11/21 Days of Prayer & Fasting
PSALM 32 (NIV)
Blessed is the one
whose transgressions are forgiven,
whose sins are covered.
Blessed is the one
whose sin the Lord does not count against them
and in whose spirit is no deceit.
When I kept silent,
my bones wasted away
through my groaning all day long.
For day and night
your hand was heavy on me;
my strength was sapped
as in the heat of summer.
Then I acknowledged my sin to you
and did not cover up my iniquity.
I said, “I will confess
my transgressions to the Lord.”
And you forgave
the guilt of my sin.
Therefore let all the faithful pray to you
while you may be found;
surely the rising of the mighty waters
will not reach them.
You are my hiding place;
you will protect me from trouble
and surround me with songs of deliverance.
I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;
I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.
Do not be like the horse or the mule,
which have no understanding
but must be controlled by bit and bridle
or they will not come to you.
Many are the woes of the wicked,
but the Lord’s unfailing love
surrounds the one who trusts in him.
Rejoice in the Lord and be glad, you righteous;
sing, all you who are upright in heart!
Trust is a powerful thing. When we develop personal relationships, a big question we are asking (without actually asking) is: “Can I trust you?” I think some people carry that into their relationship with God. We want to trust God, but a small part of us is questioning, “God, can I really trust you?” The answer is absolutely! God can be trusted and He is okay with the process.
There is a passage where a man comes to Jesus for healing for his daughter and Jesus asks, “Do you believe?” The man replies, “I believe! Help my unbelief.” And Jesus heals the man’s daughter. He was essentially saying, “I trust you…. I think.” That tells me that Jesus is patient with us in the process of developing total faith and trust.
If you’ve accepted Jesus as your savior, that’s a huge step in trusting God. You are reading this devotion which is another huge step. Just keep taking one step at a time. Eventually you will realize that God is 100% trustworthy and has great plans for your life.
God, thank you for being patient with me. Show me the areas in my life that I haven’t completely trusted you and help me to trust you in every area of my life. In Jesus’ name, Amen.