Can God Be Trusted? How about with a Red Ford Mustang?
Most of us would say yes. Yes, sometimes our actions say otherwise, at least mine do. And that's because my natural desire is to handle things on my own.
Like the time we had a Red Ford Mustang flying up and down our street. Talk about handling things on my own, I was still active in the State Police and my daughters were still very young, so as you can imagine when I heard tires these squealing I wanted to take action!
I remember telling my wife how I wanted to write this guy about ten tickets for flying up and down our street. And that's when my wife said,
"Didn't you have a mustang like that when you were younger? Didn't your motor roar like that? Didn't you drive like that, too?"
Okay, it's not what I wanted to hear. However, she was right. When I first dated her, I pretty much had the same Mustang! This Mustang moment was sort of a turning point in my life where I started to back off from relying on myself to trusting God.
For one, no body every taught me that God could be trusted. Sure, I knew He existed, but could you rely on Him for such things as a Red Mustang running up and down your street?
I wasn't sure, but I figured I'd pray about it. So, I prayed and asked God to handle this Mustang situation. Not easy to do when you're used to handling things on your own. Again, if you were to ask me If I trusted God I'd say out of mouth I do. However, at times my actions would say otherwise.
Sometimes you first have to discover that God can be trusted before you start trusting Him. And there's a sure fire way to develop that type of trust, it's called prayer. Specifically, praying about things that you'd normally handle on your own.
Many of you know this verse,
Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.
Philippians 4:6 New Living Translation
Could that include a Red Mustang? A marriage? A financial situation? A problem at work? Where does it stop? It's doesn't! If you're worried about it, then God wants you to pray about it!
Back to the Mustang, which I noticed after I prayed wasn't roaring up and down the street anymore. And one day I saw the car parked in a driveway on my street and the driver was standing in the yard so I pulled in.
I made some small talk about how I used to have a Mustang and then I said to the driver that I didn't see him flying up and down the street anymore.
That's when he said something like,
"Oh please, I've gotten six tickets in the last five days!"
I was like, "Wow, OK. I'll talk to you later."
But, you can bet that on the inside I was praising the Lord! And that's because I didn't have to write one single ticket, or lift one finger! God had fought my battle without me having to say one word! And the more I prayed about stuff like that, the more I discovered that God could be trusted!
I'm still learning of course, but God has proven to me over and over again that He is trustworthy! How about you? What's your Mustang? And have you prayed about it?
Here's a verse that may encourage you to do so,
They cried out to God during the battle, and He answered their prayer because they trusted in Him...
1 Chronicles 5:20 New Living Translation
Three quick keys:
1) They cried out, meaning they prayed.
2) It was during the battle when they cried out.
3) And God answered them, because they trusted in Him.
Trusting in God is powerful because it gets God's attention! However, If you're like me then that type of trust needs to be developed. But how? By taking Philippians 4:6 to heart, don't worry about anything, but instead pray about everything!
So, whatever your Mustang is today pray about it and trust God to handle it. Go a step further by making it a goal in 2020. That is take Philippians 4:6 to heart, if you do you'll discover that there is a God in heaven who can be trusted!
Well, that's it for now. God bless you guys!
Chris Einwechter is the author of Worry Less Pray More.