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Hurt or Trust You Choose…


Recently I had a conversation with a young lady about God; she stated that she found it hard to trust Him. For a moment, I was that young woman with many unanswered questions about how a loving God could have allowed bad things to happen in my life. I saw her pain and her longing for a connection with God. I felt like I did not answer her, so I said to her, I know why you do not trust God. It is because you feel as if He has let you down. And now you are trying to reconcile how a loving God could let you down, and it is a struggle. At that moment, we got interrupted and, I did not have much time. I finished our brief conversation by saying, just tell Him how you feel. One, He already knows, and two, He can handle it where you cannot. The conversation was over, and the busyness of the office resumed. I could not stop thinking that I should have said something else, wondering if I planted a seed, hoping that she would come to know God intimately. As I was doing my daily reading, I ran across a passage in Isaiah 31: 1-2, The Amplified version “Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help, who rely on horses and trust in chariots because they are many and in horsemen because they are very strong, but they look not to the Holy One of Israel, nor seek and consult the Lord! And yet He is wise and brings calamity and does not retract His words; He will arise against the house (the whole race) of evildoers and against the helpers of those who work iniquity.” This may be an unusual passage, but it depicts a time when Judah was at war, and instead of turning to God and trusting Him, they turn to Egypt, other men with chariots. I want to draw your attention to a line in verse two where it states, “and does not retract His words” God’s words are true no matter what our circumstances are. Romans 12:19 states, “Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but