Jesus not only commands that we lend, He also tells us not to expect anything back: “hoping for nothing again”. And that is as it should be, because we must look to God for our provision.
Sometimes we too will face impossible situations, but IF we are walking in the will of God doing the work of God, He WILL make a way for us to come through, to escape. Our challenge in to “stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD”.
What kind of doors would God open in our homes and workplaces if we simply approached Him with eager expectation and held nothing back in obedience when He directs our steps?
To submit to God’s judgments, especially when we find them painful, requires a heart that if focused on God rather than our selves. It requires a heart that is preoccupied with God’s holy will and purpose: A heart that is more interested in what God is trying to accomplish than what we want to enjoy.
We will never (fully) understand why God operates in the way that He does. And, if we try to, we will be left frustrated. But, we can trust in Him. We can accept His way to be perfect and trust that He will do what is best.
Many of us have faith that God can work in our lives up to a point. And, we even exercise that faith. But, what happens when things fall apart? What happens when things get worse than we ever expected? Do we, will we, have faith in God then?
…human beings are predisposed to bad judgment, because our minds are simply unable to keep track of everything that goes on in us and around us.
But I know, that I know, that I know, my God does ALL things well. He has a purpose for every single thing that He does, and our part as His child is to trust Him even when current circumstances may seem hopeless or unfair.
David could encourage his son to trust in God, because David himself had a real relationship with God. He had experienced God for himself… David could go forth confidently, because he knew God personally.
It’s easy to ‘put God first’ when things are going well. But how about when we lose our homes, or our health, or our jobs, or our children, or ‘all of the above’? Will we put God first then?