"And now don’t be grieved or angry with yourselves for selling me here, because God sent me ahead of you to preserve life." Genesis 45:5
Trust for many is an idea. I know for me it is. I would like to say my trust is as strong as Joseph’s, but I would be lying. Joseph is a prime example of someone who kept his eyes on God, even when things were difficult...someone with an eternal perspective. He understood that God’s plan was better than his.
I want to trust God, I really do, but it’s always with a contingency--a half-hearted trust with a backup plan just in case God doesn’t come through the way I think He should or even at all. Why do we believe we know better than God about certain things or certain situations? When it comes down to it, if we really believe the words we read in God’s word, then our trust should be unwavering.
We need to remember that we are trusting in the God of the universe’s perspective, His plan, and His sovereignty. Many times, that trust includes suffering. If God’s own Son experienced suffering, we must know we aren’t immune. There may be times when we can’t see what God is doing behind the scenes, but we must remember all things are done for His glory. God is glorified in sickness, in health, in good times, and in more difficult times.
God loves you. He is a God of love, and even though we may be in situations where we are questioning what is going on in our lives and in the lives of those around us, we know that we do not have to rely on our own understanding. Proverbs 3:5 says that we are to trust in the Lord with all our hearts and not rely on our own understanding.
There are going to be times when we don’t understand. But God’s word commands--it doesn’t suggest--that we are to trust God with all our hearts. God is a God that loves us, and we can trust in His ultimate plan.
Father, I thank You that I can trust You. No matter what may be going on around me, I know that You are good, and I can put my trust in You. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.
Is your trust in God unwavering, or is it with condition? Spend time in Genesis 45 this week. How is Joseph an example of someone who wholeheartedly trusted God?
About the Author
Chelsi Woods is the coffee-loving Content Manager for Whole Magazine and a writer for the Reformed Outlook. She is a Jesus-loving, tattooed soccer mom to a beautiful, blue-eyed 12-year-old girl and “Choo-Choo” to a 9-year-old nephew and 4-year-old niece. Her hobbies include communicating in gifs, playing guitar, and bad dad jokes. Chelsi’s passionate pursuit is to teach women solid, Biblical truths focused on spiritual growth, loving God with our minds, all while glorifying God and enjoying Him forever.