It’s a matter of trust; further thoughts on a Rick Warren mail


Recently, today actually I received this Daily Hope email by Rick Warren, author “The Purpose Driven Life.”

It’s A Matter of Trust
by Rick Warren

“Trust me in your times of trouble, and I will rescue you, and you will give me glory.” Psalm 50:15 (NLT)

When I ask people what keeps them from trusting in God, they say, “Well I haven’t seen what’s on the other end so I’m not going to trust it.” And yet they trust in things they can’t see all the time.

We can’t see television or radio waves, but we watch TV and listen to the radio every day. We can’t see cell phone waves, but we use them all the time without thinking. It’s selective trust. We trust what we want to trust.

What about you? Are you willing to trust in the One who is unseen but is more reliable, more dependable than any technology this world could create? Are you willing to commit your life to him?

While I understood what Rick Warren was referring to, it felt as if an opportunity was left to further explain.

A Missed Opportunity

Rick Warren rightfully points out that we trust the radio and air waves. I could add to that that we trust in electricity, which is a similarly unseen force of nature. But while they are unseen, that does not mean we trust, as Rick Warren suggests, “selectively.” The power in the examples Rick Warren puts forward is not so much in the unseen nature of the force but in the fact that their workings prove themselves to be reliable time and time again. We are not trusting in the airwaves because we want to trust that airwaves are for real. We not so much put our trust in electricity because we are selective in our trust but because it never seems to let us down in terms of our expectations. Simply put: it works.

Is it not exactly the same with God? While we may not be able to see God, we see the results of His work all around us to an extent where it makes sense to put your trust in God, just like electricity, airwaves et all, not because you want to trust selectively but because you you GOD WORKS.

Stand


Two beautiful versions of this Donnie McClurkin song.
A song close to my heart.

What do you do
when you’ve done all you can
And it seems like it’s never enough?
And what do you say
when your friends turn away,
and you’re all alone?
Tell me, what do you give
When you’ve given your all,
and seems like
you can’t make it through?

Well, you just stand
When there’s nothing left to do
You just stand
Watch the Lord see you through
And after you’ve done all you can
You just stand

Tell me,
how do you handle the guilt of your past?
Tell me, how do you deal with the shame?
And how can you smile
when your heart is broken
and filled with pain?
Tell me what do you give
when you’ve given your all
Seems like you can’t make it through?
Child you just stand,
when there’s nothing left to do
You just stand
Watch the Lord see you through
And after you’ve done all you can
You just stand.
And be sure
After you’ve done all you can
After you’ve gone through the hurt
After you’ve gone through the pain
After you’ve gone through the storm
After you’ve gone through the rain
Prayed and cried,you’ve prayed and cried
Prayed and cried, prayed and cried
After you’ve done all you can, you just stand.

Is it God or my imagination? – TheologyWebsite.com


While reading through my Bible, I see places – many places – where God speaks to people: Adam, Moses, Abraham, Samuel, David, Paul and many more. In some cases, he was downright chatty, and there were some fascinating conversations between men and God.And as I read, I think, “What’s so special about these guys, that God talked to them? Were they better than I am?” I just can’t see a fundamental difference between us. What sets them apart was that God in most cases called them to some exceptional task for him. They were not in some way intrinsically superior.So does God speak in a similar manner to us today? Can God speak to us today? More to the point, does God speak to me today? As I read and pray and think, I can find no reason, either biblical or logical, that God would speak then but not now.So I concluded that I might be missing out on something I considered important. And I did not like it.

As a result, I began paying closer attention as I read my Bible and as I prayed, listening for the voice of God speaking to me.

Read the rest via Is it God or my imagination? – TheologyWebsite.com.

Comment:

Now that’s a story I can relate to.