I love that.
You know what I want out of 2013? I want to trust God this year. I want to trust Him with my dating life. I want to trust Him with iphone issues. I want to trust Him with my ministry, my to-do list, conflict in my community, my eating habits, car troubles, health issues, life and death.
It’s a great ‘new years resolution’: trust God in 2013. But too often we think of resolutions as primarily about ‘doing’. And with God, things are primarily about ‘believing’. If we want to ‘do’ differently, we must believe differently.
You and I don’t struggle with trusting God because we have a faulty to-do list. It’s not an action issue. It’s a faith issue. We have a shadow of doubt lurking in our hearts concerning the character of God. We doubt either God’s wisdom, His sovereignty or His loving kindness.
If we want to trust God with 2013 it will mean believing in these three things:
God…always sees a way to bring the greatest good out of the most painful and complex situations. “Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways!” (Romans 11:33).
Guys, God knows what He’s doing.
He’s smart. Like brilliant. He’s wise in a way that’s impossible for your simple mind to comprehend. He sees the trillions of threads that are pulled on by a million tiny details in our day and He knows how every single one fits together.
His sovereignty. The thing is, God’s wisdom isn’t of much value if He isn’t 100% in control of everything.
Let’s say God’s infinite wisdom leads Him to decree that it’s best for you to have a child this year. But obstacles arise. You struggle with infertility, or you learn of a spouses’ infidelity, making intimacy feel impossible. If God is not sovereign over these obstacles, His wisdom is useless.
If He is not in control, how can He possibly be trusted to control your life?
Christian, that is not a fear you have to navigate.
There is no power in the universe that can stop him from fulfilling his totally good plans for you. “I know that you can do all things, and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted” (Job 42:2).
His loving kindness. So many of us believe in the sovereign wisdom of God, but we doubt that He is for us. We know He is sovereign, able to control all things. We believe that He is wise, working every detail for His glory. We just struggle with the truth that He cares about us in the midst of His master plan. We become bitter and hardened because we just don’t trust that God is really interested in our happiness.
Good news: God is kind. And loving. He wants what is best for you. He has your joy in mind. And because of the Cross you can believe that the only things 2013 will bring your way are things that are motivated by His love for you.
In the death of Christ on our behalf God has totally removed his wrath from us (Romans 8:3; Galatians 3:13). Now there is not only no condemnation (Romans 8:1), but now God is only merciful (Romans 8:32).
Let us trust the architect of the Cross this year.
God is wise: while everyone else looked around confused, He planned the most intricate and beautiful Gospel imaginable through an execution. He is sovereign: while satan was planning and people were plotting, God was fully in control, working the greatest miracle every conceived. He is loving and kind: He gave you His very son.
When you long for proof of His wise, sovereign love, look no further than the Cross.