In chal­leng­ing times choose to trust God who has promised to al­ways be with us

Western Morning News (Saturday) - - Letters -

Twenty years ago I found a lump where I knew a lump should not be. I re­acted by do­ing what most British men would do: I ig­nored it and hoped it would go away. It didn’t.

Fi­nally, the con­stant anx­i­eties run­ning through my head and the thoughts of “What if…” keep­ing me awake at night drove me to the doc­tor. Var­i­ous doc­tors probed, scanned, ex­am­ined and pon­dered.

Their con­clu­sion was it was noth­ing ma­lig­nant and no fur­ther ac­tion was nec­es­sary.

The lump was (and is) still there but leav­ing the hospi­tal that day I knew I had a choice. I could al­low my life to be shaped by the fears and con­cerns that had been fill­ing my mind for sev­eral weeks or I could choose to trust the skill, ex­per­tise and ex­pe­ri­ence of the med­i­cal pro­fes­sion. I chose the lat­ter.

There are many other un­cer­tain­ties in life. We don’t know what lies around the cor­ner: jobs are not al­ways se­cure, fam­ily and friends ex­pe­ri­ence hard­ships.

At the same time, the Bible re­veals a God who is con­stantly mak­ing prom­ises to as­sure peo­ple that, if we will let him, he will be with us in all cir­cum­stances and that he can be trusted.

Some­body (with too much time on their hands) once counted up 7,487 prom­ises in the Bible. As pas­tor and au­thor Max Lu­cado re­flects: “Some of the prom­ises are pos­i­tive: the as­sur­ance of bless­ing. Some are neg­a­tive: the guar­an­tee of con­se­quences.”

The pages of the Bible tell the story of peo­ple who be­lieved those prom­ises and found the God who made them could be trusted. I have more than 40 years of be­liev­ing God to look back on and find he has never let me down.

All of us in the weeks, months and years ahead will face dif­fi­cult mo­ments and chal­leng­ing sit­u­a­tions. We will then have a choice.

We can be con­trolled by the wor­ries and dis­tress that such mo­ments throw up or we can trust the God who has promised to “al­ways” be with us. Choose well.

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