The members of the church that I pastor is going through some struggles. There are a couple people with some injuries, a couple that are ill, and two that are in the hospital with heart troubles. I hate times like this. I feel so helpless to do anything for them. I do pray, try to visit, and generally do what little I can, but it’s not like I can wave a magic wand and make them better.
So in order to make ourselves and others feel better we say that we will just have to trust God for the healing. I’m not trying to sound trite, I am glad that we have the hope that He cares for us, and when nothing else can work, He can.
However, trusting God because there is nothing else to do is like swimming when you are thrown in the deep end. The trick is to trust God when you can do something and He tells you not to.
Trusting God when He calls you to do, or not to do something is sometimes a challenge. My local assembly is on a main thoroughfare in Rockford Illinois and so we get a lot of transients looking for a handout. My greatest challenge with them is knowing when God is telling me to, or not to help them. I used to think that if I had the resources I had to help, but I realize now that isn’t the case. I’ve also learned that there are times to say no to tithe paying members in the church, and then I have to trust God to do what He is planning to do for them.
Also, knowing when to speak to someone and when not to is tough. There are times when I was afraid to say something because it hurt someone’s feeling, and other times I was afraid not to say something because I feared they would walk in ignorance to their own detriment.
The first step to trusting God is hearing from Him, and then being obedient to Him. This is true trust.
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