Can Your Trust in God Be Tested?

Trusting GodAngie pulls up to the curb in front of her house to see her husband hugging another woman at their front door, a woman she’s never seen before.

What will Angie think?

If her husband is trustworthy, Angie may have fleeting doubts but she'll assume it's her husband's cousin or an old friend. If Angie's husband isn't trustworthy, she'll have legitimate concerns.
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We handle situations with other human beings based on the faithfulness of the person involved, their past performance, and the level of trust they've earned. 

And we approach Scripture based on our trust in God.

What do we think when we encounter a passage that confuses or troubles us? Do we wonder if God is a liar and cheat. Or do we trust that there is a good explanation?

It's sometimes wise to question the motives and actions of men, but never wise to question God's motives, goodness, purposes, character, or Word. We can trust Him wholeheartedly (Proverbs 3:5-6). 

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I read this illustration many years ago. It's not original, but I'm not sure of the source.

For a brief Bible study on this devotion, click HERE.
The rest of the week, Bible Love Notes will have the theme of godly laughter.


And I have a request for all my readers. I've had a rough year physically, and Friday my ENT doctor told me that since January I have suffered acute hearing loss. There is no known cause, and I'm on 2 weeks of steroids to see if it might stop/improve my hearing loss. I would appreciate your prayers. And please tell me how I can pray for you this week. Thanks! Gail 
Update: The above request was written in 2013. After a year, my hearing came back into the normal range. Thank you for your prayers!!

 
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18 comments:

  1. Unknown cause of hearing loss? That is scary.
    Yes, I will and am praying for you.
    I need prayer for selfishness.

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    1. Christine, I pray you will allow God to deal with the selfishness in your heart and draw you closer to Him in the process. And I can always use that prayer myself too. We fallen human beings are bent toward selfishness, aren't we. Thanks for your honesty.
      And thanks for your prayers for me too.
      Bless you,
      Gail

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  2. Wow, great illustration. I did not expect what I read. It really hit me. thank you. Will pray for healing for you Gail. My request is for healing also. For myself and especially for my 1 year old grandson, serious food allergies.

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    1. I pray that God would heal both you and your grandson, Anna. Food allergies are so challenging, especially for young children.
      Thanks so much for praying for me as well.
      Bless you,
      Gail

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  3. Wow,thank you I will be praying as will my daughter Sommer who is ten and I shared with her your plight.:) She is in a play at school this week she'd like prayer for her to do well and not be nervous...thanks, God bless.

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    1. Thank you so much for both your prayers and Sommer's. I pray her play in school will be a wonderful experience for her and a wonderful confidence-builder.
      Bless you,
      Gail

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  4. Such a great analogy. Sometimes we tend to put our interpretation on people and things and that includes Scripture. We have to take God at His word and trust Him, just as you said!

    I will pray about your hearing loss. I am assuming they are ruling things out at this time. I will pray for wisdom and peace and healing! Also FYI, Making Your Home Sing Monday linky party is live!

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    1. Thanks so much for your prayers, Nan. Yes, I've had lots of tests without any helpful results.
      Thanks for your great blog hop. I just linked up.
      Bless you,
      Gail

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  5. Hi Gail, what you say here is so true. We can trust God 100%! And when we do He will protect our marriages and carry us when we get hurt in relationship. Great reminder
    God bless
    Tracy

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    1. Thanks, Tracy. Always a pleasure to have you stop by and leave a comment.

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    2. Thats nice what Tracy said.

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  6. Praying for you and hoping the hearing loss will subside. I am having health issues too and it is hard when the reason behind the issues are not clearly evident. Thanks for all your wonderful devotions! I have been reading them for some time now...they get me thinking in the morning.

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    1. Thanks for your prayers, Katherine. I pray that your health issues will also be healed. I agree that not understanding the cause can be very challenging. Thanks also for your encouragement about Bible Love Notes. That's always a blessing for me to hear.
      Bless you,
      Gail

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  7. I'm sorry to hear about your hearing loss. I'll certainly join the others in praying for you!

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    1. Thank you, Sylvia, for your prayers. I appreciate it so much!
      Bless you

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  8. I'll pray for you. Its the same problem as my mother has.

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  9. Nothing is scary.. Gail I believe in healing as a new Christian I have seen enough to know Yeshua is a healer and to restor your hearing is not a hard task so we claim complete recovery and full healing in both your ears in Yeshua's mighty name. Amen

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