Years ago I moved to Orlando to try to get a job at one of the theme parks. When I got there the guy I was supposed to move in with told me his family was going through some difficulties and so I had to find another place to live. Thankfully another wonderful family took me in for a while. I started looking for a job and went to Universal Studios to fill out an application and I told them I wanted to do some acting on one of the rides. They had King Kong, Jaws, etc. They told me all those positions had been filled and I went home feeling defeated. I talked to a friend about it who had worked there before and he gave me the name of the lady in charge of hiring actors so I went back and filled out a second application. On this application I said I wanted to wait tables and in small writing beside it I also put that I’d like to work on one of the rides. They finally brought me back for an interview to wait tables and when she asked me what I wanted to do I said, “I’d like to work on one of the rides.” She then responded, “Oh, well it says that you wanted to wait tables.” Then I replied, “Well if you’ll look there I also put down I’d like to work on one of the rides.” She then told me, as I’d heard before, that those jobs were already taken. This time I was ready and I responded that I knew this lady (we’ll call her Wanda) through one of my friends and asked if she would go ask Wanda if I could interview for the job on one of the rides. The lady interviewing me seemed a bit agitated but since I’d thrown out Wanda’s name, and Wanda was really the one in charge, I believe she felt obligated to at least go ask her. The lady left and came back in a few minutes telling me to come back tomorrow and interview with Wanda for one of the rides. I went back in the next day and did a reading and Wanda gave me my choice. I chose to work on The Jaws ride and I had a blast. The point here is that it matters WHO YOU KNOW.
It just so happens that I know someone waaaaaay more important than Wanda. I know personally and intimately The God of the universe. Yet I still find myself in a tailspin of worry and doubt sometimes. Do you ever feel that way? I know it’s crazy. I know it’s even wrong. God has promised that He would take care of our needs ( MATTHEW 6:25-34). He doesn’t break His promises. I was taking a shower the other day and I was thinking about God (I think the shower is one of the last places left that a person can get away from a cell phone) and I began to ask some questions to myself. Is He sufficient? Can He do all things? Does He care about me? Is He worthy to be trusted? Think about that. Is God worthy to be trusted? I think I hear you saying, “Yes!, yes HE IS!” Unfortunately it doesn’t take us long to forget that does it? And that drives me crazy. Sometimes I worry about work or my family or certain situations as if for some reason God has fallen asleep. Good news everyone! God never sleeps (PSALM 121:4). He is indeed WORTHY to be TRUSTED, so relax and let’s read some verses together.
PROVERBS 3:5 ESV
TRUST in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.
ROMANS 8:28 ESV
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.
PSALM 37:4-6 ESV
Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; TRUST in him, and he will act. He will bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your justice as the noonday.
PROVERBS 3:6 ESV
In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.
PSALM 46:10 ESV
“Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!”
HEBREWS 13:8 ESV
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.
MARK 5:36 ESV
But overhearing what they said, Jesus said to the ruler of the synagogue, “Do not fear, only believe.”
ROMANS 15:13 ESV
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.
PSALM 9:10 ESV
And those who know your name put their TRUST in you, for you, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek you.
PSALM 28:7 ESV
The Lord is my strength and my shield; in him my heart TRUSTS, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him.
JEREMIAH 29:11 ESV
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.
PSALM 112:7 ESV
He is not afraid of bad news; his heart is firm, TRUSTING in the Lord.
HEBREWS 11:6 ESV
And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.
ISAIAH 26:3 ESV
You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he TRUSTS in you.
JOSHUA 1:9 ESV
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
PSALM 91:1-16 ESV
He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I TRUST.” For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness is a shield and buckler. You will not fear the terror of the night, nor the arrow that flies by day, …
ISAIAH 43:2-3 ESV
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior. I give Egypt as your ransom, Cush and Seba in exchange for you.
JOB 13:15 ESV
Though he slay me, I will hope in him; yet I will argue my ways to his face.
PSLAM 40:1-17 ESV
To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David. I waited patiently for the Lord; he inclined to me and heard my cry. He drew me up from the pit of destruction, out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure. He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many will see and fear, and put their trust in the Lord. BLESSED IS THE MAN WHO MAKES THE LORD HIS TRUST, who does not turn to the proud, to those who go astray after a lie! You have multiplied, O Lord my God, your wondrous deeds and your thoughts toward us; none can compare with you! I will proclaim and tell of them, yet they are more than can be told. …
JEREMIAH 17:7-8 ESV
“BLESSED IS THE MAN WHO TRUSTS IN THE LORD, WHOSE TRUST IS THE LORD. He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit.”
MARK 9:24 ESV
Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, “I believe; help my unbelief!”
Do you know Jesus Christ? If so, ask yourself, “Is He worthy of my trust?” Ask yourself that question and keep those verses above handy anytime you begin to worry or doubt. Memorize those verses. The word is our only offensive weapon. Draw out that sword and destroy that doubt, worry and fear with the perfect powerful promises of God. Be encouraged, He knows what’s going on in your life. Have a better day as you let go of that stress and take a step closer to God by TRUSTING HIM.