Not long ago, my family decided to rescue another dog. My wife found a German Shepherd that had been hit by a car and left for dead. After months of rehab, he was put on the internet for adoption. What a handful this dog came to be. You could not pet him, scratch behind the ear or attempt to rub his chest without jacking him up. He was always on the defensive and ready to respond as a means of protecting himself. It has been nearly six months now. He is finally rolling onto his back (a very vulnerable position) and allowing us to interact physically without any major reactions. The reason he allows this is because he has learned to trust us.
We are much the same. We respond to problems in life so as to protect ourselves. Much of the time, our responses only make life’s problems worse. It is only after we trust The Lord, that our actions become good or helpful to our situation. Trusting The Lord and doing good always go hand and hand. The one is a product of the other. (Psalm 37:3)
Doing good is easy when everything you need just falls into place. However, some of the most difficult times to do good or to do right is when everybody else is doing wrong or when doing the right thing has a great cost associated with it. Being financially faithful to God is easy when the bank account is robust, but when there is not enough to go around, doing good it is difficult. This is true about other situations as well, but what can you do to keep yourself in the right?
Before responding to a situation in life, first stop and a speak to God letting him know that you are deciding to trust him. Then ask that he guide your trusting heart to make the decisions that he wants so that you will not work against his mercy for your trial. Trusting is the first step. Without trust, the actions will be fruitless and not pleasing to The Lord.
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