I would like to encourage you with this simple statement: The God who pursues can be trusted.
It is easy to trust God when He answers our prayers and when everything is going well. But what if God doesn't come through as you think He should? What if you pray for relief from a trial but no relief comes? What if it seems as though either He isn't listening or isn't answering? A massive part of faith is trust. We have the ability to make a choice. We decide to trust God.
Do you, without reservation, trust God, even when you can't understand Him? The challenge in trusting is that it’s easy to focus only on our own perspective and situation. Our emotions and our circumstances can sometimes seem to shout out that God doesn’t pursue us. In fact, God seems to have forgotten about us.
The God who pursues us can be trusted. Do you not know what the Scripture says of Elijah, how he appeals to God against Israel? (Romans 11:2) This story of Elijah is taken from I Kings 18 and 19. Even in the worst of times for Israel, a remnant would have been kept. Elijah has challenged the prophets of Baal to a contest to see whose God is real and answers prayers. Altars were made and prophets of Baal called on their god to consume their altar with fire. They shouted, danced, and even injured themselves – but still no answer. Elijah drenched his alter with water and called out to God. God heard and answered Elijah's prayer, because the God who calls can be trusted. Fire came down from heaven and consumed Elijah’s alter. Elijah won the contest, but he was exhausted. And next, he was about to face a plot by the evil king Ahab. “Lord, they have killed your prophets, they have demolished your altars, and I alone am left, and they seek my life.” (Romans 11:3) Elijah had taken his eyes off God, looking instead at his circumstances and his emotions. He said “I alone am left.” Is that true? Can God really be trusted here, Elijah?
The God who pursues can be trusted. He is more trustworthy than your emotions, more than your circumstances, and more than your perceptions. Look at verse four. God replied, “I have kept for myself seven thousand men who have not bowed the knee to Baal.” (Romans 11:4) Elijah was not alone. God and 7,000 faithful believers were with him. (I Kings 19:18)
As I read this account, I was reminded of two of the reasons I love the Bible:
- I love the patience and kindness of God in responding to Elijah.
- I love how the Bible characters are just like us. When they took their eyes off the Lord as we are tempted to do, they struggled just as we do.
I encourage you to fix your trust fully on God. Trust the God who pursues with your life. Trust that He is always working out His plan. Trust God more than your emotions and your circumstances. Elijah needed to trust God afresh, and I encourage you to do the same. The God who pursues can be trusted.