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Day 35 Lenten Devotional - Trusting God

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Day 35 of Lent

Title: “Trusting God”

Scripture

44 It was now about noon, and darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon, 45 for the sun stopped shining. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two. 46 Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.”  When he had said this, he breathed his last..Luke 23:44-46

Reflection

Once again Jesus draws from Hebrew scripture and this time it is His last word.  That the last word should be God’s word is appropriate.  First he used Psalm 22 when He cried out “My God, my God, why have You forsaken me?”  Then He fulfilled scripture by saying, “I am thirsty.”  His last words are drawn from Psalm 31.  Here is the beginning:

In you, Lord, I have taken refuge;
    let me never be put to shame;
    deliver me in your righteousness.
Turn your ear to me,
    come quickly to my rescue;
be my rock of refuge,
    a strong fortress to save me.
Since you are my rock and my fortress,
    for the sake of your name lead and guide me.
Keep me free from the trap that is set for me,
    for you are my refuge.
Into your hands I commit my spirit;
    deliver me, Lord, my faithful God.

King David wrote this psalm most likely when Saul’s men were hunting him down.  It is a ultimately it is a song of trust.  David is putting his trust in God to save his life.  All great people of faith have one thing in common – they trust God with their lives. 

Corrie Ten Boom, a Dutch Christian who helped Jews escape the Nazi Holocaust once said, “When a train goes through a tunnel and it gets dark, you don’t throw away the ticket and jump off. You sit still and trust the engineer.”

 As Jesus entered the dark tunnel of death, he once more expressed his trust in the Father to save him and make him alive again. 

Application

Do you trust God?  If you were to die today would you be able to commit your spirit to God?  Personally, I wouldn’t trust someone I don’t know.  If you know about God but don’t know God then you probably don’t trust Him.  But if you did know Him through His word your life would be different.  Radically different.   Trusting God means being able to commit your spirit to him –  just like David and Jesus did.  See what kind of incredible things God can do when you trust Him?

Suggested Prayer

If you can, pray Psalm 31.  Commit your spirit to God.  It doesn’t mean you are about to die.  You are expressing your trust.  If you can’t trust God right now pray that God will show you His trustworthiness in scripture and in your life.  Pray that others will trust Him too.

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Trudi Hathaway

As we wind down with the devotionals this week, I just want to thank you and Eryn for providing a very special beginning to my day…………….this has been a week without any time for “me time” or for my devotional time and these have been inportant……………….and I haven’t deleted them so I can go back and “do it again” !!! ………….thanks so much…….

Trudi
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Terry Haaf

Amen Trudi!

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