"God never violates the trust we put in Him." - Neva Coyle
I think you could say I've been pondering over this quoted fact a lot lately. I know God is trustworthy. I know God is good and righteous and holy and perfect and sovereign. And I have to preach these things to myself and choose to believe them. Because while I "know" all of these things, I also "know" that the world is an absolute mess. And it's not just a few things here and there - it's EVERYWHERE.
Earthquakes, drought, disease, marriages destroyed, human trafficking, morals shoved into the mud, wrong being made to be "right" and what is right being made to be wrong. It feels as if the earth will collapse or implode or crumble into small little bits. No wonder the Lord is going to roll it all up as a scroll! I can understand why He'd want to do so!
Then there are all of His children who are crying out. Crying out for justice, for peace, for help, for healing. Lives that have been torn apart or smashed in two. Lives that are desperate for "normal," desperate for the good times of yester year when illness was not plaguing them or their families, when their marriage was intact, when their children still loved Jesus.
When it comes to knee-jerk "fight or flight" reactions, I'd prefer to run away from all of this. But that is not an option. Working while it is still day is the command. Pressing on toward the high calling is the goal. And choosing to trust in a trustworthy God is an absolute must. Sometimes I think if we were just given a glimpse into the "whys" of events, we would be better able to "trust." But that's just it, isn't it? We often don't know why and we are still commanded to trust. We are still admonished to place our faith and hope in the One true God who quite literally holds the world and each member of it in His hands. Our finite minds cannot possibly understand what our infinite God is doing but this we can preach and claim and trust: God can be trusted because He is trustworthy.