In God I Trust
Written by: Janise Anderson
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Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart,
all you who hope in the Lord.
-- Psalm 31:24 (NKJV)
I took the turn too soon.
Glancing back, I saw the car behind me accelerating toward me.
“Oh, Lord.” In that split second, I swerved over into the next lane just as the car behind me raced past.
“Thank you, Lord. Thank you,” I said out loud as I carefully eased back into the correct lane and turned onto my street.
Several times this summer, I’ve had scary moments like this one—moments where a car almost hit mine. But every time God has protected me. He’s kept me safe in spite of the chaos around me.
My best friend once told me, “If I were your guardian angel, I would’ve gone to God years ago and said, ‘That’s it! I give up!’”
But God hasn’t given up on me. He’s protected me in more ways than I can know. Sometimes, like that split-second moment in traffic, I glimpse His protective love.
Maybe one day I will unexpectedly die in a car accident, but that moment will not come unless God allows it to come. I believe that God has a specific purpose and plan for each of us. He demonstrated this throughout the Old and New Testament.
The story of King David is one of the most engaging and revealing stories of the Bible. David’s legacy spreads from the Old Testament into the New Testament.
David encountered both great trials and triumphs. But through the struggles and the brokenness, He trusted in God’s plan for him. Throughout the Psalms, David repeatedly tells God, “In You, O Lord, I put my trust.”
Even though anointing an obscure shepherd boy within Saul’s kingdom seemed both unwise and dangerous, God’s chosen prophet Samuel trusted God by secretly anointing David with oil. But God did not immediately set David into that promised position of leadership. For the next few decades, David endured wars, persecution, defamation, loneliness, depression, sorrow, betrayal, and grief.
When David was still a young boy, he put his life at risk and went out alone to fight Goliath—the fiercest warrior King Saul had yet to encounter.
But David trusted that God would fulfill His promise to both him and the nation of Israel. 1 Samuel 17:37 says, “Moreover David said, ‘The Lord, who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear, He will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine” (NKJV).
David stepped out in faith, and God blessed Him by protecting Him and destroying the giant. From this experience and others, David learned to rely on God more and more.
God had promised a young shepherd boy a kingdom. But David had to first wait on God and trust Him through the trials before that promise was fulfilled.
Psalms reveals the hurt and sorrows that David endured as he waited for his crown. Even after God gave him a kingdom, David endured great tribulations.
In Psalm 13:1-2 David writes, “How long, O Lord? Will You forget me forever? How long will You hide Your face from me? How long shall I take counsel in my soul, having sorrow in my heart daily? How long will my enemy be exalted over me?” (NKJV).
According to 2 Samuel 5:4, David did not become king until he was thirty years old. He then went on to reign for forty years. Verse 10 says, “So David went on and became great, and the Lord God of hosts was with him” (NKJV).
God was with David, and He had a specific plan for David. God fulfilled His promises to David and to David’s descendants. God will also fulfill His promises toward us. If we willingly love and serve Him, He will be able to use us in ways that we cannot imagine.
Like David, I want to place my trust in God. Life still holds many trials and sorrows that I do not yet know. But I believe in God’s goodness and grace.
1. Do you believe that God will fulfill His promises?
2. How has God demonstrated His protective love toward you this year?
Jesus, You are good. Thank You for protecting us and watching over us. I pray that each of us would learn to trust You. Help us to serve You and to wait on You. Thank You for all that You have done for us. Amen.
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