Trusting in God in Tough Times

by Sean Finnegan on April 19, 2009
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Notes:

Jeremiah 17.5-8: a bush in the desert or a tree by the stream

Four examples of trusting in God:

  1. Jericho: (Joshua 6.1-21)
    Have the men of war march around the city once per day for 6 days. Take 7 priests and have them blow trumpets continually before the ark as you march. On the 7th day, march around the city 7 times. After that, everybody yell, and the walls will fall flat.
  2. Gideon: (Judges 7.2-23)
    The Midianites had 135,000 men in their army compared to Gideon's 32,000 (a 4:1 ratio). God dismissed the 22,000 who were afraid leaving an army of 10,000 (a 13:1 ratio). God dismissed 9,700 who knelt down to drink water leaving 300 (a 450:1 ratio). The plan was to surround the camp of Midian, bust the clay pitchers, light the torches, blow the trumpets, and yell out, "A sword for Yahweh and for Gideon!"
  3. Jehoshaphat: (2 Chronicles 20.1-25)
    The Moabites, Ammonites, and Meunites decided to attack Judah when Jehoshaphat was king. In fear he called for a fast and prayed to God for help. God responded by Jahaziel that Judah would not need to fight in this battle. The next morning Jehoshaphat put the praise team at the head of the army.
  4. Hezekiah: (Isaiah 36.1-2, 4-15, 18-20; 37.1-2, 8-20, 33-38)
    When confronted by the encroaching Assyrian Empire, Hezekiah trusted in God, despite the odds. Rather than striking a deal with the trash talking Rabshakeh, Sennacherib's general, he prayed to Yahweh and trusted in the words of Isaiah the prophet and in so doing defied the superpower of his day.
We are the people who trust in God, especially when times are tough.

Matthew 6.24-33: The opposite of trust is worry

We need not be anxious about the immigrants, the stock market, the terrorists, the culture, politics, and so on--not if our security is in God, and we really believe that he will take care of us.



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