It is important in life that we put our trust in God, not always people. People do fail us in life, but God never fails us. As Paul said, “God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment. For it hath been declared unto me of you, my brethren, by them which are of the house of Chloe, that there are contentions among you.” (1 Corinthians 1:9-11) To people who put their trust in God, He is faithful them in return. This helps us become more like-minded among other believers. Where contention becomes the thing of the past and now only respectful conversations and love is now found among the saints. This is church, when people get together in fellowship one with another, in order to learn and grow from each other. We also do acts of service for each other. To hit this home, Paul said, “but we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God which raiseth the dead: Who delivered us from so great a death, and doth deliver: in whom we trust that he will yet deliver us; Ye also helping together by prayer for us, that for the gift bestowed upon us by the means of many persons thanks may be given by many on our behalf.” (2 Corinthians 1:9-11) Trust in God and He will help you.
Trusting in God helps us grow and mature in the faith. This is a daily thing we must do, in order to not fall by the wayside. Doing this also denies what our flesh desires, where we follow Jesus’s best wishes instead. Because we believe in a God who is alive and will raise us up one day in the resurrection, what He can lead us in is food and nourishment for the spirit. That is why we incline our ears to the Lord, our God in prayer constantly throughout the day. And in these prayers, we are now inclined to pray for others in the church, and even those who have not accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior. Thanks be to God who we can reach for His glory. Lastly, Paul said, “for our rejoicing is this, the testimony of our conscience, that in simplicity and godly sincerity, not with fleshly wisdom, but by the grace of God, we have had our conversation in the world, and more abundantly to you-ward. For we write none other things unto you, that what ye read or acknowledge; and I trust ye shall acknowledge even to the end; As also ye have acknowledged us in part, that we are your rejoicing, even as ye also are our’s in the day of the Lord Jesus.” (2 Corinthians 1:12-14) When we understand as Paul did that salvation for the souls of others is important, we will also rejoice with people who come to Jesus and are currently in the faith. You see, we are no longer selfish, but can look at the welfare of others, even outside the walls of our family. This is God working in us.
Let us pray:
Oh Lord, I pray that we will learn from Your mighty hand and not from ourselves and others instead. There are good things to learn from in this world, even from school and books, but none of that should take away from what You can teach us. I see You, God, as someone I can trust in for answers. People have betrayed me over time and some have led me to follow their lies, but this has never happened with You. Sure, certain people have said sorry for their wrongdoings, and I am happy to forgive and forget. You do this for me and others, so it is my pleasure to forgive one another. I am not much different when I am living for the flesh. I say and do things that hurt people and don’t understand how wrong I really was until You convict me of my sins. So yes, I pray that people will forgive me, as You have already. There is so much I wish I could forget and wish it was not part of my past, but it is. I have to live with it, but that does not mean that I have to let it deter my walk with You, Jesus. As You have forgiven me, even from the east to the west, I forgive myself. This is difficult, for inside I see a wretched sinner who doesn’t deserve forgiveness and mercy. However, I do know that You died for me. You paid the penalty for my sins on the cross that I might live again in harmony with You. I trust in You, God. You have made me the person I am today. If I am helping others and doing kind acts of service, You have led me in those things. I rejoice with others who are saved and pray for there’s and other’s needs also. Help those people who are distraught and need You, God. I love You. Amen.