Trusting in God

Woe to him who strives with him who formed him, a pot among earthen pots!
Does the clay say to him who forms it, ‘What are you making?’
 or ‘Your work has no handles’?

Woe to him who says to a father, ‘What are you begetting?’
or to a woman, ‘With what are you in labor?’”

Thus says the Lord, the Holy One of Israel, and the one who formed him:
“Ask me of things to come; will you command me concerning my children and the work of my hands?
I made the earth and created man on it;
it was my hands that stretched out the heavens, and I commanded all their host.

Isaiah 45:9-12

God has made us carefully and lovingly, and I believe he is still crafting us. In my relationship with Jesus, he is always teaching me new things. Whether it’s through the Bible, worship, prayer, people or just life, God is always working in me. Sometimes I have seasons where I learn loads, and other times I have absolutely no clue what God’s doing! “Why am I going through this?”

This passage reminds us not to question what God is doing. Think about when a flower is growing. We don’t question the flower when it is still a bud and say: why is it not beautiful? It has no colour! We know that in time, the flower will open and look incredible. I think it’s the same with God and us. In this passage we are the clay and God is the potter. Who are we to question our Potter before he has finished?

Our God is the God who created the heavens and the earth, and it is so beautiful! He is SO powerful! He has made everything beautiful in its time, and that means it’s important to be patient. Keep seeking God diligently and trust in his sovereignty over your life. You never know what incredible thing he’s got waiting for you just around the corner.

"even to your old age I am he,
    and to gray hairs I will carry you.
I have made you, and I will bear you;
    I will carry you and will save you.”
Isaiah 46:4

If being noticed, appreciated, and recognized is the motivation behind anything we do, we are headed down the wrong path, subtly stealing glory and seeking praise that belongs to our King alone.

Leslie Ludy  (via godmoves)

Lord, please search me and help me identify the things that stop me fully believing and trusting in you, and please help me to put them aside and put you first. Give me more faith in you, Lord.

Lord, please search me and help me identify the things that stop me fully believing and trusting in you, and please help me to put them aside and put you first. Give me more faith in you, Lord.

"You are my hope"

In life, we all experience things that are difficult and challenging, things that may knock our faith a bit. But I think we need to hold on to the hope that we have in Jesus. The hope of God is not wishful thinking, it is rooted in Jesus who has ultimate control over everything - he is sovereign. We may feel helpless, but God has complete power over everything. A verse I find helpful is 2 Chronicles 20:12: “we do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you.” It’s from a passage where King Jehoshaphat was facing an army, and he was very afraid, but he trusted completely in The Lord and God was faithful and fought the battle for him. So that’s just a little something to keep you going - “I don’t know what to do, God, but my eyes are on you and I’m continuing to trust in you to bring hope.”

"You are my hope"

In life, we all experience things that are difficult and challenging, things that may knock our faith a bit. But I think we need to hold on to the hope that we have in Jesus. The hope of God is not wishful thinking, it is rooted in Jesus who has ultimate control over everything - he is sovereign. We may feel helpless, but God has complete power over everything. A verse I find helpful is 2 Chronicles 20:12: “we do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you.” It’s from a passage where King Jehoshaphat was facing an army, and he was very afraid, but he trusted completely in The Lord and God was faithful and fought the battle for him. So that’s just a little something to keep you going - “I don’t know what to do, God, but my eyes are on you and I’m continuing to trust in you to bring hope.”

When you feel like giving up on following Jesus:

•”Let your heart not envy sinners, but continue in the fear of The Lord all the day. Surely there is a future, and your hope will not be cut off.” (Proverbs 23:17-18)

•”Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” (Galatians 6:9)

•”The Lord will surely comfort Zion
and will look with compassion on all her ruins;
he will make her deserts like Eden,
her wastelands like the garden of the Lord.
Joy and gladness will be found in her,
thanksgiving and the sound of singing.” (Isaiah 51:3)

•Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus. (Hebrews 12:1)

Keep pursuing Jesus. He has promised “hope, joy and gladness for us” when we keep going. He has saved us from the darkness of our own ways and redeemed us with his unfailing love, and he won’t ever let us down. We’ve all let him down so many times, but it’s never too late to turn back to him which is incredible!

Awake, awake, Zion, 
clothe yourself with strength! 
Put on your garments of splendor, 
Jerusalem, the holy city. 
The uncircumcised and defiled 
will not enter you again. 
Shake off your dust; 
rise up, sit enthroned, Jerusalem. 
Free yourself from the chains on your neck, 
Daughter Zion, now a captive. 

 For this is what the Lord says: 
“You were sold for nothing, 
and without money you will be redeemed.” 

(Isaiah 52:1-3)

Awake, awake, Zion,
clothe yourself with strength!
Put on your garments of splendor,
Jerusalem, the holy city.
The uncircumcised and defiled
will not enter you again.
Shake off your dust;
rise up, sit enthroned, Jerusalem.
Free yourself from the chains on your neck,
Daughter Zion, now a captive.

For this is what the Lord says:
“You were sold for nothing,
and without money you will be redeemed.”

(Isaiah 52:1-3)

5 facts about me tagged by graceupongrvce:

1. I love baking LOADS
2. I am involved a lot with worship bands at church
3. I am chatty and an extrovert
4. I love working with children
5. It takes me ages to read books but I still like reading them anyway

"Calvary covers it all My sin and shame  Don’t count any more All praise to the one Who has ransomed my soul Calvary covers it all”
-Calvary (Hillsong Worship)

"Calvary covers it all
My sin and shame
Don’t count any more
All praise to the one
Who has ransomed my soul
Calvary covers it all”

-Calvary (Hillsong Worship)

"Up from the ashes
Your love has brought us
Out of the darkness 
And into the light”

-To Our God (Bethel Music)

"Up from the ashes
Your love has brought us
Out of the darkness
And into the light”

-To Our God (Bethel Music)

good news!

People of Zion, who live in Jerusalem, you will weep no more. How gracious he will be when you cry for help! As soon as he hears, he will answer you. Although the Lord gives you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction, your teachers will be hidden no more; with your own eyes you will see them. Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.”

(Isaiah 30:19-21)

"Let the redeemed of The Lord sat so, whom he has redeemed from trouble
And gathered in from the lands, from the east and from the west, from the north and from the south.” Psalm 107:2-3

No matter where we are in life, God seeks to draw us back to Him. He wants a relationship with us because he loves us! If we’re far from Him because of good things or bad things, God calls us and looks for us, and redeems us!

"Let the redeemed of The Lord sat so, whom he has redeemed from trouble
And gathered in from the lands, from the east and from the west, from the north and from the south.” Psalm 107:2-3

No matter where we are in life, God seeks to draw us back to Him. He wants a relationship with us because he loves us! If we’re far from Him because of good things or bad things, God calls us and looks for us, and redeems us!

seek the Lord and you will find Him

"Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind, for he satisfies the thirsty
and fills the hungry with good things.”

I have found this verse to be so true! Last week I prayed (and asked a couple of close friends) that I would be able to go deeper in my relationship with God somehow and have a deeper understanding of his grace. Gradually, over the week, God has been revealing more of his amazing love to me in different ways: through worship, my friends, church, prayer, the bible, a book and more! God is SO faithful!