January 31st – It Is In God We Trust

To be too confident about spiritual realities seems to the world (and even to the churches) as just a shade too arrogant. To say such things as ‘I know I will go to heaven’, or ‘I know I have received the gift of eternal life’ (because Jesus said if we put our full trust in him, he gives this gift unconditionally), seems to be too self-assured: ‘Just a bit too cocky’! Surely it’s more Christian to shrink back from such arrogance? Well, no, it is not arrogant to take God and what he has said on total trust. Neither is it humility which shrinks back in fear, uncertainty, and lack of faith. This attitude enforces Christians to be inactive, and the enemy has effectively silenced God’s people. Real Christian communicators infect others by their assurance, and their total trust in God, and in what he has promised. It is in God that we trust, not our faith. When a stripling shepherd boy stood before the mighty Philistine giant, and champion, with massed armies behind him – he stood in the rock-like faith hat God is a faithful, covenant-keeping God, and he could challenge the invincible threat of force, in the name of his God. That’s the difference between a living faith, and a silent, shuffling fear, that God’s promises may not be trusted. Meanwhile, the Philistine, with his shield-bearer in front of him, kept coming closer to David. …David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. …All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give all of you into our hands. I Samuel 17: 41, 45, 47 The rest is history.
A Prayer: Lord grant to me this day the faith which stands before the world, in your name, and in your word, knowing that the victory is yours.
Now read Job Chapter 19. It was eventually resolved happily

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