Even When Times Get Tough God Is Worthy Of My Trust

Even When Times Get Tough God Is Worthy Of My Trust

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Trust. It's such a little word, yet so very heavy. This word has the potential of bringing back some dark memories where negative effects that can come with this word were experienced. Other times it can bring about a sense of security. Everyone's experiences are different. Merriam-Webster's dictionary defines trust as "one in which confidence is placed." In other words, a relying confidence is placed on someone or something. Knowing that definition makes sense as to why some might have negativity associated with trust.

The Bible says that God is trustworthy. He created and loved us so much that He allowed His Son to die a death we deserved. Genesis 1:27 states that we were created in God's image. How crazy is that to think about? That we were God's most prized creation. He sacrificed His own Son, Jesus, to be crucified. You had to do something really terrible to deserve that kind of death. He was dying for the sins of the entire world, both past and future. Everything that led up to that moment, God knew about. He had it all planned, just so His prized creations could be reunited to Him. So much sacrifice was given on our behalf, yet why is trusting someone who loves us so much this hard?

Proverbs 3:5-6 says, "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not on thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths." Trust God with all my heart. Alright, that is easy. God loves me, so He is not going to allow me to experience any kind of pain right? Oh, wait! It says I shouldn't rely on my own understanding. Not rely on my own understanding? Does that mean that there will be times when things happen that I don't understand why they happened?

That is exactly what that means. God allowed terrible things to happen to Jesus because He knew they had to happen in order for His will to be accomplished. It was God's will for His Son to be killed on our behalf. For a reason I don't understand, God allows things to happen that are sometimes earth-shattering. He is still good though. Jesus said to His disciples all throughout the Gospel of John that they might not understand everything now, but one day they will.

Merriam-Webster recognizes acknowledge as "to recognize the rights, authority, or status of." When you acknowledge God as the sovereign Lord of your life, then He'll direct your paths. He'll keep you in the palm of His hand and never let you go. Why? It goes back to the Gospel. He loves you so much.

This feat is still not always easy. I know I have some trust issues that have resulted from being hurt by other people. Also, it can be very anxiety-provoking to think about giving up control. Also, trials are hard. They shake you, break you, but God is there holding you the entire time. It's hard to believe that at times, but I know His love is everlasting. He promises to never leave me, especially when I need Him most.

To answer the question, I do trust God. However, that trust has really been tested the past few months. It's times like this where I have to make my faith bigger than what I feel. Faith says God is still there and good. My emotions say God has abandoned me. I know God is worthy of my trust though. He's bigger than the past baggage that left me broken and the present circumstances that threaten to break me. He is God, and He is my Savior. And He is worthy.

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12 Bible Verses For Faith In Hard Times

Remind yourself that God is always with you.
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Lately, I have felt lost at what God wants for my life. Ever since I've come back to UWG everything has been horrible. It seems that I can't catch a break. I'm trying my best to focus on school, work, and extracurricular activities. But it's hard when I'm having issues with my apartment/roommates and knowing my family back home is struggling and needs many prayers. All, I keep thinking is maybe Carrollton isn't where I belong anymore. I've asked God if He can guide me in the right direction. Below, I have found Bible verses that have helped get me through these rough, past couple of weeks.

1. Isaiah 43:2

"When you go through deep waters, I will be with you."

2. Psalm 37:5

"Commit your way to the Lord. Trust in Him, and He will act."

3. Romans 8:18

"The pain that you've been feeling, can't compare to the joy that's coming."

4. Proverbs 31:25

"She is clothed in strength, and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future."

5. Joshua 1:9

"Be bold. Be brave. Be courageous."

6. Ecclesiastes 3:1

"There is a time for everything and a reason for every activity under the heavens."

7. Isaiah 41:10

"Don't be afraid, for I am with you. Don't be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand."

8. Isaiah 66:9

"I will not cause pain without allowing something new to be born, says the Lord."

9. Psalm 91:4

"He will cover you with His feathers, and under His wings, you will find refuge; His faithfulness will be your shield and rampart."

10. Psalm 62:1-2

"My soul finds rest in God alone, my salvation comes from Him, He alone is my rock and my salvation."

11. Philippians 4:13

"I can do everything through Christ who gives me strength."

12. Jeremiah 29:11

"For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

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Dear Christians, Think Twice Before You Invite A Non-Christian To Your Church

It's important to be sensitive to the many faiths people around you adhere to.

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Christians,

I understand you preaching me verses from the Bible comes from good intentions.

I understand you explaining to me the teachings of Jesus comes from good intentions.

I understand you inviting me to your church comes from good intentions.

The issue is that not everybody is as tolerant of your evangelical mission. In fact, many may see it as outright offensive.

"How dare you try to push your religious beliefs on me?"

"I don't appreciate your attempts to convert me."

"I'm satisfied with my own religion, thanks."

The above are just some responses you might unfortunately get, but it is important to understand why that's the case.

Christianity is, by all means, the most popular religion on the planet with followers from all corners of the globe.

With your faith having such a large following, people may see your mission to spread God's word as rather selfish — an attack, even, to not consider their faith.

Receiving this kind of response from someone when you meant only the best for them can occur with even the simplest actions — you can try inviting someone to your church and still end up offending them.

I can admit there was one point in time I was in such a situation where my neighbor asked me to attend her church for Easter when she knew I was a Hindu. I was taken aback by her invitation. Religion was not something I considered to be a "show and tell" where you share it with others without them asking. I am glad to educate people about Hinduism, but only if they ask and are genuinely interested, otherwise I don't try and bring it up and teach it to others in case they become uncomfortable.

Don't get me wrong, Hinduism is one of the most liberal and tolerant religions out there. Hindus are allowed to visit other houses of worship, accept beliefs from other religions, and accept the fact that there are multiple supreme beings; there is no limit to how Hindus reach salvation.

I wasn't offended by her Christianity, but rather her disregard of how someone from a different faith may interpret her invitation.

I politely declined her invitation because at the time it did make me uncomfortable and I didn't understand her intentions. I have had moments in my life where I was encouraged to convert to Christianity, even offered money, which made me wary of the intentions of Christians around me who were very open about their religion.

Today, as a Hindu attending a private Christian university, I have had the opportunity to interact with Christians and understand why they like to promote their faith. It took quite some time and experience to educate myself about this, and I better understand where Christians come from when they talk about religion, but not everybody is so accommodating.

It is very important to understand that your beliefs are just that — beliefs. Beliefs are subjective and not everybody is going to agree with them or respect them.

You may have been taught to "go make disciples of all the nations," and you don't get to pick and choose which teachings of Jesus to follow, but understand that you assuming you're helping someone follow "the right path" may actually be pushing them away.

We appreciate your genuine care for us and your good intentions behind promoting your faith, but please be sensitive to how you talk about religion — even if it is inviting someone to your church.

Sincerely,

Hindus, Muslims, Buddhists, Sikhs, Atheists, and other non-Christian belief systems.

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