Spending time with God grows our trust
I had the opportunity to take a quick flight from Arizona to Seattle to see my mom and I took my son with me. I was looking forward to it, but my son, 12 at the time, who hadn’t done much flying, was leery.
But I didn’t know he was anxious about flying. That information came out, literally right before we left for the airport, on the day of our trip. He said, “Dad, I don’t know if we should go. What if something happens at the airport?”
I told him I’d flown a lot, and I was sure everything was going to be fine.
And then at the airport, when we were about to board the plane, he expressed more concern, “I don’t know about this, Dad. What if something happens to the plane while we’re flying?”
I reassured him again and told him there are hardly any major airline accidents, and it’s pretty safe. After talking a bit, we prayed together and got on the plane.
We had a layover and halfway through the whole thing, my son looks at me and says, “Dad, this is easier to thought it was going to be.”
Then it hit me. Why does my son trust me? He trusted me enough to follow me onto that plane, even though he had some apprehension. I think it’s because he’s spent a lot of time with me, and he knows my nature. We’ve experienced a lot of life together, and that’s added up to trust.
So, why don’t I trust God like that? Maybe it’s because I’m not spending enough time with Him. In fact, how can you trust anybody if you haven’t spent any time with them? If I spent enough time with Him each day, I would also know His nature and I wouldn’t question His plans. I’d just know because of my time with Him this morning, He’s got me with each step of this day.
If you focus on who God is and how much He loves you, there is no question whether you can trust Him.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart” in Proverbs 3:5 begins with Psalm 46:10, “Be still and know that I am God.”
We all struggle to take enough time to be still. The challenge for me is to focus on that more. If I do, I know my trust will grow.
Let’s do it together.
Our Amazing God is the king of second chances! God can redeem you. Nothing you do can take away His love for you, when you come to Him. He is patient while you learn your need for Him. Family Life Radio member Chuck shares his testimony.
But God will redeem me from the realm of the dead; he will surely take me to himself. Psalm 49:15
Lately I’ve been thinking about fear. It comes in all shapes and sizes. It weasels its way into our hearts and our lives. And then it sets up shop. Have you ever noticed that? Once it gets inside you, it lingers. And it spreads. It starts to affect every area of your life. Things we might have thought were safe territory become a breeding ground for insecurity and anxiety. And that’s the enemy’s plan.
But I was reading a Max Lucado book, Fear Not, recently, and this passage really struck me.
“Fear never wrote a symphony or poem, negotiated a peace treaty, or cured a disease.
Fear never pulled a family out of poverty or a country out of bigotry.
Fear never saved a marriage or a business.
Courage did that. Faith did that.
People who refused to consult or cower to their timidities did that. But fear itself? Fear herds us into a prison and slams the doors.
Wouldn’t it be great to walk out?”
Courage and faith. Those seem to be the keys. When you’re feeling stuck in the prison of fear, take a stand. Trust in God. You might be surprised what fear you can conquer.