I trust in God, I know he cares for me; on mountain peaks or out on the stormy sea. Though billows roll, he keeps my soul. My Heavenly Father watches over me!
Trust in God is born of our knowledge of Him and that knowledge can only be gained through the Word of God. Godly hope is an expectancy and desire for God and the things of God. Loving God enriches our hope and encourages our faith in Him. Though storm clouds surround and Satan attacks we have the assurance of God’s steadfast love and his faithfulness to us. God’s desire is to fulfill his promise to us and that promise is for us to abide in Him in this world and to abide with Him forever in the world to come. When all else fails our hope in God will help us to endure so that nothing shall separate us from His love.
2 Corinthians 1: 21-22 (Amplified)
21 But it is God Who confirms and makes us steadfast and establishes us [in joint fellowship] with you in Christ, and has consecrated and anointed us [enduing us with the gifts of the Holy Spirit];
22 [He has also appropriated and acknowledged us as His by] putting His seal upon us and giving us His [Holy] Spirit in our hearts as the security deposit and guarantee [of the fulfillment of His promise].
With such a statement as this we should have no doubts as to God’s love for us nor should we doubt the absolute certainty of his promises.
God claimed us, sealed us, and marked us as his own. He appropriated, or took us from Satan and gave his guarantee in the form of His spirit that his promises to us would be fulfilled. When God could swear by no other, he swore by Himself! What type of collateral can out-value the spirit of God?!
When hard times press in and things look bleak, there are two things we have that guarantees us deliverance and victory – the Holy Ghost and the Word of God. Without God’s spirit and without his word we don’t have a leg to stand on. This is why Satan fights the hardest in these areas. He is the god of this world and he uses every tool he has at his disposal to fight against the saints of God. He’ll even fight us with the Word itself; he’s just that bold. That means we have to know the word and know how to use it better than he does! God illustrated the importance and the power of His word when Satan came to tempt him.
God will allow us to be tempted but not above what we’re able to endure. It is our responsibility to make sure that just like Jesus, we’re always armed.
Matthew 4:1-11 (NIV)
Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. 2 After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. 3 The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.” 4 Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”
We are to live on the word and abide in the Word!
5 Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. 6 “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written:
“‘He will command his angels concerning you,
and they will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’”
Satan knows the word so well he had the audacity to try to use it against the Living Word; if he tried it with God then we know he’ll do the same with us!
7 Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’”
8 Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. 9 “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.”
10 Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’”
11 Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him.
How did the Lord overcome Satan’s attack? He used the Word of God with the authority of the Holy Ghost. We have to know the Word, believe it and apply it. That’s how it becomes a part of us.
The Lord did not entertain Satan’s presence just for the heck of it. He endured him for our sake just as he endured everything he experienced here on earth for our sake. He wants us to know that it is the Word that makes the difference and the Holy Ghost gives us the authority to wield it like the weapon it is. Think of the Word of God as a bullet and the Holy Ghost as the gun powder – the Spirit of God gives the Word explosive action!
The Word of God is unfailing truth. It is the ultimate truth. It is our weapon. It is our promise. It is our hiding place. The bible is God’s love letter to us. It’s filled with promises of his faithfulness, his provision and his steadfast love for us. “God is not man that he should lie, neither the son of man that he should repent.”
How can we ever come to know God, to love him and to place our hope in him if we never read his Word? It’s impossible. We don’t have a chance of holding on until the end if we have no foundation on which to build our faith.
That foundation is the word of God. “Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God.”
It’s easy to put our trust in his promises when things are going well for us and yet it seems difficult to maintain that certainty when things go badly. God desires for us to learn how to hold fast through all adversity. He wants us to trust him.
We can’t trust him if we don’t know him and we can’t know him if we never study his word or talk to him. Further, trust in God is a requirement. We can’t make heaven if we don’t trust God.
John 3:16 reads:
16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
Our belief in God cannot begin and end at the moment of salvation. It has to grow. If our faith doesn’t grow then we won’t grow. We accrue faith with each test we go through; each trial ends with an extra token of faith. It’s all tied together – faith produces growth through trials. But our first kernel of faith comes from the word of God, whether it’s preached or read: it comes from the Word.
- It is not enough to trust God according to our emotions, to how we feel. Our emotions are deceitful. There will be times when we can’t feel him. If we rely on him only according to how we feel then we won’t last. We have to rely on God according to his word. It is the only thing that’s trustworthy. Our intellect is based in carnality, the flesh has enmity toward God; we can’t trust Satan, Jesus called him the Father of lies: he was a liar from the beginning and he’s only gotten better at it. God’s word is the only truth to be had.
- Knowing God’s word is a command. Bible study is not an extracurricular activity. (Deuteronomy 8: 1-3)
Deuteronomy 30: 11-14
11 Now what I am commanding you today is not too difficult for you or beyond your reach.
12 It is not up in heaven, so that you have to ask, “Who will ascend into heaven to get it and proclaim it to us so we may obey it?”
13 Nor is it beyond the sea, so that you have to ask, “Who will cross the sea to get it and proclaim it to us so we may obey it?”
14 No, the word is very near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart so you may obey it.
We can’t live without His word! We are spiritually dead without it! Job knew this and God knew that he knew. It was Job’s faith that drew him into one of the biggest battles of his time: the battle between God and Satan over the soul of one righteous man.
Job 2:3 (NIV)
Then the LORD said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil. And he still maintains his integrity, though you incited me against him to ruin him without any reason.”
Abiding in God will help us to maintain our integrity. Job’s knowledge of God and his faith in God’s integrity produced in him a stalwart faith. Job didn’t know why he was suffering; all he knew was that God would not fail him. The Word of God increases our faith! So much so that we will be able to say what Job said: “Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him.” Job 13:15a (KJV)
We’ll be able to do this because we know him!
Do you know the bible is the number one best seller of all time and yet millions upon millions of people around the world search needlessly for someone to love them? The bible sits collecting dust on a bookshelf, the love letter to beat all love letters is left unread, unopened! Even those of us who profess our love for God can’t seem to find the time to read it. What a tragedy. What error!
Today many Christians seek counseling for addictions and vices of all kinds, some suffer from depression and still others from low self-esteem. There are failed marriages in the body of Christ and unbalanced emotions run amok and the answer to all of our problems can be found in one place – the word of God.
It’s time to delve into it beloved and to make a true and concerted effort to make it a part of our being.
Philippians 4:8 reads:
Whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of a good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy – meditate on these things.
Just think, that scripture describes the traits of God himself! Our Lord and Savior is true! He is noble, pure, lovely, oh so good and virtuous and my Lord – He is praiseworthy! Why not think on him all day long? Who can beat him as a lover, a friend, a father or as a confidant? No one!
It’s time for us to take God’s love letter off the shelf, open it up and dive in the deepest fount of mercy and love there is. It’s time to write the Law of God, the Word of God in our hearts. Let’s do it today beloved so that we can survive and receive the blessed promises of our Most High King.
Scriptures of Encouragement:
Daniel 3:17-18 NIV
Isaiah 26:3 NKJV
John 15:7 (KJV)
Romans 8:31-39 (NIV)