Trusting ~ Names Of God AQTE OLS — Week Two

I’ve been thinking a lot about the nature and quality of our trust in God.

How can we learn to trust God without being confronted with a situation where a great trust in Him is required? How can we really know Him without adversity?

Trust in God doesn’t come naturally. It develops and grows as we draw near to God and know Him.

My great goal in life is to know and love and trust Him more. And I find, in the difficulties of life, that my trust in God is tested to the limits. And I see how much growth has occurred in my life and also how much more I need to grow. Selah — “pause and calmly think of that,” as the psalmist so aptly writes.

In Week Two of our study in Trusting In The Names Of God — A Quiet Time Experience, we studied what it means to trust in God, how we learn to trust in Him, and the great result of trusting God.

I loved the prayer in Psalm 25:1-6 —

O LORD, I give my life to you. I trust in you, my God! Do not let me be disgraced, or let my enemies rejoice in my defeat. No one who trusts in you will ever be disgraced, but disgrace comes to those who try to deceive others. Show me the right path, O LORD; point out the road for me to follow. Lead me by your truth and teach me, for you are the God who saves me. All day long I put my hope in you. Remember, O LORD, your compassion and unfailing love, which you have shown from long ages past.
Psalm 25:1-6 NLT

I’m so thankful for David and how honest and trusting he was as He walked with God through many difficult times. He encourages me and his words have become the foundation of many of my own prayers this week.

I love the invitation from the Lord Jesus, “Come away with Me by yourselves to a quiet place” (Mark 6:31). We need the quiet place with Jesus to know Him and grow in our trust. It’s the only way to know Him better and become intimate with Him. The Lord beckons us to draw near when He says, “Be still, and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10).

When I think of a place to be still and draw near to God, I close my eyes and think of this small clearing along the Avalanche Lake Trail in Glacier National Park in Montana. I remember quietly standing there with my Nikon D7000 camera, drinking in the lush beauty of the trees and the soft wind blowing through the leaves. It was truly a quiet place.

Let us all receive His invitation gladly and go to the quiet place and sit with Him awhile, listening to all He has to say to us in His word.

I love Charles Spurgeon’s words in Morning and Evening

When a man is so poor, so friendless, so helpless that he has nowhere else to turn, he flies into His Father’s arms, and is blessedly clasped therein! When he is burdened with troubles so pressing and so peculiar that he cannot tell them to any but his God, he may be thankful for them; for he will learn more of his Lord than at any other time. Oh, tempest-tossed believer, it is a happy trouble that drives thee to thy Father!
Charles Haddon Spurgeon in Morning and Evening

What words to read in the depth of a trial! They are tough to take at times and yet I can receive them from Mr. Spurgeon, for he knew sorrow and suffering. He is one of my great heroes of the faith and I can’t wait to meet him in heaven just to say thank you for his shepherd’s heart and wise words in the depth of despair.

So dear friend, what say you this week? Where are you in your faith? What is God teaching you about trust? I look forward to learning and growing together with you.

As always, I want you to know that my prayer and my goal for all of us is found in Psalm 9:10 —

And those who know Your name will put their trust in You, for You, O LORD, have not forsaken those who seek You.
Psalm 9:10

Lord, we pray now that we will know Your names and put our trust in You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

God bless you, dear friend, and may you be filled with trust as you discover who God is, what God says, and what God does in His names.

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Your Assignment

Your assignment this next week is to study Week 3, Days 1-6, Trusting In The Lord. At the end of Week Three, you may also want to enjoy the companion Week Three message for Trusting In The Names Of God (Viewer Guide, pp99-100) — A Day In The Life Of God – Digital M4V Video or A Day In The Life Of God – Digital MP3 Audio. In our third week of study we are going to enter into the magnificent beauty of God’s Creation and focus on God as Creator. You will realize more just how powerful God is. As a result, you will be encouraged to trust God to handle even the most difficult trials in your life. I will meet you back here with a new post and discussion question on Saturday, April 1, 2017.

♥ God bless you as you continue this great adventure of knowing Him!

Catherine

Sola Scriptura

As you studied God’s word in Week Two, what was your most significant insight about trust? How is your trust in God being tested right now? What did you learn that will help you trust God more? And finally, what was your favorite verse, insight, or quote?
Please comment.

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Come away with Me by yourselves to a quiet place.
Mark 6:31

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  • Description: Along the Avalanche Lake Trail in Glacier National Park, Montana, USA.
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Trusting In The Names Of God: A Quiet Time Experience by Catherine Martin … Individuals, casual groups of friends, church congregations, and even families looking for a meaningful daily devotion will all find this book and its discussion questions a compelling invitation to wholeheartedly seek God and trust in His every name.
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Catherine Martin has produced this piquant, pointed, and challenging subject in two books [A 30-Day Journey & A Quiet Time Experience], both of which will help you in special ways to come closer to your Lord. Both these books intrigued, delighted, and challenged me. I met tried and true ideas with new emphases which drew me into closer communion with God. It is well worth reading both books. They accent the subject differently, building on each other. Individual readers and groups will find these books valuable. Trusting in the Names of God also make a good set of reference books.
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