In the same way though, I see myself doing the same thing to my heavenly father. And in the same way I trust God for my own life, I have to allow that trust and faith to flow on over to my own children.
My children started home schooling this year and because of that, I am able to afford much more trust to my Father for their safety. When my oldest daughter though was going to public school in Prep and Grade 1, 2 and 3, I had to trust God that He would always be watching out for her. Seeing as how my wife and I couldn't be around her to warn her of bad choices or steer her to the right ones, we had to put our total faith in God.
The days she would come home crying over the unkindness of her friends towards her just broke my heart and there were times when I would ask God for help, or advice or anything to give us a way to help her. And it was hard sending her back into that environment day after day, just hoping that someone would show kindness and love to her. God became our only source of hope and trust in those times.
Should it have been hard to trust God? When we read the word of God, His bible, it becomes clearer and clearer that our God, the only true living God, is trustful. Romans 8 verse 28 says; "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him". God works for GOOD, nothing else, not pride, not evil, not complacently, for GOOD. Why? Because God loves us, more than we will ever know or comprehend. Where does He work His good, in ALL things.
That is what fills me with confidence
I know that I can give my finances, my relationships, my work, my family, my everything to God and I know that He can be trusted with it all. God loves me, He loves You, He loves everyone and He is never stop working good.
Psalm 9 verse 10 declares; "Those who know your name will trust in you, for you, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek you". Because of this I know that me, my wife and all my children are promised goodness. God's word has proven over and over again that God is always looking over His children and there is nothing that will ever overcome the love God holds for all of us.
God has also proven time and time again to me personally in my own life that He is a God in whom I can place all my trust. I have felt His love, I have had my hand taken and been pulled out of rubbish that I have jumped into, I have seen the beauty of His creation when I look into the faces of the children God has blessed me with. When I say I trust in God, what am I saying?
Do I believe that just His NAME carries power, do I believe that He can save me from anything, do I believe that God has bigger and better plans for me you than I have for myself. Do I believe that when my whole world is crumbling and falling apart that God is there right in the midst of it, wanting me to accept His goodness, His trustfulness, His mercy, His grace, His salvation, His atonement, His unfailing love. Do I really trust God with everything in my life?
God loves us and because of that we can trust Him with everything. His love is not like our understanding of love. His love NEVER fails, NEVER ends, NEVER falters, NEVER back down, NEVER compromises. That is why my God, can be trusted.
Tim McDonald lives and works in Mackay Queensland with a family of four children. He leads YAC (Young Adults Cell) group and is the drummer in his church's youthful band.
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