TRUSTING GOD When You Don’t Understand

Joseph LephiewSeries, STORM PROOF YOUR LIFE

Sermon Notes

STORM PROOF YOUR LIFE: Answers to life’s toughest questions. How to handle tuff times.

Hurts, Pains and Betrayal.

Trusting God when we don’t understand.

Letting Go and Moving On

TRUSTING GOD WHEN YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND:
I was reading an article about the challenges people are having with quarantine and social distancing. People are getting headaches, fatigue on the body, irritated and agitated. They call it, “CAUTION FATIGE”.
WITH SO MUCH CHANGE, RESTRICTIONS, FEARS, VIRUS, EVERYDAY COUNTING AND POSTING THE DEATH COUNT.

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Covid-19 deaths 133K: Heart Disease 647,457K, Cancer 599,108K, Accidents 169,936K, Chronic lower respiratory diseases 160,201K, Stroke 146,383K

Infection fatality rate: 0.64%

When you put things in proper perspective it can help you to have a better understanding.

If you just listen to media, they do report the news anymore. They report their slanted version based on their agenda. Bad, negative, destructive, decisive news keeps them in business. This is why they will make up stories to get readers even when it is out right not true.

If you depend on CNN, or any other media outlet for your facts and truths you will have a very difficult time TRUSTING GOD.

Number of deaths for leading causes of death:
Heart disease: 647,457
Cancer: 599,108
Accidents (unintentional injuries): 169,936
Chronic lower respiratory diseases: 160,201
Stroke (cerebrovascular diseases): 146,383
Alzheimer’s disease: 121,404
Diabetes: 83,564
Influenza and Pneumonia: 55,672
Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome and nephrosis: 50,633
Intentional self-harm (suicide): 47,173

Covid-19. Deaths as of today US: 3.05M confirmed: 918K recovered: 133K Deaths: World Wide: 11.8M confirmed: 6.42M recovered: 544K deaths:

There is this internal drive to know why or understand. What happens when you can’t answer the WHY? When we feel we understand something it helps us make up our mind how we will respond. Our actions and behavior usually are connected with how we understand something.

We all have been here at sometime in our lives and we will be here again. Remember speaking, what in the world is going on in my life? Why did that happen to me? When will I finally get what I’ve wanted for so long? Why, God, why? When, God, when?!”

My life and the life of this church has had me a few times scratching my head going, “God really, what is going on?” One thing after another over and over it seems to me.

TRUSTING GOD WHEN YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND:

Trusting God and You don’t understand. We feel we have to understand everything. You know as well as I do you won’t understand a lot of what happens in your life.

Someone said, “Fear arises when we feel everything depends on us.”

Story in Bible, Jesus us crucified, death and buried in a tomb. Disciples are so messed up. What they believed seems to be lost. They are lost. Peter and the rest just return to fishing. It seems to me their world is over.

“For as yet they did not understand the Scripture, that He must rise from the dead.”
John 20:9 AMP

This scripture comes after they ran back to the tomb where the body of Jesus is gone. An empty tomb. Jesus told them over and over that He must die, be buried and rise in the defeat of death, hell and the grave. He gave them instruction over and over and over about this event.

It happens and they are so discouraged and broken hearted.

“Then Jesus asked them, “What are you discussing with one another as you walk along?” And they stood still, looking brokenhearted.”
Luke 24:17 AMP

This is Jesus resurrected walking and talking with these disciples but they do not recognize Him. THEY DID NOT UNDERSTAND AND THEY LOOKED AND FELT BROKEN-HEARTED. THIS EMOTION, FEELING, CAUSED DEPRESSION, FRUSTRATION, FEAR, ANXIETY, ETC.

They forgot what Jesus told them. What causes a lack of understanding and broken-hearted is when you forget what God’s Word says. We forget and just see what is going on.

Most of the fear, anxiety, and frustration in our world for believers is when we forget what God said and focus on what is going on around us.

“I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace. In the world you have tribulation and distress and suffering, but be courageous [be confident, be undaunted, be filled with joy]; I have overcome the world.” [My conquest is accomplished, My victory abiding.]”
John 16:33 AMP

God gives instructions for when things happen that we do not understand. Why do we loose it when we are faced with challenges in this world. He warns us. Why do we loose it when they happen? WE ARE NOT LIVING ON HIS WORD. WE ARE JUST LIVING BY OUR UNDERSTANDING.
THERE WILL BE TIMES WE ALL WILL BE TESTED AND TRIED WITH CHALLENGES. SOMETIMES THESE CHALLENGES WILL BE HUGE AND SEEM TO MUCH TO HANDLE.

JESUS TOLD THEM OVER AND OVER WHAT WOULD HAPPEN AND STILL WHEN IT DID THEY WERE NOT READY.

Jesus said there is a place for perfect peace in the midst of chaos. IN ME JESUS SAYS IS A PLACE OF RELATIONSHIP. HE IS IN ME AND I AM IN HIM. DAVID SAID IT LIKE THIS, HIDE ME IN THE SHADOW OF WINGS. IN HIM IS IN HIS PLACE OF PROTECTION, PROVISION, HOPE, FULFILLMENT, SECURITY, JOY, PEACE IN THE MIDDLE OF YOUR STORMS.

I DON’T ALWAYS UNDERSTAND WHY OR WHAT IS GOING ON, BUT I DO KNOW WHO DOES. JESUS.

GOD SEES THE BIGGER PICTURE. I USED TO ASK WHY DO I STRUGGLE SO MUCH LORD. HE WOULD TELL ME I AM PREPARING YOU FOR LATER. I DID NOT UNDERSTAND THEN BUT I DO NOW.

THE DISCIPLES LOST IT FOR A BIT. DAVID RAN OFF AND HIDE FOR YEARS BECAUSE HE DID NOT UNDERSTAND GODS PLAN OR WHAT WAS GOING ON. EVEN IN OUR TIMES OF CRISES AND RUNNING AWAY, GOD WILL FIND YOU. GOD WILL HELP YOU TO REMEMBER HIS WORDS.

Proverbs 3:5 AMP “Trust in and rely confidently on the LORD with all your heart And do not rely on your own insight or understanding.”

Trust is such a huge challenge for most of us. We put a lot more trust in ourselves so it very hard to put trust in another.

TRUST: FIRM BELIEF IN THE RELIABILITY, TRUTH, ABILITY, STRENGTH OF SOMEONE OR SOMETHING.

Trust in God does not mean that you believe everything will go your way or the way you believe. The word says we will have troubles, struggles, distress, sufferings. We will have them, but be of good cheer. God overcame so we can too.

Trust in God does not stop hard challenges to your life. Look at Joseph. God gave him a word or prophecy. Then all hell breaks loose for many years he suffered, was betrayed by his own brothers, falsely accused, imprisoned, on and on till it was time.

HE HAD TO HOLD ONTO THE WORD OF THE LORD FOR HIS LIFE. WHAT WOULD HIS OWN INSIGHT AND UNDERSTANDING TOLD HIM. God does not care, you are lost and hopeless, give up believing God.

Do not rely on your own understanding or insight. This is where you follow you. This is where fear, doubt or worry or lack leads your decision making and your future will affected.

How many people give up on Gods Life because it gets hard. It is so much easier to just live whatever happens happens.

No real victory, no real joy, no real peach, no real success, no real life.

Proverbs 3:6 AMP “In all your ways know and acknowledge and recognize Him, And He will make your paths straight and smooth [removing obstacles that block your way].”

In all your ways know and acknowledge and recognize Him. This means no matter what is happening, no matter what you are facing, no matter how bad or hard it seems, no matter how unfair you feel it is, ACKNOWLEDGE AND RECOGNIZE HIM.

Jesus was resurrected but they could not recognize Him. See God in the storm, challenge, pain, hurt, loss WITH YOU.
IF I PUT MY TRUST IN THE LORD HE WILL MAKE MY PATHS STRAIGHT AND SMOOTH [REMOVING OBSTACLES THAT BLOCK YOUR WAY].

PEOPLE WHO RELY ON THEIR OWN INSIGHT AND OWN UNDERSTANDING MUST LIVE ON THE CROOKED AND WINDING ROUGH AND RUGGED PATH. THEY WILL BE FACED WITH MANY OBSTACLES THAT WILL NOT BE REMOVED AND WILL CONTINUE TO BLOCK YOUR WAY.

GOD REMOVED GOLIATH, GOD REMOVED THE RED SEA, GOD REMOVED THE STONE THAT BLOCKED THE TOMB WITH JESUS, GOD REMOVED THE BONDAGE FROM ISREAL, ON AND ON WHEN WE PUT OUR TOTAL TRUST IN OUR GOD AND NOT OURSELVES OR OUR UNDERSTANDING OF THINGS HE MOVES FOR US. REMEMBER IN HIS TIMING.

Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.
Corrie ten Boom

I believe God is managing affairs and that He doesn’t need any advice from me. With God in charge, I believe everything will work out for the best in the end. So what is there to worry about.
Henry Ford

Man says..Show me and I’ll trust you. God says Trust me and I’ll show you.
Psalm 126:6

God will not permit any troubles to come upon us, unless He has a specific plan by which great blessing can come out of the difficulty.
Peter Marshall

“And we know [with great confidence] that God [who is deeply concerned about us] causes all things to work together [as a plan] for good for those who love God, to those who are called according to His plan and purpose.”
Romans 8:28 AMP