I was watching a silly little TV show the other day, killing some time.
As with everything by Hollywood, there is some sort of struggle between good and evil, and that was certainly the case in this show.
In this particular scene, the “queen” and one of her “subjects” encountered a potentially disastrous situation. The queen apparently had it under control, though it certainly didn’t appear that way.
When she could see her “subject” was terrified and doubtful of her direction, she calmly and matter-of-factly stated:
“After all we’ve been through, why do you doubt?”
My heart lurched a little.
As silly as this example is, it made me think.
Isn’t that how God so often responds to us?
In the middle of those confusing, dark, and often terribly long trials, God so calmly reminds us of His sovereignty, His control, His unmatched love for us. That He has it all under control, even when it looks disastrous. When it sure doesn’t look like He does.
After all we’ve been through, why do you doubt?
I thought about my own life. All the times I’ve struggled to keep walking in the dark, wondering where on earth I was going. And, in the end, the path He lead me down was so much better than what I thought I wanted, or where I was originally.
Part of learning to trust your Father is remembering all you’ve been through together, how He never left your side–and then when you neared the end, how you realized His plan far exceeded yours.
And that you should have just trusted Him all along.
To trust in past grace is to draw from it confidence in future grace.
This morning I was reading in Genesis about Abraham and Sarah, a story that reminded me of this concept. God graciously told Abraham that Sarah would have a child. And what did Sarah do?
She laughed. At God.
Ya, probably not the best decision. But, I can relate– so often that’s how I react. Not trusting my Father. Not trusting His plan. Laughing at His promises. Placing confidence in my flesh. Not trusting Him to bring me His best.
Doubtful and terrified of His direction.
Like a disobedient child.
But God simply responded to Sarah, just as He responds to us, “Is anything too difficult for the Lord?”
No, it’s not.
Why don’t I remember that?
Sometimes I wish I’d just trust. Trust the impossible. Trust in the dark. Trust in the confusion. Trust the God of the impossible.
That He has it all under control, even when it looks disastrous.
After all I’ve been through with My Father, why do I doubt?
I have no right, no grounds whatsoever to doubt, because nothing is too difficult for Him.
And He’s been nothing but faithful.