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Trust: Recounting and Remembering

It is my personal aim to make Scripture reading more of a focus in my own life and to encourage you in this area also as we pursue the 40 Days of Trust. As the Lord is leading my heart in this direction, I am beginning this post with a particular Scripture of focus for us. The Scripture references are linked for you.


Remember. Recalling the faithfulness of God is an excellent practice for us to embrace. It reorients our thinking to that of one where we focus on what God has done in the past and how He has intervened despite the circumstances that surround us. With our focus on God, we begin to see the pain or struggle of our current situation diminish in light of what we  know about God and how He has shown Himself to us in the past. He is not a God who hides but who delights to engage with those He created in His image. (Genesis 1:26-27)



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Relationship. Even after the fall of man in Genesis 3, we see God pursuing Adam and Eve as they attempted to hide their nakedness from Him. He is a God who pursues us even in the worst of conditions, not one who hides Himself from us. He cares about those whom He created and is not indifferent to our plight. We have confidence before Him that He does care and He will help. (Hebrews 4:15-16) He can be trusted!

Recount. We read in I Samuel today that Samuel took a stone and set it up between Mizpah and Shen and named it Ebenezer meaning, "Thus far the Lord helped us." Samuel raised a monument of sorts as a remembrance of how God delivered Israel from the hands of the Philistines. Let's join with Samuel in recounting the ways God has made Himself known to us and let's remember His faithfulness. So, I close with one question: How has God helped you in the past?

"He named it Ebenezer, saying, "Thus far the Lord helped us." I Sam. 7:12b

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