Guest Author from Missouri
In order to trust someone, we must first believe that they are indeed trustworthy. I have often found that when I am facing a trial, I can very quickly begin to question if God is truly worthy of my trust. As the trial progresses, lies about who God is and who he created me to be start to crowd into my mind and heart. Before long, I find myself struggling to believe that God loves me, that he is with me, and that he is always fighting for my ultimate good.
To dispel the lies that tempt me to distrust God, I turn to Isaiah 43:1-7. These simple verses remind me that God has chosen me and has deemed me as precious. They remind me that the Lord not only sees my trials but that he also enters into them with me and stays with me. I can’t tell you how many times I have returned to Isaiah 43 and other Scripture verses like it (sometimes daily) when I am encountering difficulties. After hearing the Lord say to me, “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine,” I am able to face the trial with renewed hope and trust in God’s loving providence.