by Dr. Charles Stanley
Monday October 10, 2005
Can We Trust God?
When painful trials enter our life, we can choose to trust or doubt our Father’s
plan. Trust in the Lord is built upon three essential truths — His love, His wisdom, and His sovereignty. God’s love for us is:
• Perfect. He always does what is best for us in order to accomplish His goal,
namely, our transformation into the image of His Son Jesus. The apostle Paul
compared the Christian life to a race where we enter into strict training and
undergo rigorous discipline. We must remember that optimal preparation for
those who run to win the prize can be painful and even perplexing at times.
• Dependable. God’s love is an integral part of His nature (1 John 4:8). To
act in an unloving manner would be to go against His character, and He never
contradicts His own being. The Spirit’s presence within each believer confirms
the Lord’s caring attitude towards His children (John 16:13).
• Consistent. Not only is our Father’s love perfect and dependable; it is also
consistently demonstrated. The actions He performs or permits in our life — even the hardest ones — are all expressions of His love. This makes no sense to us if we assume that peace and happiness show we have a caring Father but trouble does not. Scripture teaches us to regard hardships as part of the training process to build us up spiritually (Hebrews 12:6).
When tempted to doubt, remember
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