Saturday, March 31, 2012

How Can A Widow Trust God?

Saturday heralds the weekend, a reminder to cut some time in our schedules to "Come apart before we come apart." It's a time to read a verse, say a prayer or just sit down for a moment of sheer nothing but rest. My widow friend, Denise, advises to rest before you think you feel like you need to.
Here's a good acrostic I picked up from my pastor's sermon once:

TAKE AN INVENTORY: 1) Do I trust God? 2) Can God trust me?
RECOGNIZE GOD AS YOUR SOURCE
UNDERSTAND GOD'S PRINCIPLES
SURRENDER EVERYTHING TO GOD
TRUST GOD'S PROMISES

Many widows find trusting God a very difficult thing to do. I've struggled with that myself. If I believe God's in control, I have to believe He was in control the day my husband died. Why did He allow that? Why does He let me suffer such pain, loneliness and abandonment? How can we trust when we feel so betrayed?

Those are difficult questions, and surely not to be resolved with a little acrostic. But I urge you to take this acrostic one phrase at a time. I think you'll discover some rich truths that will begin to help. And when you can't trust God Himself, then trust me---you can trust His promises.

Are you short on some of God's promises? Let me share some of my favorites with you:

For a relationship with Christ--Romans 10:9
For a fresh start--I John 1:9
For comfort--Matthew 11:28-30
For strength--II Corinthians 12:9
For help with a decision--James 1:5
For peace of mind--Isaiah 26:3
For provision--Philippians 4:19

Have a restful weekend. I'll be praying for you. ferree

4 comments:

  1. I never had a problem trusting God when my husband died. God is not the author of death, but of life. Man's treasonous action in the Garden brought death and all the other pain we see crashing down on us.

    From before creation, He set a plan in motion to remedy our situation. His own Son would come and die for us, so we could be reconciled to the Father.

    Death will one day have no more power over those who know Him.

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  2. I am not being antagonistic here, but I ask myself "how can a widow NOT trust God??" Losing my husband last June was bad enough, but I could never find my way if I lost God too. I depend much on Him because surely without His leading I would make so many costly mistakes. I NEED to trust God.

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  3. It's been 6yrs sence my husband passed away I'm learning how to trust God n truly believe his promises. It's been rough n lonely at times thank you lord for comfort

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  4. Dear Norma, It does take time. I'm so glad you're beginning to hope in the Lord and find comfort in Him. {{hugs}}

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