus was talking about was not only for their own good, but it was for their own best.  What Jesus was going to endure on the cross was the best thing that could ever happen to them.  Jesus’ sacrifice brought about forgiveness from sins.  His death paved the way for His resurrection.  His resurrection makes our own resurrection possible.

I believe that there are three keys to trusting in God and Christ:

1) God knows what is best — God can see the big picture.  He knows how this whole thing works out.  In the grand scheme of things, God’s sight is infinite and we can barely see past the reach of our arms.

2) God will always provide what we need — God will not always give us what we want, but He will always provide what we need.  This goes along with God knowing what is best.  What we want is not always the best thing for us.  God, who knows what is best, will always provide what we need.

3) God will always do what is loving — God is love according to 1 John.  Day after day God pours out His love on us.  Over and over He demonstrates His incomprehensible love for His children.  It only makes sense that this God of love would only act compassionately and lovingly towards His children.  We can trust Him because He loves us and will always do what is loving.

In what ways do you struggle with trusting God?  Is it finances?  Family?  Faith?  How has God proved Himself faithful in the past?  How does that comfort you and help you trust in the present and into the future?

PRAYER: Heavenly Father, help me to remember that You truly know what is best for me today. I want to trust You with my life and my future. Thank You for loving me with Your unconditional love. Amen.


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