Grand Designs: Trust
Momentum students and 20s have been looking at the story of Abraham at our monthly Thirst meetings. After gathering together to enjoy food and worship we’ve looked at how through Abraham we see that God has a plan. He announces this vision of a new home, a grand design to come out of the ruins, and he promised Abraham a great name and a great people. His covenant of blessing Abraham with a nation and a name creates the opportunity to be faithful to God and each promise is part of God’s incredible plan to create a people who love God and love people! Sounds familiar.
At our last meeting we looked at how we can trust God in the plans and promises he has made. I talked on Genesis 15:1–21 and we saw that Abraham continues to doubt God’s plans but that he also believes in God’s covenant and this is counted to him as righteousness (Gen 15:6). Abraham is called to put his trust, not in the stars in the sky, or his own name, but in the covenant that God makes with him.
His covenant promise is something we can completely put our trust in because it is God who delivers on his promises. It is when Abram falls into a deep sleep and a darkness comes over him (Gen 15:12) that God speaks over him the truth of his promises telling him to know for certain that his plans will come true. This should bring us so much comfort that it is when we are feeling lost and most anxious and fearful about God’s plans that he enters in to our situations and keeps his side of the promise even when we can be full of doubt. He’s a God who will go with us in a pillar of cloud and of fire (Gen 15:17) guiding and protecting us.
I shared what I like to call the ‘Trust Breakdown’ as a way of looking at how we can increasingly trust in God and stand on the firm foundation that are his promises.
T - Timing
Acts 17:26 - From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands.
God’s delays are not denials. His timing is perfect and when we look back with hindsight we get to see the amazing things he has done in his timing, not ours. I love this verse from Acts as it’s brought me a lot of comfort over the past few years whilst I’ve wrestled with whether I’m meant to stay in Birmingham. During uni I tried to go to Canada to study abroad- this was the dream and I put a lot of hope into this. It didn’t happen and I was left in a situation of having to come to terms with the disappointment and find somewhere to live in Birmingham. Now, with hindsight I can see how staying here lead me to do some things that I never would have thought of doing before, and God has opened up so many different doors through this. It is now were I feel called to and where I call home but that doesn’t mean that my dream of going to Canada was completely denied. I just believe that he has a better timing and a grander plan for that.
R - Recall
Psalm 77:11 - I will remember the deeds of the LORD; yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago.
It’s so important to look back and remember what God has done in the past, when we’ve been unsure and our trust in him has been tested. I’ve recently just put a deposit down for a new house and it’s become one of those things that I just dread — having to house hunt every year. Moving house comes with stress and worries and complications but I just kept reminding myself during the process of the past times when I worried about where I would be living. Each time it worked out, each time God provided. This reminded me of how my faith has grown over the years and it allowed me to trust in him again and to trust in him more.
U - Understood
Hebrews 4:15 - For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are — yet he did not sin.
Whatever circumstance we are in, whatever heights or lows of emotions we feel we know that God understands. He knows the depths of our hearts and our characters inside out. Jesus knows what it is to suffer, to feel the pain of humanity. He knows what it feels like to be betrayed by people who you thought you could trust. It’s because of this that we can completely and solely trust in God, the God who understands what it feels like when people break their promises, the God who will never break his promise to his sons and daughters.
S - Supported
Isaiah 41:10- Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
As I was walking to the letting agents to put my deposit down for this new house, as much as I was relieved and excited to have found somewhere I still felt anxious and being honest I was pretty worried about the money; I was feeling the pinch more than I have before and having to swallow my pride in that situation. As I walked, I prayed. I remembered again that God is in control and I can trust in him to provide for me. Just before stepping into the letting agents I took a phone call that resulted in me having the opportunity to earn some extra money. It’s amazing that God provided for me in that way as it showed me once again how God supports me and upholds me in everything that I do. Just as I was feeling the pinch, and called out to him, he was there showing me again that he is faithful and trustworthy.
T - Together
1 Thessalonians 5:11 -Therefore encourage one another and build up one another
Trust is relational, it’s a two-way thing. Let’s stand together on this, let’s help point one another to a stronger and deeper faith and a more faithful and visible trust in God in everything that we do. Let’s keep trusting in God and standing on his promises as we move together on the next part of the adventure.