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By LISA SCARBOROUGH
Well here we are in 2020. Didn’t this used to be the future? When this decade was seen as so far away and futuristic. So now that we are here and life is full of challenges and trials we need to put our trust in the one who is faithful through all things.
Trust in the Lord, the Bible says. For some of us, that is a hard concept to adopt. As Americans we are raised to take care of ourselves to work hard, pay our bills and to look out for number one! Trusting only ourselves to take care of ourselves is what we are told. Because people will let us down whether they are family, friend or foe. But God is always there for us, he never leaves or forsakes us as long as we seek him.
God’s way calls for a different point of view, look to him, trust in him and as we go along our way, obey, help others, share his Good News of salvation and he promises to take care of us. That does not mean that we should not work, pay our bills, be good stewards of the resources he entrusts to us through whatever income he has blessed us with. Trust is more a spiritual state of mind a mental, emotional and relational belief in a loving and gracious God who has our very lives in his capable hands. Luckily, when we become Christians, God gives us the Holy Spirit to guide and help us explore the truths of God.
Trust is believing that no matter what situation is before us we know that our God will see us through it and we will be stronger for the experience. Each day of our lives brings challenges. Some are small, like getting started in the morning when we have run out of coffee! Some are difficult, like when we or a loved one are facing an illness and the prognosis isn’t good. The challenges are new and varied every day of our lives, how we face them exhibits the level of trust that we have in God’s ability to provide relief, comfort and grace to any given situation.
Are you hopeful or hopeless? Do you know the Lord? Is he the one you turn to when life gets difficult? He is waiting for you to take that step of faith that allows him to lead and guide you through your life journey. It says in Matthew 7:7-8, “[Ask, Seek, Knock] “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.”
He is omnipresent, omniscient and all powerful, who better to be in charge of your life! His directions and protections may not always be what you want them to be, but they will be in your best interest, since he sees the present and future as one. Give it a try! He will prove himself to you.
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13
Lisa Scarborough is executive director of Love In Action in Ketchikan.
Perspectives is a regular column sponsored and written by members of the Ketchikan Ministerial Association.