Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | October 24, 2016

Trusting God with The Bigger Picture

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“This is what the Lord says – Your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel; I am the Lord your God who teaches you what is best for you, who directs you in the way you should go.” Isaiah 48:17 (ESV)


Clueless is how we often feel in this journey.  Answers serve us better than unsolved mysteries lived out in day to day moments. Not sure why we think we need to understand it all, but for some reason we think if we just got a glimpse of the “bigger picture,” we would magically rise to the challenge. Instead we wrestle with clueless and the whys instead of zeroing in on the One who is totally in control of it all.

Love the way God always takes me back to His words when my obsession with clueless derails my trust.  Key characters in scripture were just as clueless as we are today.  They had no idea what the bigger picture would reveal.  I often forget that – I tend to think that Daniel knew he would be rescued from the lions before he stepped foot into the den.  I ‘d like to think Noah knew he would survive the flood before the waters rose.  And what about Esther – I tend to think she knew her life would not be required of her before she demanded an audience with the king.  Would love to believe that Mary and Martha knew Jesus would revive Lazarus’ dead bones before the tomb was sealed. But you know what – they didn’t know the bigger picture in those moments before God intervened

Like each one of us, they had to listen, obey and walk faithfully where they could not see.  And all along the way, God had their best interest in mind – He never forgot His children or turned and walked away.  Yes many of them experienced hard places….we’ve all been there too, but when we read scripture, we get the joy of seeing the bigger picture.  The miracles that unfolded right before their eyes; the faith walk that lead them to receive the reward God promises.

What’s the bigger picture look like for us? I honestly do not know, but I do know that God has never ever disappointed me.  In good times, hard places, losses, gains, victories and defeats – He has proven that my life isn’t about me but about Him – the bigger picture of bringing glory to His Name.

“Father, help us to trust You with the unknowns and unexplainables.  Teach us to lean in closer and move forward in faith – simply trusting in what we can’t see but holding onto what You have promised.”


For His Glory

Janet Martin
TRBC Women’s Life


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