Here I am, Lord...

We all know that trust is not something that is built overnight. Trust is something that is earned. We also know that in order to trust someone we must spend time with them. The same is true with our relationship with God. Unless we are spending time and getting to know Him, it will be very difficult to trust Him.

I think we can sometimes make the mistake of blaming God and not trusting Him if we prayed for something, and it did not have the outcome we prayed for. We may assume that our expected outcome was the best solution and since God didn’t grant our wish, He is untrustworthy. At times, we aren’t able to step back and realize God sees all things from the beginning of time through eternity so the outcome may have far bigger significance than answering the prayer in the way we wanted. We have to remember His ways are not our ways, and His plans are far more complex than we can begin to grasp or understand.

Perhaps you’ve been able to look back at a situation and see how God answering the prayer in a different way was actually for a greater purpose, but if not, hopefully you can find comfort in knowing that He is all loving and all knowing. As hard as it is, sometimes we have to accept that it’s not all about us and to know that He is a good, good Father. And He loves us – no matter what. We can’t outrun His love or out-sin His grace. It is constant and undeserving, but that’s who God is. He sent His son to die for us while we were still sinners. (Romans 5:8) So how could a God who is that loving not be trustworthy?

I find it amazing that the God of the universe loves us enough to want to spend eternity with us. He loves us enough to want a relationship with us. He loves us enough that He wants to bless us and give us good gifts.  “Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!” (Matthew 7:9-11)

Perhaps instead of coming to God with our prayer requests, we should simply sit at His feet and worship Him, then ask what He has for us this day. Or ask Him how we should pray regarding a specific issue or person. If we are in tune with Him, He will align our hearts to hear from Him and to trust Him more deeply with His sovereign plan. He loves you. He always has. He always will.