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Sunday, December 7, 2014

Quiet Time: Trust Takes Time

Trust Takes Time

For the scepter of wickedness shall not rest upon the land of the righteous, So that the righteous will not put forth their hands to do wrong. – Psalm 125:3

Recently, someone very close to me revealed that they’d been living a lie. I listened quietly to their confession and worked hard at not being judgmental. Frankly, their bad behavior really had no affect on me “personally”, but it certainly affected my personal relationship with them. It’s going to take some time before I trust them again.

Interestingly, the reason this loved one gave for moving in the wrong direction was their weariness in doing what they knew was right when everyone around them dispassionately did what was wrong. In other words, they simply became tired of trusting God.

When Christ followers lose their ability to patiently endure, they also lose their ability to walk in fellowship with Christ.  We realize that our personal relationship with Jesus is affected by sin, and sin hurts (Psalm 32:3-4). But we are also encouraged that our Advocate stands ready to forgive (1 John 2:1). Albeit, the consequences of our actions continue.

 God’s word tells us to trust Him, regardless of the circumstances, because He’s not only the test giver but the time keeper; and, trust takes time.

Those who sow in tears shall reap with joyful shouting. – Psalm 126:5

Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary. – Galatians 6:9

For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. – 2 Corinthians 4:17


You get to choose: the bruise of offense or the balm of obedience.

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