ODJ: trusting God

May 27, 2015 

READ: 2 Chronicles 20:1-13 

O our God, won’t you stop them? We are powerless against this mighty army . . . . We do not know what to do, but we are looking to you for help (v.12).

Years ago, God put it on the hearts of my wife and me that I should attend Bible college. We didn’t fully know why or how, but we trusted that He had a plan. Our problem was that we were in a tough financial condition. We were literally praying for food to feed our family week by week. Then the due date for the payment of the tuition fees arrived, and we didn’t have a penny to put towards the cost.

We were tempted to throw our hands up into the air in despair when suddenly we stopped and said, “God, we believe this was Your idea. So if You want us to pursue Bible college, we look to You to provide the funds. You know our situation. Please show us the way.” Moments later the phone rang and the college informed me that an anonymous donor had paid all my fees for the year! I still have no idea who the donor was, but I do know the great One who truly provided the funds!

The nation of Judah had been invaded and the people had no clue what to do. But they did the right thing, for they knew that God was their God. The right thing, the only thing, to do was to pray, “Over to you, God!” They looked to Him, not understanding the situation, not knowing what would happen (2 Chronicles 20:3-4). They simply trusted in the character of God and the hope that He would come to their aid as He had always done in the past (v.7).

When all seems hopeless and our backs are against the wall, God will meet us in our need. We simply need to call out to Him. He’s the all-powerful, miracle-working God who has so faithfully provided for His people in the past.

—Russell Fralick

365-day-plan: Ezekiel 37:1-14

Read John 6:66-68 and consider Peter’s words and what it means to fully trust in Jesus. 
How often do you battle through a crisis instead of handing it over to God? Why is God worthy of all our trust as we face life’s challenges?