Day 41 – God Can Be Trusted
Brother Lawrence said that “we must entrust ourselves to God and to him alone, once and for all, and he will not deceive us.”
First in a total, once-and-for-all surrender, we leave everything to follow Jesus and entrust ourselves to God, God only, holding nothing back. Then we live out our surrender, continually relying upon God, obeying his Word, and having confidence in him to carry us through.
Even Jesus entrusted himself to God to take care of him during his unjust trial and crucifixion (1 Peter 2:23).
First the moment of full surrender. Then the exercise of ongoing, continuous surrender. This is the uncomplicated yet challenging counsel of Brother Lawrence.
God receives our surrender, and God can be trusted. God does not make mistakes, and he will not mislead us.
No matter what happens and whatever I face, still I can trust him. I know he will keep me. Jesus has redeemed me. I am God’s child.
True, Christians can be deceived. We can deceive ourselves. But God himself “will not deceive us”. He embodies all truth. He cannot lie.
What he says, he will do. His promises are dependable. His principles are timeless. He gives us assurance, security, stability, encouragement, confidence, hope. He won’t fail us.
Who he is, he cannot change. He is constant, reliable, and faithful. He is not finicky, capricious, or malevolent. He won’t trick us.
As often said: “God is good . . . all the time.” “All the time . . . God is good.”
It’s not in God’s nature to deceive us. He has no desire to harm us. He wants the best for us.
“‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future’” (Jeremiah 29:11). He is our “help and shield” (Psalm 115:9-11).
Convinced of God’s unchanging attributes – his almighty power, his perfect justice, his infinite wisdom, his immeasurable goodness – Brother Lawrence easily concluded that God can be trusted. God can only do us good.
Friend, it is never too simplistic to say, “God can be trusted.”
Action Step: Whatever you’re facing, say, “Even in this, God can be trusted.”
This is God’s Word for you today,