“The LORD is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. Those who know your name trust in you, for you, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek you. Sing the praises of the LORD, enthroned in Zion; proclaim among the nations what he has done.” (Psalm 9:9-11)
We must ask ourselves, “Am I worshiping God for who he says he is, or have I crafted an alternate version who is tailor-made to agree with me on most issues of life?” When we worship the true God, we find he does not always agree with us, and that can cause us to doubt. It is easy for us to question and mistrust God because we come face to face with a broken humanity every day.
The difference is that in our relationship with God, there is one side of it that is perfect (you can probably guess, it is not our side that meets that benchmark). It is from here - our trust in God - where peace, joy, and obedience are birthed from. When we question his character we begin to behaviorally spiral.
If there is a problem in our relationship with God, it is we who have caused the disturbance, not him. Most of the time it can stem from our lack of time spent with him. We will not trust a God who is unknown to us, which is why he made so much of his character available in Scripture. We cannot apply the rules we use for our human relationships to the holy relationship we have with our God, though we try to often. We assume he will act like our father, spouse, or boss when he will never fail to act out of his own faithfulness. For “if we are faithless, he remains faithful, for he cannot disown himself.” (2 Timothy 2:13)
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