Choices Challenge #8: Making the Choice to Believe God

The choice to be great yesterday met me with some additional challenges. Which is really no surprise because as soon as we decide to do something that honors God, the enemy is right there with all the ammo ready to fire adversity, to throw us off track. Seriously, putting some kinks in the cogs. If I’m being completely honest, I thought I was going to have a small breakdown about 3/4 into the day. That’s OK though because I survived and we live to be great another day.

Each of these challenges seem to lead me to the next. Similarly, today’s challenge stemmed from yesterday’s experience. As I was making the attempt to be “GREAT” yesterday, I began to think “Do I really believe what God says?”. I asked this because if we really believed what He said , then why do we allow ourselves to get anxious and worked up? Why all the worry about tomorrow in the first place?

These questions lead us to today’s challenge, “Making the Choice to Believe God”. Seems really simple actually. Most Christians would assume that “of course I believe God”. While this might seem like a pointless challenge for us to venture on, let’s take a few minutes to think about how much of our belief is really belief. We can read scripture and recite it and even let the world know how much we believe the words we have read, but in many separate areas we may be lacking a true trust in God’s word. For instance, we may say that we believe that God will give us peace, but we may not be reaching to Him to get it. Or we may say we believe that God will provide for us, but are scared to pay our tithes for fear that we won’t make rent. Let’s just keep it real. It’s easy to say it and proclaim it but the actual action of truly believing and trusting His word takes a little extra step of faith.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart ; do not depend on your own understanding.” Proverbs 3:5. The “Own Understanding” is what messes us up in the whole trust situation. This is where the doubt, control and faith thieves come in. Our own understanding causes us to use human logic to figure things out. It causes us to only believe a little instead of fully. Trusting in the Lord goes beyond human logic because He has completely different logic. ” ‘My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,’ says the Lord. ‘And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine.’ ” Isaiah 55:8. We have to get to a place where we believe God and His word even when it doesn’t make any logical sense to us. It’s our job to stand on the His word. We can fully believe Him and trust that He will see His promises through because our God is not untrustworthy. “Remember that Christ came as a servant to the Jews to show that God is true to the promises he made to their ancestors.” Romans 15:8

The Lord’s words are true and unshakable (“Make them Holy by your truth; teach them your Word which is truth.” John 17:17). Which gives us stable ground to stand on and build on. We can believe in Him but most importantly today, we can BELIEVE HIM. He speaks truth to us and over us. When we walk closely with Him daily it becomes easier to take Him at His word. Get close to the Father! He’s waiting.

Lord, thank You for Your truths. Thank You for Your patience as we figure this trust thing out. Help us Lord to release our own  understanding to You so that we can believe you and Your word. Woo us to come close to You and rest on Your word. Thank You God for Your endless grace. In Jesus Name AMEN!!!

Have a great day!

-J.E. Berry

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