‘I trust God, but I’m wiped out!’ – By Rick Warren

Yesterday, at 6:30am we arrived home from a magassive (yep, no typo, MAGASSIVE) USA adventure.

It was good to be home. The inevitable return to work was around the corner. I honnestly didn’t want to go. I had my speech all prepared for when my Dad (my boss) was to call me to welcome me back.

“Hi Bec! Welcome home. Did you have a good time? Are you coming into the office today?” (haha, only my sister and I can share the irony of our fabulous family business).

“Hi Dad, yeah ripper of a trip. Honestly Dad, I reeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeally don’t want to go into the office today. BUT I will if I have to.” (I’ll always take one for the team).

I didn’t have to go through the above speech because lo and behold, my Dad went on a trekking holiday that same morning with some mates and forgot to ask if I had intentions of going into work. Yippeeeeeeeeee!

I washed and cooked a killer lentil soup and casually checked my work email. Consequently, I was greeted with 20 bazillion emails which took most of the day to sift through.

Anyway… one of the 20 bazillion emails was this one. I liked it. I thought you might too.

Sunday, July 11, 2010
‘I trust God, but I’m wiped out!’ by Rick Warren, DAILY HOPE

I believed, so I said, ‘I am completely ruined!’ Psalm 116:10 (NCV)

Did you know that admitting your hopelessness to God can be a statement of faith? Trusting God but feeling despair at the same time, David wrote, “I believed, so I said, ‘I am completely ruined!'” (Psalm 116:10, NCV)

This sounds like a contradiction: I trust God, but I’m wiped out! David’s frankness actually reveals deep faith: First, he believed in God. Second, he believed God would listen to his prayer. Third, he believed God would let him say what he felt and still love him.

Focus on who God is—his unchanging nature. Regardless of circumstances and how you feel, hang on to God’s unchanging character. Remind yourself what you know to be eternally true about God: He is good, he loves me, he is with me, he knows what I’m going through, he cares, and he has a good plan for my life. Raymond Edman said, “Never doubt in the dark what God told you in the light.”

“Circumstances cannot change the character of God. God’s grace is still in full force; he is still for you.”

When Job’s life fell apart, and God was silent, Job still found reasons to praise God:

  • That he is good and loving. (Job 10:12)
  • That he is all-powerful. (Job 42:2; 37:5, 23)
  • That he notices every detail of my life. (Job 23:10; 31:4)
  • That he is in control. (Job 34:13)
  • That he has a plan for my life. (Job 23:14)
  • That he will save me. (Job 19:25)

Trust God to keep his promises. During times of spiritual dryness you must patiently rely on the promises of God, not your emotions, and realize that he is taking you to a deeper level of maturity. A friendship based on emotion is shallow indeed.

So don’t be troubled by trouble. Circumstances cannot change the character of God. God’s grace is still in full force; he is still for you, even when you don’t feel it. In the absence of confirming circumstances, Job held on to God’s Word. He said, “I have not departed from the commands of his lips; I have treasured the words of his mouth more than my daily bread.” (Job 23:12, NIV)

This trust in God’s Word caused Job to remain faithful even though nothing made sense. His faith was strong in the midst of pain: “God may kill me, but still I will trust him.” (Job 13:15, CEV)

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