31 Days of Loving Well: Trust

“Those who trust in their own reasoning are fools, but those who walk in wisdom will be kept safe.” (Proverbs 28:26, CEB)

“Trust in and rely confidently on the Lord with all your heart and do not rely on your own insight or understanding. In all your ways know and acknowledge and recognize Him, and He will make your paths straight and smooth [removing obstacles that block your way].” (Proverbs 3:5-6, AMP)

“Trust [rely on and have confidence] in the Lord and do good; Dwell in the land and feed [securely] on His faithfulness. Commit your way to the Lord; Trust in Him also and He will do it. He will make your righteousness [your pursuit of right standing with God] like the light, And your judgment like [the shining of] the noonday [sun].” (Psalm 37:3, 5-6, AMP)

“O Lord of hosts, How blessed and greatly favored is the man who trusts in You [believing in You, relying on You, and committing himself to You with confident hope and expectation].” (Psalm 84:12, AMP)

“Those who trust in and rely on the Lord [with confident expectation] Are like Mount Zion, which cannot be moved but remains forever.” (Psalm 125:1, AMP)

“And those who know Your name [who have experienced Your precious mercy] will put their confident trust in You, For You, O Lord, have not abandoned those who seek You.” (Psalm 9:10, AMP)

//God is trustworthy. He has always been trustworthy and always will be trustworthy. If anyone walked up to me at anytime and asked, “Can God be trusted?” I would answer without hesitation and unequivocally, “Of course He can be trusted. He can be trusted completely.”

And yet there have been times when my trust in Him has wavered, weakened. And I acknowledge that has nothing to do with my Father; my lack of trust or weakened trust has to do with me. My uncertainty that although He can do the impossible, that thing that I am longing for, I am not sure that He will.

And there have been times when He has not answered my prayers they way I wanted Him to. Like when two of my sisters died within a few years of each other. Even after we had prayed in faith and believed.

But I am learning to know my Father better. Learning more of His character. Learning that no matter how much I know, I will always know in part. But finding it to be true that those who know Him will trust Him.//

And to know Him is to love Him and rest in His love and in His good plan for me.  Every time I choose to trust Him even when I do not understand, I am loving Him well.

This post was written for Day 5 of the 31 Days of Loving Well series. The prompt is, “Trust.” To read other posts in the series, please click here or the image below. 

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31 Days of Loving Well: Hope

Definition of HOPE
(transitive verb)
1: to desire with expectation of obtainment or fulfillment
2: to expect with confidence :trust
(https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hope, 2017)

“Abraham, when hope was dead within him, went on hoping in faith, believing that he would become “the father of many nations”. He relied on the word of God which definitely referred to ‘your descendants’. With undaunted faith he looked at the facts—his own impotence (he was practically a hundred years old at the time) and his wife Sarah’s apparent barrenness. Yet he refused to allow any distrust of a definite pronouncement of God to make him waver. He drew strength from his faith, and while giving the glory to God, remained absolutely convinced that God was able to implement his own promise. This was the “faith” which ‘was accounted to him for righteousness’.(Romans 4:18-22, PHILLIPS)

“In light of all this, Lord, what am I really waiting for? You are my hope.”
(Psalm 39:7, VOICE)

For You are my hope; O Lord God, You are my trust and the source of my confidence from my youth.” (Psalm 71:5, AMP)

//What does hope have to do with “Loving God well”? Nothing, if you see hope only as wishful thinking. But hope has everything to do with “Loving God well,” when I consider that to hope is “To desire with expectation of obtainment or fulfillment.” Did you notice that? “To desire with expectation of obtainment or fulfillment.” Hope also means, “To expect with confidence: TRUST.”

That hope is a demonstration of loving God well, is all the more evident when no thing in my circumstances gives me reason to hope, to believe that anything will change. In a situation that is declared hopeless according to everything I can experience with my senses, I can continue to hope because of He who is my hope (Psalm 39:7; Psalm 71:5). Like Abraham, I can face the stone cold facts of my situation and still remain confident in my God. Continue to believe confidently that He will do what He promised. And this kind of hope, this kind of trust is an act of love because, although I can trust without loving, I cannot love without trusting.//

This post was written for Day 4 of the 31 Days of Loving Well series. The prompt is, “Hope.” To read other posts in the 31 Days of Loving Well series, please click here or the image below.

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31 Days of Loving Well: Create

 I am the Eternal One; there is no other God but Me,
and even though you don’t know Me, I am preparing you for victory.
I am doing all this so that people all around the world
may know that I alone am the Eternal, the only God.
I form light and create darkness;         
I make what is good, happy, and healthy, and I create woe.         
I, the Eternal One, make them one and all.
(Isaiah 45:5-7, VOICE, emphasis added)

That You create light and darkness,
I can understand, especially when I think of the day and the night.
That you make what is good, happy, and healthy, that I can also understand,
for I have experienced Your goodness in my life.
And, as You told us in James 1:17, You are the origin of every good and perfect gift.

But that You create woe, Adonai,
this is harder to grasp.
But this verse confronts me with the truth that You can never be fully understood.
And to love You well requires that I accept that Your ways and thoughts are not only not my thoughts,
Your ways and thoughts are higher than mine.

And I must recognize and accept that Your ways are perfect, even the ways I do not understand.
Moreover, You are just and holy.
Your way is perfect.
Yes, You who are compassionate and gracious, slow to anger and rich in faithful love,
You create light and darkness,
make what is good, happy and healthy and create woe.
And I am to trust you with all my heart and lean not on my understanding.
Doing so helps me to love You well.

This post was written for day 3 of the 31 Days of Loving Well series. The prompt is, “Create.” To read other posts in the series, please click here or the image below.

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31 Days of Loving Well: Tell

//I can obey God without loving Him but I cannot love Him without obeying Him. To love God is to obey Him. Jesus made this clear – “If you love Me, you will obey Me” (John 14:15). There is no wiggle room here. Love = obedience.

To love God is to do everything He tells me to do. And do so immediately, for delayed obedience is disobedience. And do so completely, for partial obedience is disobedience. Abba, help me. Forgive me. Help me to do all that You tell me to do.//

For obeying You immediately and completely is to love You well.

This post was written for Day 2 of the 31 Days of Loving Well series. The prompt is, “Tell.” To read other posts in the 31 Days of Loving Well series, please click here or the image below.

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31 Days of Loving Well: Worship

To worship is “to honor with extravagant love and extreme submission” (Webster’s Dictionary, 1828).

“Come, let us worship Him. Everyone bow down; kneel before the Eternal who made us.” (Psalm 95:6, VOICE). “Come, let us honor Him with extravagant love and extreme submission. Everyone bow down: kneel before the Eternal who made us.”

The Bible records the story of how the people of Israel would respond when they saw the pillar of cloud standing at the entrance of the tent where Moses met with God. The Bible records that each person would stand and bow in worship at the entrance of their own tents” (Exodus 33:10, VOICE).

And I reflect on the fact that true worship is first and foremost a posture of the heart. We worship Him first in our hearts. And then from the worship of our hearts, we worship Him with our lives. With the daily choices we make.

Abba, I acknowledge that I have not worshiped You in this way. Help me to honor You with extravagant love and extreme submission. Help me Abba, to love You well.

This post was written for Day 1 of the 31 Days of Loving Well series. The prompt is, “Worship.” To read other posts in the 31 Days of Loving Well series, please click here or the image below.

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