Questions you wish you could ask God…

Growing up as a young girl, I always asked LOTS of questions. I was super-observant and curious, wanting to understand the world around me! In my teenage years, I remember questioning if God would be OK with my uncertainty of so many “Christian” rules and “must-dos”. As a young adult, the questions switched to whether or not God could love me unconditionally in spite of all the crazy things I had done, or hurt I had caused others. Now as a Christ-follower for many years, I still find myself struggling with a few questions from time to time. Some are the “usual suspects” like “God, why is this happening?” or “Where are you God?” yet others are more probing and telling of my current “relationship status” with the Lord.

I kicked off 2020 with a 6-week Sabbatical and spent a great deal of time pressing into my current spiritual state, asking God lots of questions about events that had unfolded in my life the previous 5-10 years. It was a deep soul dive that lead me to a discovery…I didn’t really trust God. I said I did, which I believed on the surface, but deep inside I thought if I could control my life (and circumstances that impacted me) and act a certain way, then ultimately all would be OK.

Slowly over the last few months, I’m stepping into a new level of trust and realizing it’s not conditional. If I truly trust God, there is no gray matter involved. If I truly trust God, then I know that He’s in control of the world and nothing catches Him by surprise! If I truly trust God, then no matter what happens in my life, He’s already one step ahead of me and has a master plan at work.

Psalm 11:1-7 is an incredible passage of scripture that David penned in a season of his life when trusting God was paramount.

In the Lord I take refuge. How then can you say to me: “Flee like a bird to your mountain.
For look, the wicked bend their bows; they set their arrows against the strings to shoot from the shadows at the upright in heart.
When the foundations are being destroyed, what can the righteous do?”
The Lord is in His holy temple; the Lord is on His heavenly throne. He observes everyone on earth; His eyes examine them.
The Lord examines the righteous, but the wicked, those who love violence, He hates with a passion.
On the wicked He will rain fiery coals and burning sulfur; a scorching wind will be their lot.
For the Lord is righteous, He loves justice; the upright will see His face.

My dear newhope family, let us never forget we are kept and protected by God for He is our refuge and comforter. Let us choose to put our trust in and hide ourselves in Him! Today, be blessed to rejoice in the Lord who is righteous, our Provider, who still sits on His heavenly throne as the ultimate judge of humanity. With God at our right hand, we will not be shaken or moved!!

No doubt the future looks very unstable and shaky today; however, I challenge you to let your body rest and confidently dwell in His safety! Because of His greatness may your soul be glad and your spirit rejoice! Remember the Lord is strong and immovable and safe as any fortress ever could be!

Now that’s a great place to shout AMEN!!

We are praying for each one of you and look forward to the day we’ll all be together again, in person, worshipping our great God! In case you did not receive Pastor Benji’s video update about coming back on-site, click HERE to review!

Have a wonderful weekend and we’ll see you online on Sunday for Ask Me Anything, Part 3!

Trusting and resting in Him,

Fran Helpingstine
Executive Director of Operations, Finance and Marketing

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