Can You Trust God With Your Life?
We can’t help it. We believe there should be a kind of spiritual math that grants us good things for being good. It’s easy enough to see where we get it- work hard and you’ll get ahead. Treat others well, they tend to do the same to you. But there are times that math simply doesn’t add up.
When Hezekiah heard [he would not recover], he turned his face to the wall and prayed to the Lord, “Remember, O Lord, how I have always been faithful to you and have served you single-mindedly, always doing what pleases you.” Then he broke down and wept bitterly. (v2-3)
In Hezekiah’s time, it was believed that suffering, disease, and death was directly related to sin. Yet, despite following God all his life, here Hezekiah was lying in bed, dying. It was confusing, crushing, and bitter-tasting. But then a miracle happened. God heard his cry and intervened. God healed him and gave him fifteen more years.
Sometimes God intervenes and other times he doesn’t. When he moves, we feel a unique connection to him. We feel honored and chosen that he saved us from our distress. When he doesn’t, we feel abandoned and rejected. We feel God has turned his back on us and moved away. We believe that he if God cared about us he would do something. But the truth is as confusing as our distress.
Maturity is able to comprehend complexity. Immaturity demands simplicity. God is incredibly complex, even far beyond our comprehension. There are times he honors our faithfulness with earthly blessing and miracles, and there are times he saves our reward for heaven. There are times he saves us to teach us something about the power of faith. And there are the times he does not save us – when he allows us to suffer the consequences of our choices, when he teaches us about faith and servanthood through our suffering, and even for reasons we may never see.
Sometimes, the strength of our testimony is in how God saved us. Sometimes, the strength of our testimony arrives after we are gone and it lives in the story of how we followed him well even in suffering. Ultimately, we either trust God with our lives or we don’t. When you became a believer, did you give your life to him? Did you never think he might ask for it?
Whether in service or sacrifice, life or death, God loves you more than you know. To receive the fullness of his love, to grow in maturity in our faith, we must trust him no matter the circumstance and believe he is faithful and trustworthy with the life we have given him. And that takes a mature faith indeed.
Aron Strong, LMFT, was a pastor for more than a decade and is the director of Pathways Counseling in Murfreesboro. He also writes daily devotionals at www.biblebreakfast.club. He has been married for nearly 20 years, has a young son, two dogs and two cats.