Trusting God to Care for Us
By Andrea Chatelain
“They spoke against God; they said, ‘Can God really spread a table in the wilderness? True, He struck the rock, and water gushed out, streams flowed abundantly, but can He also give us bread? Can He supply meat for His people?’” Psalm 78:19-20
I was at Costco when I got a call that shook me to the core. The news I received could potentially ruin the lives of people I love. Within minutes I felt the rush of anxiety and fear. Could God get us safely through this? How could He navigate this impossible situation?
When a mess is bigger than our capabilities, will we also believe it’s beyond God’s?
The Israelites, the nation God freed from Egyptian slavery, faced uncertainty too. Their problem was life threatening; they were beyond thirsty and hangry. Wandering through the desert, they were desperate for water. So God had Moses, their leader, hit a rock with a stick, and water came out.
Can you imagine their range of emotions at that moment?
Bewilderment, excitement, thankfulness, confusion. God’s people saw numerous miracles like this, yet when more problems arose, they doubted He’d meet their next need.
Psalm 78:11 says, “They forgot what He had done, the wonders He had shown them.” And so, according to verse 22, they didn’t believe or trust God to deliver them. I also often forget how God has helped me in the past. So I pause to reflect when catastrophes hit.
When doubt rises, I remind myself of the battles God’s already won on my behalf. I find comfort in how He’s fought for and healed relationships. How He’s brought peace and joy even in the midst of loss. How ultimately nothing in this world can destroy me because my salvation is immovable thanks to Jesus.
I get to choose. I can let life throw my emotions around, or I can plant my feet deep in the truth of God’s love and faithfulness. When I do, troubles can’t move me.
If you’re facing something impossible, dig in with Jesus, trusting the One who can restore what is beyond your limits.
Andrea Chatelain’s mission is to meet women in their struggles and love them forward with God’s truth. She's part of the Wholly Loved Ministries team, is a Midwest mom of three, faith and family writer, and college English instructor to immigrants and refugees. It’s her joy to lead Bible studies in her neighborhood, church, and community because she believes Jesus transforms lives when His people boldly seek Him. Her writing reflects her love for Jesus and heart for fellow believers. Connect with Andrea more online at www.afruitfulwoman.com.
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