11th January 2023

Trust in God

“Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.”
Mark 10:15 (ESV).

As I was on my way into the local supermarket, I observed a familiar scene: a mother pushing her shopping trolley towards her parked car, and sitting in the trolley along with the purchased items, was her very young daughter, completely oblivious to what was happening around her because she was playing with a toy, or an electronic device. She completely trusted her mother to return her safely back to their home. All young children naturally trust their parents to take care of them. That is how God designed it to be.

We, who are believers, are the children of God, and should have a childlike trust in him, because he loves and cares for us: ‘Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.’ (1 Peter 5:6-7). 

The apostle Paul was someone who exemplified a complete childlike trust in God. He faced many difficult situations in life, including imprisonment, yet remained faithful because he trusted God: ‘I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me.’ (Philippians 4:12-13).

The ’secret’ that the apostle Paul learned was to have a childlike trust in God and be content knowing that God would take care of him. In the world today, in which we live, we are going to face many challenges, temptations and distractions, and will need to put our complete trust in God to deliver us, and bring us safely to our eternal home. We are told in Psalm 34:19: ‘Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him [or her] out of them all.’ 

Prayer
Father in heaven, thank you for the care and concern that you have for all of us. Our eternal destiny is to live with you as your children. Please grant us the gift of completely trusting you. In Jesus’s name, we pray. Amen.

Study by Sherwin Scott

 

About the writer:
Sherwin Scott is a deacon in the Lewes congregation of Grace Communion International. 

Local congregation:
Grace Communion in Lewes
The House of Friendship
208 High Street
Lewes
BN7 2NS

Meeting time:
Sunday 11:00am

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Hilary Buck: lewes@gracecom.church
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