Why is Trusting God so Difficult?

            In 1 Kings 17 the writer tells about Elijah. Now if anyone had reason to not believe God, it would be Elijah. Every time Elijah did something, it seemed to have a very negative effect. God told him to tell King Ahab that it was not going to rain for several years. So he obeyed and told the King.

Then God says “go hide”.  God told him to go live by a brook and a raven would feed him. Now if it isn’t going to rain, how long will a brook have water?

Well the brook dried up. So God tells him to go to a country several days away and live with a widow! How would he be fed while he was walking? Also in those days, Widows were usually very poor people.  They had difficulty in taking care of their own children, much less a stranger!

Well he gets to the town. He finds the widow and guess what! She only had enough food for one meal for her and her son, then they were going to die! I can imagine him saying something like, “See God I told you she couldn’t take care of me.”

Then after he lives with the widow a while, her son dies! Now what?

During this whole time, God never stopped caring for Elijah.  God had the raven bring him food. He caused the widows food supply to last until it rained again. And when the boy died, God heard Elijah’s prayer and the boy came back to life.

Sometimes in our lives, every time we do something for God, it seems like it backfires or gets a different result than we wanted it to have. We do something for God and something bad happens to us or one of our loved ones. So we say: “See if I do what God wants again?” But the truth is that God is still taking care of us. The result is still in His hands.

If you continue reading about Elijah, you will learn that God not only took care of him, but God took him directly to heaven. This is what it says in  2 Kings 2:1-14 NIV.

            When the Lord was about to take Elijah up to heaven in a whirlwind, Elijah and Elisha were on their way from Gilgal. Elijah said to Elisha, “Stay here; the Lord has sent me to Bethel.”

            But Elisha said, “As surely as the Lord lives and as you live, I will not leave you.” So they went down to Bethel…

                4 Then Elijah said to him, “Stay here, Elisha; the Lord has sent me to Jericho.”

            And he replied, “As surely as the Lord lives and as you live, I will not leave you.” So they went to Jericho…

                6 Then Elijah said to him, “Stay here; the Lord has sent me to the Jordan.”

And he replied, “As surely as the Lord lives and as you live, I will not leave you.” So the two of them walked on.

                11 As they were walking along and talking together, suddenly a chariot of fire and horses of fire appeared and separated the two of them, and Elijah went up to heaven in a whirlwind. 12 Elisha saw this and cried out, “My father! My father! The chariots and horsemen of Israel!” And Elisha saw him no more. Then he took hold of his garment and tore it in two.                                                                              http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2 Kings+2&version=NIV

You see, we need to trust God in everything. He doesn’t want us to pick and choose when we trust Him, he wants us to put our complete trust in Him.

One thought on “Why is Trusting God so Difficult?”

  1. So, granted, walking by faith is always a challenge since, even though we have been made as new creatures, the old sinful nature [or in the words of Dr. John MacArthur – “The believer as a total person is transformed but not yet wholly perfect. He has residing sin but no longer reigning sin …” (http://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/doctrine/1natjm01.htm).] is still ‘hanging around’ (Apostle Paul – Rom 7:7-25).
    We find ourselves serving on a church committee and one member holds that he believes it is the Lord’s will that we extend a call to such and such a potential church pastor. Another member of the same committee believes just as strongly that it is not the Lord’s will to extend a call to this person.
    Of course, the natural reaction is to first try to figure out ‘what is wrong with either or both of these other persons.’ So how am I to walk by faith in this situation when I have no control over the sincere convictions of the two individuals who do not agree? Or, complicate it further – what if I am one of the two individuals?

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