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Amazing Trust

October 4, 2017

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Amazing Trust

When we’re between a rock  and a hard place  —  finding it rather hard  to place our full trust  in the LORD  —  it helps  to look at biblical accounts  of trust.     So much of the time  trust involves  a lot of patience,  love,  and just plain ol’ obedience.

We see that  in the account  of Noah  in Genesis, chapters 6 through 9.     Noah trusted God  in spite of living  amongst very wicked people  —  people so wicked  that God determined  to destroy them all.

God instructed Noah  to build an ark  to salvage every kind  of animal,  along with Noah’s family.     That job took 120 years  of trust  and hard work  —  all while people mocked him.     It took trust  to have God’s guidance  in bringing  in all the animals  according to His instructions.     More trust  was required  for Noah and his family  to remain  in the closed ark  for seven days  before God even started sending  the flood waters.

Then they had  to trust  for forty days  as the flood waters  kept on rising.    That had to have been  a very turbulent time.     The waters flooded the earth  for a hundred and fifty days  of more trusting.     Finally,  the waters started  to recede.     Noah patiently trusted God  and trusted Him some more,  as the waters very slowly continued  to recede.

Noah finally opened a window  and sent out a raven  that kept flying around.     Then he sent out a dove  that had to return  to the ark  because it couldn’t find  a dry spot.     When he sent out the dove a week later,  it came back  with an olive leaf.     More patient trust was needed  before sending that dove out  again.     It didn’t come back,  so Noah finally removed the covering  of the ark.     But,  he didn’t leave the ark.

Then there was more trust  and patience  as Noah obediently waited  for God  to tell him  that it was okay  to leave the ark.     That was 371 days  of trusting  during the flood  and, of course,  there were years  of trusting  before the flood.

Finally,  God spoke  to Noah  in Genesis 8:15-16,

Then God spoke  to Noah,  saying,  “Go out of the ark,  you and your wife  and your sons  and your sons’ wives  with you…”

Trusting  and patiently waiting  for God to speak…….

Where there is real trust,  there is patience,  and obedience.

All this trust,  patience,  and obedience  did not just drop in  out of the blue.     That was a part  of Noah’s life  because,  “Noah walked  with God.”    (Genesis 6:9)

As we learn  to walk with God,  we, too,  will grow  in trust,  patience,  and obedience.    That “walking with God” includes:   studying His word  in the Bible,  applying it  to our life situations,  praising our Lord  for all He has done,  and going to Him  for our every need.     Then we will,  hopefully  —  like Noah  —  be able to wait  for God  to lead us  in His ways.

As we find more and more joy  in walking with God,  we will say,  “Hallelujah!     Our Lord certainly tests us  and then meets our every need.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

Pray for our country.

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect,   but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that  for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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