I have been teaching the Bible for over twenty years and I have found out the more we dig the bible the more God gives us new revelations
He Knows Them
This topic, “He Knows Them” that I want to talk on is essentially taken from the book of Prophet Nahum chapter one and the seventh verse that says,
"The Lord is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble: and he knoweth them that trust in him".
It is the "b" part of this verse that I want to talk on.
Nahum is a name that means comfort or consolation. He was one of the minor prophets in Israel whose prophecies we can find in the bible. He prophesied concerning the city of Nineveh. All Bible students shall recollect that we used to read about Prophet Jonah's prophesy concerning Nineveh. The people of Nineveh during the time of Prophet Jonah's utterances repented and God pardoned them, but they were soon to return to their vomit as such, Prophet Nahum was sent to prophesy against them at a later time. He prophesied that the Lord will punish the evil doers, the wicked people, the proud, the violent and the nation that indulges in that.
In his prophesy however, he made the people to know that when the Lord starts punishing the wicked, he will protect the humble and the faithful ones.
Israel in Egypt, A Case Study
To understand this, we need to remember what happened in the land of Egypt when the Israelites were there as slaves. It got to a particular juncture that the children of Israel were no longer partakers of the sufferings or punishments that God was unleashing on the people of Egypt. The Lord started protecting his people, while he was at the same time sending plagues on his enemies, the disobedient people of Egypt.
This is akin to what the prophet is saying here. Prophet Nahum is saying, the Lord says he will spare the faithful ones from the punishment that he will unleash on the city of Nineveh (the city of Nineveh according to the historians was in the present day Northern Iraq), while he would at the same time protect his people from such sufferings. The wordings of the book of Psalm 91 is what the prophet is saying would be fulfilled on the faithful and the humble ones, that with their eyes they will only be seeing what will be happening to the enemies of God.
Psa 91:8“Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked.”
The other set of people that the Lord said he will protect are the humble ones. There is nothing we become in the world that worths making us proud. This is because there is nothing anyone of us has become that someone at one time or another has not become before, it may not be directly the same, but something close to what we have become or what we aspire to become, someone would have become something close to that before. Interestingly even in this present age, we would discover that what we aspire to become someone may have become something like that, although it may not be within our vicinity, it may be at another town or country. What we become that is making us proud, someone may have even left that stage at a place or country, but because we are limited in seeing, we would think "oh we have arrived, oh our hands have grasped it" and we shall be misbehaving.
Pride he Knows Afar Off
The book of Psalms 138:6 says. "though the Lord be high, yet he hath respect unto the lowly: but the proud he knoweth afar off".
What does the Psalmist mean by this? The simple meaning is the Lord does not want to be associated with the proud ones, that is why he says "he knows them afar off". To have more understanding about afar off, when it is night and we get out of our buildings into an open space and we look at the firmament, we shall see some stars in the firmament verily faintly, as we are seeing the stars faintly, we do not know how big those stars are, we do not know its importance. And the Geographers made us understand that those stars that we are seeing faintly are very big, some they even say bigger than the earth we live in, but because we see them verily faintly we do not know how big they are. That is how it is for God to see someone verily afar off, it means he is seeing the proud people faintly, it means he does not want to have any dealings with them, he does not want to be named in their camps. Yes, people may be saying this and that about them, but the Lord has nothing to do with them, the Lord is far from them.
Now for a person whom the Lord is verily far away from, how could such a one be protected? Take this more closely, if one's child is very far away from him/her, how would the child be protected from the enemies? How would the child be defended? That is how the proud and arrogant people are unto the Lord, and this is why God would not be able to protect them as he unleashes discipline on the world. (Jeremiah 50:31; James 4:6; Proverbs 15:26; Exodus 9:5)
Jer 50:31“Behold, I am against thee, O thou most proud, saith the Lord GOD of hosts: for thy day is come, the time that I will visit thee.”
Jas 4:6“But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble”.
Interactions Bring Knowledge
Parents used to know the child out of their children who trusts in them. Spouses can also know and say that I know my partner trusts me. Children can say of their parents that they trust them. Workers can say that they trust their employers. This utterance is possible because of the dealings they have had with one another over the years. However, at a certain juncture, we may discover that some parents would say they no longer trust "their son", again; a wife may say she no longer trusts her spouse again; workers may say the same thing of their employers. I heard a news recently of a couple who had been married for 27 years that they file for divorce in the court. They asked the court to separate them. Why did they file for divorce? They filed for divorce because the person they thought they knew before has changed, they no longer knew each other again and instead of them to keep endangering their lives, they felt it is better they part ways. Thus, someone we thought we know before we may not know again, someone we thought had trust in us before may no longer trust us.
God’s Knowledge About Man Differs
However, while humans at a later time in life get to the realization that the person they thought they know they did not know again this cannot be said of the Lord, the Lord knows us, He knows those who trusts him and those who do not trust him. Why did he know them? This question is answered with the following points:
I have sectioned this message into four, section one will answer the question, why and how he knows those who trust in him. The second section is designed at showing us some of what human beings trust, in the third section I try to tell us how to trust the Lord and the last section is few of the rewards or outcomes of trusting the Lord.
I. Reasons Why God Knows Those Who Trust in Him
1. All our thoughts are open unto him. It is because we have no hidden thoughts that is why he knoweth those who trust in him. Take as instance what the bible says about Esau and Jacob in the book of prophet Malachi (chapter 1) and epistle of Paul to the Romans (chapter 9). The bible says God said he hated Esau and loved Jacob, now, the intriguing point to note in this book is that this utterance of God had been made even before those children were begotten, before they started doing evil or right.
Mal 1:2“I have loved you, saith the LORD. Yet ye say, Wherein hast thou loved us? Was not Esau Jacob's brother? saith the LORD: yet I loved Jacob,”
Mal 1:3“And I hated Esau,…”
Rom 9:11“(For the children being not yet born, neither having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works, but of him that calleth;)”
Rom 9:12“It was said unto her, The elder shall serve the younger.”
Rom 9:13“As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated.”
Now assuming it was after they have been begotten that such statement was uttered we would say, oh yes, God ought to hate Esau now, afterall he has done this and that, but before they started doing anything at all, God had knew their thoughts and had said he hated one and loved the other. All our thoughts are opened unto the Lord.
…Humans Spirit’s Work
"The spirit of man is the candle of the Lord, searching all the inward parts of the belly" (Proverbs 20:27)
You and I see that the spirit being talked about here is the human's spirit inside of us, it is not Holy Spirit as we see that it is written in small letter. Our human spirit is that which the Lord uses to search all the inward contents of us, in other words this our human spirit reveals our thoughts to God, this our spirit reveals whom we are unto God. I hope we see something here? Shall we for the sake of clarity now digress to what I said apostle Paul and Prophet Malachi said in their books to the Romans and the Israelites? I said they reported that God said, "Esau I hated but I loved Jacob", even when the children were yet fetuses. Why did God said this? The Lord God Almighty said this prior their parturition that Esau would not trust him but Jacob would trust him. How did he know that, someone may “wanna” ask? The Lord God knew that because the spirit of the individual persons or may be I should put it this way, the spirits of the individual fetuses have been used to search their inward parts and the individual contents of their hearts have been exposed to the Lord such that the Lord has known that Esau would not trust him but Jacob will. I hope this is a bit clarifying?
To step up a bit, shall we see what the bible says in the book of Leviticus about the blood? I think this will again make this word and expatiation to sink the more into our hearts
"For the life of the flesh is in the blood..." (Lev. 17:11a)
The life of the flesh being talked about is the human's spirit, what keeps man alive, this is what God is saying is in the blood of man. And everyone knows that before a fetus becomes a person, the fetus would be in the blood stage, morula stage or what does the embryology calls it, the stage of development.
It was when the embryo was at this stage in the uterus of Rebecca that the Lord used their blood to read their personalities. Therefore when he, God, says that "Esau I hated and Jacob I loved", he has used the spirit in the blood circulating through their system to read them. May I use technology as an illustration? We know when we insert our micro-chip or flash-drive or something into the system, the system would bring out a notification for us that “reading” or “loading”, in other words it is reading through what we have inserted to see the contents there, to discover the possibility of virus, the compatibility with the system and other things like that. I hope we get this?
This is akin to what I am explaining here, the blood in us containing our spirit are being used by the Lord to read through every nooks and crannies of our beings to discover those things inherent in us, what makes us up. Those things that sometimes we do not know they are there, God would search them out to know them, discover them and to him it would be revealed while to outsiders and sometimes to us it would yet be hidden.
This is why when some things are being said about someone, the person would not believe it could be true. Take the case of Apostle Peter as example. Jesus told him that Peter you will deny me thrice before cock-crows, but with what did Peter reply? He said, “God forbid”, that cannot happen Lord, he emphatically stated that he was ready to die with the Lord. But did he deny him thrice as the Lord said or nay? He did deny him. This is because he has been thoroughly searched out and the inert thing in him has been discovered. That thing in him which was revealed was hidden to him, he himself was in the oblivion as per this. (Matt. 26:34-35; Mark 14:30-31; Luke 22:34; John 13:38)
Mar 14:30 “And Jesus saith unto him, Verily I say unto thee, That this day, even in this night, before the cock crow twice, thou shalt deny me thrice.”
Mar 14:31 “But he spake the more vehemently, If I should die with thee, I will not deny thee in any wise….”
Mar 14:72 “And the second time the cock crew. And Peter called to mind the word that Jesus said unto him, Before the cock crow twice, thou shalt deny me thrice. And when he thought thereon, he wept.”
The blood circulating through us which contains this spirit, has been present since our conception and this is being used by God to search and know what our thoughts are, to know we were before, whom we are now and whom we shall become in the future. This would reveal unto Him if we would trust him or not. (Jn 2:25)
Joh 2:25 “And needed not that any should testify of man: for he knew what was in man.”
2. He created us: since it is the Lord who created us, we should also know that he ought to know everything about us. We know when a sculptor forms anything, the sculptor would know the area of weaknesses of the thing as well as its areas of strength. What buyers could not decipher about what a sculptor has made, the sculptor would discover those things even on sight.
"He that planted the ear, shall he not hear? He that formed the eye, shall he not see?" (Psalms 94:9)
God is our maker; the bible says he formed us.
Isa 45:9 “Woe unto him that striveth with his Maker! Let the potsherd strive with the potsherds of the earth. Shall the clay say to him that fashioneth it, What makest thou? or thy work, He hath no hands?”
Isa 64:8 “But now, O LORD, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand.”
Rom 9:20 “Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why hast thou made me thus?”
As the one who forms us, he also knows us individually. He knows our areas of strength and our areas of weaknesses. He sees and hears everything, he is not like other gods that can neither see nor hear. He created us and understands all about us.
3. He Sees us in Our Closets
Closet means the secret place. We are not hidden to the Lord in our secret places. Let us read an account of what happened between Nathanael and Jesus below.
"Jesus saw Nathanael coming to him, and saith of him, behold an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile!" (John 1:47)
Why did Jesus say this to this man? Jesus said this to this man because he saw him in his very closets. The next verse shows the man's reaction to the words of Jesus,
"Nathanael saith unto him, whence knowest thou me? Jesus answered and said unto him, before that Philip called thee, when thou wast under the fig tree, I saw thee.
"Nathanael answered and said unto him, Rabbi, thou art the Son of God; thou art the King of Israel." (John 1:48-49)
Nathanael's response to what Jesus said pricked my heart, and I said to myself, it means what Jesus said, "when thou wast under the fig tree, I saw thee", had deeper meaning in the heart of the man. We all know how we react, when what someone says to us have deeper meaning in our hearts, when what someone says touches other things in our lives, what we have done, what we are doing or what we planned doing, which we thought no one had seen neither could be privy to. That was what Jesus utterance to Nathanael was. That was what that utterance meant to him. While others just hear what Jesus said to the man, the man knew Jesus had spoken a deeper thing, he knew he has touched other things albeit within his heart.
4. He Knows What we Are Saying in The Secret. A person may think along a line on something but would say something else when talking about the issue in the open, may be for fear, as the case of the slaves of a warrior was centuries back; or may be because she or he was applying wisdom or discretion, choice of words as the case of the last captain sent by King Ahaziah to arrest and bring Prophet Elijah was in the book of second Kings chapter 1.
2Ki 1:13 “And he sent again a captain of the third fifty with his fifty. And the third captain of fifty went up, and came and fell on his knees before Elijah, and besought him, and said unto him, O man of God, I pray thee, let my life, and the life of these fifty thy servants, be precious in thy sight.”
However, irrespective of the above, what one thinks in one's heart as well as what one says in the secret, I mean in one's closets, God hears, understands and knows.
Shall we see an example of what I am saying in the book of the second Kings chapter 6?
"Then the king of Syria warred against Israel, and took counsel with his servants, saying, in such and such a place shall be my camp.
"And the man of God sent unto the king of Israel, saying, beware that thou pass not such a place; for thither the Syrians are come down.
"And the king of Israel sent to the place which the man of God told him and warned him of, and saved himself there, not once nor twice.
"Therefore the heart of the king of Syria was sore troubled for this thing: and he called his servants, and said unto them, will ye not shew me which of us is for the king of Israel?
"And one of his servants said, none, my lord, O king; but Elisha, the prophet that is in Israel, telleth the king of Israel the words that thou speakest in they bedchamber" (II Kings 6: 8-12)
We all know according to history that the common thing millenia back was war, countries waging war against countries to gain dominance and control over them. The Syria country's was fighting with the nation of Israel. The King of Syria was a renown warrior, a General so to say, and this King has mapped out strategies on how to get the nation of Israel, he in association with his generals (commandants) mapped out the vulnerable points where they would set ambush for the Israel armies and overcome them.
Prophet Elisha was not a soldier, but God’s prophet and one of the gifts of a prophet is spiritual sight, ability to see beyond the ordinary, ability to see what others could not see. This special ability makes men call them seers in some places.
As God's representative on the planet earth, all that the King of Syrian was saying, the strategies he was mapping out in association with others were revealed unto him where he was. After receiving those messages, and he knew them to be true because he knew how God was dealing with him, he sent messages to the King of Israel on the need for him to be-careful lest he and the soldiers of Israel entered into trap.
Using the present day technology to explain what this spiritual sight means. It is like when a Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) is placed inside someone’s room or when a room is bugged. When such happens, the person can neither say anything in the secret nor do anything covertly when in that room. The only time when such a one can do things in the secret is when the person leaves that bugged place. This is how the spiritual sight works.
We need to know that there was nothing like internet then, there was nothing like telephone then, where the King of Syria and his people were planning their means of attack was air-tight as such no intruder, no ordinary persons, un-invited persons could get to the place. There was nothing like the sophisticated technologies of today then, else we would have said the place was bugged by the prophet. There was no bugging. It was simply the supernatural at work.
Despite this, all the plans and strategies of the king was being revealed to the prophet who invariably sent messages to the king of Israel.
Another thing of note in this place is that, the secret of the Syrian warriors were revealed to prophet Elisha not once or twice, their plans were revealed on several occasions this was what disturbed the King of Syria and he thought there must be spies amongst them else their secrets would have remain secret.
Just as the secrets of the Syrians could not be hidden from God in the same wise can we not hide what we are saying from God. We may hide it from fellow men, but not from God. By this, God also knows those who implicitly trust in Him.
5. The Thoughts We Are Yet to Form in Our Hearts, The Lord Knows
We need to know that the thoughts we are yet to express, or let me say the thoughts we are yet to form in our hearts, the thoughts still undergoing the formation process in us, the Lord knows them all.
"O Lord, thou hast searched me, and known me.
"Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off" (Psalms 139:1-2)
The thought we are yet to form, thought we are yet to come out with the Lord did not only know them, but he equally understands them. In other words, he understands every reason we may want to give for forming the thought we want to form. Take as instance, some will say, "I never thought I will become a politician in my life". He or she has become a politician now, the things she or he views for becoming a politician now, the Lord knows and understands it even very long ago.
I have heard of some pastors who have been transferred to some churches and who after a while will lead away some members of the church they have been transferred to, to establish their ministries or churches. There are some who will be working in a certain company or firm but who will use the money of the company to establish their own businesses. Some after a friend has introduced them to his or her spouse would start painting those friends black so that they will start dating that friend. Some will even bring about separation of couples just to be married to the divorcee.
All of these and more, I want you to know that the thought of doing something like that has been inside of them for long, though we do not know it, but God knows it and understands it. God knows the reasons they will give for doing such.
That man who is filing for divorce, that woman who is filing for divorce, God understands from afar off, well before now that such would happen. The thoughts we are yet to form inside of us, whether good or evil God knows as well as understands from afar off.
May I just add one or two example to this before I leave this? We read an account in the book of first Kings Chapter 14 of King Jeroboam's child who took ill. The child's illness has defied all medical attention thus, the king sent his wife to Prophet Abijah, the person who foretold his coming to the throne. When the wife of King Jeroboam got to Prophet Abijah, the prophet told her that the child would die but the Israelites would mourn his death "because in him is found some good thing toward the Lord God of Israel in the house of Jeroboam" (I Kings 14:13b).
This is a thought that is afar off, this is a thought, a behavior that the child is yet to express, yet the Lord understood this and as such put it in the minds of the people to greatly mourn him in Israel.
That thought to embezzle money has been in you for a very long time, it is not just forming, it is not accidental as some of us may want to think. The thought to jilt that sister or that brother whom you have been in relationship with for years has been in you for long, it is not just coming. The thought to find an dubious means of making money has been in your for a very long time, it is not the present time's suffering alone that has pushed you there as you may want us to believe. The thought to dress like Jezebel has been there for long it is not because of relocation to America or United Kingdom or whatever that has pushed you into it as you may want us to believe.
Our thought that is very far off us, what we shall do in the next 20 years, God has seen and understands and that is why he can say of that brother or that sister that he or she trusts in him implicitly, without wavering. (see Psalms 44:21)
Psa 44:21 “Shall not God search this out? for he knoweth the secrets of the heart.”
II. Some of The Things We (Human Beings) Trust
It is appalling to know today that what we trust is different from what the Lord expects us to trust. In this section we shall briefly see some of the things that we repose out trust in.
"Lo, this is the man that made God not his strength: but trusted in the abundance of his riches, and strengthened himself in his wickedness" (Psalms 52:7)
The stories that Jesus spoke in Luke 12 verse 15-21 and 16: 19-31 show examples of those who trust in wealth.
“And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man's life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.
“And he spake a parable unto them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully:
“And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits?
“And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods.
“And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry.
“But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided?
So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.” Luke 12:15-21)
God does not want us to trust in wealth irrespective of how wealthy we are because our lives are more important than anything we may possess in the world.
2. Wickedness: an example of someone who trusts in wickedness is Jezebel (I King 21:25; Psalms 52:7)
1Ki 21:25 “But there was none like unto Ahab, which did sell himself to work wickedness in the sight of the LORD, whom Jezebel his wife stirred up.”
Psa 52:7 “Lo, this is the man that made not God his strength; but trusted in the abundance of his riches, and strengthened himself in his wickedness.”
It was because Jezebel trusted in wickedness that was why she admonished her husband not to be worried that she will get for him the inheritance of Naboth. In the past we have read of the world leaders who trusted in wickedness and the hardship they brought to the world. When a leader in a company trusts in wickedness he would be using his staff as slaves.
One of the reasons why people trust in wickedness that they have it in mind to establish themselves by force wherever they are. They also do this to create undue fear into the hearts of people, carving around themselves boundaries that people would be afraid to cross.
3. Gold (Job 31:24)
Some also trust in gold. Gold then and now is a source of income for people and country. Some people have placed their trust in gold through which they have set aside God in their hearts.
Job 31:24 “If I have made gold my hope, or have said to the fine gold, Thou art my confidence”
Job in this write up is showing us that there are people who trusted in gold, but he is not one of those who trust in gold.
4. Weapons of War (Psalms 44:6)
In the ancient times as I said earlier that countries wage war against one another to know the country that would be leading, country which other countries will be paying tributes and taxes to. Therefore the weapons of war were very essential to all then. Countries would spend a lot of money to buy weapons of war for protection as well as to wage war against other countries.
Psa 44:6 “For I will not trust in my bow, neither shall my sword save me.”
In the recent days when country fighting country is not common, the devil has set aside some people who are called terrorists, these terrorists do terrible things in the name of fighting for their rights and taken vengeance on those who have inflicted injuries on them in the time past.
So many countries rely on getting weapons of war to protect themselves against terrorists and the likes after getting these weapons of war, they implicitly rely on them and forget God.
The same with individuals for the sake of protecting ourselves against thieves and armed robbers we get guns among other things. After possessing these weapons some of us do not think of God again, we think those things are enough to protect us from them.
5. Chariots And Horses (Psalms 20:7)
Psa 20:7 “Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the LORD our God.”
These were things used for movement in the olden days. They were like vehicles rode upon to the battle front to fight with the enemies. The strength and their numbers have been relied upon by some countries and rulers such that they think less of God and when they wanted to go and combat with soldiers of other countries, if those soldiers do not possess many chariots they think less of them, they considered them conquered even before the war starts. This they do because they rely strongly on those things. They know that those countries who do not possess such things would not last long in the battle front. While they were being pursued by the horses, how far could they run before they are being caught up with? How far could they last in the wilderness without foods neither water before they surrender? But as for horses being rode to the battle they would last days without any of these. That is why they usually believe they have won the war even before the war starts. They have such confidence in them that they do not think other things could impede their victory since they have possessed them.
III. How to Trust in Him
1. Salvation: the first step to take by anyone who wants to trust in the Lord is by becoming saved. You have been hearing the message of salvation here and there, on Social Media, at our offices, our schools etc and you are again hearing it from me now. The truth is you will continue to hear the message of salvation as long as your life is spared and Jesus tarries. However, the pertinent question to answer is what have you done to the message of salvation that you hear every now and then? You need to do something, you need to take a step, you need to repent and be converted.
Act 3:19 “Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord”
Act 16:30 “And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”
Act 16:31 “And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.”
Act 17:30 “And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:”
Act 4:12 “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”
2. Trust His name (Psalms 33:21; John 14:13-14)
The bible enjoins us to trust in the name of the Lord. Why do we need to trust in the name of the Lord? The bible says the name of the Lord is a strong tower, the righteous runs to it and it be saved. A strong tower is a place of protection, a place containing different weapons of war. This implies that in the name of the Lord we shall have different weapons to combat with any things we may be facing in the world.
Pro 18:10 “The name of the LORD is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.”
Psa 33:21 “For our heart shall rejoice in him, because we have trusted in his holy name.”
It is in this name that the Lord asks us to ask of whatsoever we want from the God
“And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
“If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it”. (John 14:13-14)
We need to trust in his name because the name is above all other names in the world, above the world and beneath the world.
“Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:
“That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;
“And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (Phil. 2:9-11)
3. Remembering His Name (Psalms 20:7b; Philippians 2:9-11)
It is what one puts in his heart that one remembers easily, what we do not put in our hearts hardly do we remember them. God is enjoining us to always put his name in our hearts so that we shall be remembering it always.
Psa 20:7 “…but we will remember the name of the LORD our God.”
4. Calling on His Name (Romans 10:13; Joel 2:32; Acts 2:21)
Many people in our land when they are faced with something they did not expect instead of calling on the name of the Lord, they will call on the “head of their parents”. Some funny development has crept into the faith in this part of the world and it is calling on the “god of pastor B or General Overseer F”. these people are not your God neither are they your savior. God has not asked us to be calling on somebody’s “god”, but what he says through his son unto all believers is that we should call on the name of Jesus Christ when we need anything or being confronted with anything and he will answer us at that very point in time.
Joe 2:32 “And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the LORD shall be delivered: ….”
Act 2:21 “And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
Rom 10:13 “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
5. Reading And Doing The Bible (James 1:22)
To know the mind of God for our lives, to discover things about God we need to read and be the doer of the word of God in this world.
Jas 1:22 “But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.”
IV. Outcome of Trusting The Lord
1. Seeing the goodness of the Lord: when we trust in him, we shall see his goodness in this world. There is nothing to be compared with God’s goodness in the world. This goodness is for those who are his’, those who implicitly trust in him.
Jer 31:14 “And I will satiate the soul of the priests with fatness, and my people shall be satisfied with my goodness, saith the LORD.”
2. He will be your strong hold in times of trouble. The truth is there will always be times of trouble for all human beings as long as we are still in flesh and blood. During such times it is God alone who can see us through those turbulent times.
Isa 25:4 “For thou hast been a strength to the poor, a strength to the needy in his distress, a refuge from the storm, a shadow from the heat, when the blast of the terrible ones is as a storm against the wall.”
Isa 25:5 “Thou shalt bring down the noise of strangers, as the heat in a dry place; even the heat with the shadow of a cloud: the branch of the terrible ones shall be brought low.”
Nah 1:7 “The LORD is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them that trust in him.”
OLUSEGUN (author) from NIGERIA on February 16, 2020:
@ firstname.lastname@example.org. I am elated.
email@example.com from upstate, NY on February 15, 2020:
Thank you for writing this blessed message! What a comfort to know God knows our innermost thoughts and even thoughts that are not yet fully formed. Nothing escapes His notice, He sees our hearts, not just the outward appearances!
It's also sobering to know that there is nothing hidden from Him and that the direction of or thoughts determines the course of or lives because we're "transformed by the renewing of our minds" and "as a man thinks in his heart so is he".