Phil Fischer with Jesus Lives – A Devotion on “Trusting God’s Heart”
God created us in His image (Genesis 1:27). He gave us special gifts and blessed us with our emotions. These facts allow us to conclude that our Creator has many gifts/powers (Psalm 62:11) and from reading Scripture we know that Jesus experienced feelings of sorrow (John 11:35), joy (John 15:11), anger (Mark 3:5), and thankfulness (Matthew 11:25). His heart is tender (Luke 1:78), loving (Romans 5:8), patient (2 Thessalonians 3:5), gentle (Isaiah 40:11), compassionate (Matthew 9:36), steadfast (Psalm 25:10), faithful(2 Thessalonians 3:3) and righteous (Psalm 45:10). There are so many other attributes and characteristics of God, including merciful (Ephesians 2:4), protective (Is. 41:10), and wise (James 1:5).
“The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in mercy.”
Psalm 103:8 (NKJV)
We are blessed to be the children of God. When the world or our personal circumstances seem to be falling apart, we need to stand back and pause. Remembering how faithful God has been to us and how he has loved us in the past should be encouraging as we walk through trials. We must trust in His past goodness and have faith that He will see us through present and future storms. Our parents and grandparents lived through war, financial hardship, death, and a sluggish economy. The Spanish flu did not stick around forever, and we will eventually learn how to live through Covid-19.
“God is too good to be unkind and He is too wise to be mistaken. And when we cannot trace His hand, we must trust His heart.” ~ C. H. Spurgeon
God’s heart is all-knowing and wise. Seeing world problems and working them out is easy for God. He is in control. He is the beginning and the end and thus, sees the beginning and the end of everything set in motion… including our Presidential election, natural disasters, and international disturbances.
“God is wise in heart and mighty in strength. Who has hardened himself against Him and prospered?” Job 9:4 (NKJV)
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6 (NKJV)
Some may be stressed over world matters, including the Corona Virus. I will ask you these questions. Do you believe God knows about everything in our world and has the power to bring every hardship to a righteous conclusion? Do you believe God wants good things for you? Are fear and anxiety something God wants you to feel every day?
“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11 (NKJV)
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
Philippians 4:6-7 (NKJV)
God is good. Trust in His goodness. Don’t let the enemy fill you with fear and immobilize your actions. Serve God and find blessings in each day. God loves you and His heart can be trusted. We are His treasure and precious in His sight.
“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:16 (NKJV)
“ For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:21 (NKJV)