The Trustworthiness of God and His Plan for Your Life
Trustworthiness, in this article, is a reference to the level of confidence that one should rightly place in the plan of God.
If God cannot be trusted then there is no need to get excited about His plan. However, if the trustworthiness of God is in order then we can rejoice about His blessed plans for our lives.
In our text (see I Cor. 2:6-10), Paul says that God has kept secret from human authorities and popular wisdom some plans that are only for those who belong to God. Thus, we have the inspiration for the title of this series of devotionals, “God Has a Plan.”
When we look at so much going on in our world, we are tempted to wonder, "Is God still around"?
The stock market and economy are all over the place. People are dying so unexpectantly. And relationships that we thought were so trust worthy are proving that they are not as worthy of trust as we supposed.
But yet I declare to all who read these words that God has a plan. I want to suggest in this series of devotionals that “We should be mindful of God’s plan and our status.”
In this devotional, let’s focus on the trustworthiness of God. It does not make sense to get excited about God’s plan, if God is not trustworthy enough to carry out His plan.
The evidence for the trustworthiness of God is found in His collateral and character. One of the problems with a politician’s promise is that he or she does not always have the collateral or power to carry out his or her promises.
Even the President of the United States of America cannot simply do what he or she wants to do. The President’s budget and initiatives must be agreed upon by the Congress.
Therefore, the President’s plans can be well intentioned but fall short, because he or she does not have the collateral or the power to carry out the plan.
Sometimes the problem with the promise and plan makers is that they don’t have the character to carry out their plans. Some people will promise us the world, when they need us. But when they get back on their feet, some don’t have the character to keep their word.
You may be trying to forget how you lent a supposed fried some money, when he was in trouble. You may be trying to forget because now that he is doing alright, he is not willing to pay you back your money.
This person lacks character. You would rather forget than to think about the other bad things that come to mind (smile).
Some woman has bad memories of how she sacrificed so much for her husband, but when he became a little successful, he abandoned her, even though he promised that he would be with her until death did them part.
Too many of us have war stories of how people have declared plans but proved to have character flaws that kept them from carrying out their plans.
One of the problems that keeps racial tension alive in the minds of Blacks is America's character flaw, when it comes down to carrying out its plans and keeping its promises.
America promises to be a land with justice for all, but yet after all of the sweat and tears of almost 400 years, Blacks still suffer from injustice in America.
After the blood of Crispus Attacks, a Black man, who was one of the first causality of the Revolutionary War on the colonists' side, was shed, we still don’t have justice. After about 250 years of slavery and about 100 years of Jim Crowism, we still don’t have justice.
We gave our blood in World Wars One and Two, Korea, Vietnam, the Persian Gulf, Iraq, Afghanistan, and many other places and conflicts, but we still don't have justice.
It is unjust for our children not to have quality public education, in such an information based economy. It is unjust for so many of our Black men to be in jail, so many of our young women to be HIV positive, and so many of our seniors to be losing their houses.
Even when we factor in individual responsibility, we must admit that we have not been treated justly. The lack of justice is not a collateral problem but a character problem. It is not enough of a priority to our decision makers.
But thank God, God has the collateral and the character to carry out His plans. Not only does God own the Earth and all that is in it (see Ps. 24:1), but God is God.
He doesn’t have to have His plan agreed upon by angels, the Son, the Holy Spirit, nor the church. God is God, which is a statement of collateral and power.
And then God’s character is beyond reproach. We can count on God to do what He said He will do (see Tit. 1:2). Just as sure as fall follows summer and spring follows winter, we can count on the faithful character of God. The trustworthiness of God is supported by His collateral and character.
Have you had experiences where people have made promises to you, but they lacked the collateral or character to carry out their plans?
Since God’s trustworthiness is at such a higher level than that of the people we know, how should our confidence in Him be seen on a regular basis?
What are you going to do to improve your living like you confide in the trustworthiness of God?
Great and awesome God, I praise You for being a God who has unmatched trustworthiness. I thank You for Your marvelous plan for Your people. I thank You for saving me and allowing me to be numbered among Your people.
I confess that I have not always lived as if I confided in Your trustworthiness. Sometimes I treated You as if You could not be trusted. Please forgive me for this and my many others sins, in the name of Jesus.
Please help me to stay focused on Your trustworthiness and your plan for me. I thank You, in the name or your Son and my Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.
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