The Incredible Blessings That Come From Trusting God

When we trust God without reservation, there is no limit to the amazing blessings God can pour out in our life.

Jochebed with baby Moses from the movie Prince of Egypt

When Moses’ mother, Jochebed, sent three-month-old Moses down the Nile River in a basket to save his life, she trusted somehow, someway God would take care of Moses and protect him from the hands of Pharaoh, who had ordered all Hebrew baby boys be murdered. By faith, when Jochebed let go of the basket cradling her dearly loved baby boy, she trusted God would preserve Moses from wild animals, Pharaoh’s officials, and the river itself; all the while supplying Moses with the round-the-clock nourishment and dry diapers that infants require to stay healthy and happy. She trusted God to comfort baby Moses, when she couldn’t, if a strange noise or jolt on the river spooked Moses. She trusted. 

In response to Jochebed’s faith, God preserved baby Moses down the river and directed his basket to float right to Pharaoh’s daughter, the one person in Egypt who’d have compassion on him and the power to sway Pharaoh into letting her raise him as her own. It was genius! Moses was safe and was provided the best Egypt had to offer. His mother, Jochebed, couldn’t have picked a better, and more ironic, place for Moses to end up. Just knowing Moses was safe and well-provided for would have been a huge relief to Moses' mother, but because Jochebed trusted God, He wasn’t done blessing her and showing her (and us!) why trusting Him will always be worth whatever it may cost to do so.

While Moses’ mother trusted God to preserve her baby, I imagine, if she ever thought she’d  see Moses again, it wouldn’t be while he was a baby, and definitely not while he was still three months old. However, that’s exactly what God did. Moses’ sister Miriam saw Pharaoh’s daughter draw Moses out of the water. Courageously, Miriam immediately approached Pharaoh’s daughter with the brilliant question, “Shall I go and get one of the Hebrew women to nurse the baby for you?" "Yes, go," she answered. (Exodus 2:8)

Jochebed put her trust in the Lord, and in return, the Lord blessed her beyond her wildest dreams. No doubt Miriam sprinted home to tell her mom the amazing news. Likewise, I’m sure Jochebed wasted no time in getting to Pharaoh’s daughter. When they arrived, Pharaoh’s daughter handed Moses over to Jochebed and instructed her, "Take this baby and nurse him for me, and I will pay you." (Exodus 2:9)

Not only did God bless Jochebed with the blessed assurance that Moses had survived the river and was now in the protective care of Pharaoh’s daughter, but now Jochebed was given her baby back into her custody to nurse and care for Moses until he reached the age of weaning. Since he was just three months old now, for at least a year, maybe two, she’d have the privilege of loving on Moses playing with Moses, praying over Moses, caring for Moses and training him up in the ways of God. Since most mothers wean their child between twelve and twenty four months, depending on when she weaned Moses, most likely, Jochebed would get to see Moses’ first steps and probably hear his first word--and she’d get paid to do this!

When trials arise, I can easily fall into the trap of leaning on my own understanding to solve my problem, doing what I think will improve my situation. When this happens, I'm no different than my little girl struggling to do something beyond her ability who assures me, “I can do it.” while I stand by ready and willing to help her. Likewise, when our Heavenly Father watches us struggle, He gently offers His help, and stands by ready and willing to come to our aid. (Isaiah 41:10, 13)  However if we ignore that offer for help like a toddler exhibiting their independence, we will find ourselves exhausting all our ideas and efforts until we get to the end of our rope. (John 15:5) While trusting in the Lord, at this point comes easier because there is nothing left we can do to improve our circumstances, we can spare ourselves a frustrating experience like this, if we like Jochebed, trust in the Lord without wavering right from the start. (Proverbs 3:5-6) When we do, there is no telling the amazing work God will do in our situation.

Question for you: How has God blessed you in a difficult time because you trusted in Him to provide or deliver?



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16 comments:

  1. The times God has blessed in the midst of a difficult time are countless Brooke... however, admittedly, in many such situations, I have had to come to the end of my own resources and trying to figure things out before I handed them over to God! How foolish because it is AT THE POINT OF HANDING OUR SITUATIONS OVER TO GOD AND TRUSTING HIM THAT HE GOES TO WORK ON OUR BEHALF.

    I am a slow learner!

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    1. I can completely relate to you, Wendy. Though God has come to my rescue countless times, trusting Him in difficult circumstances is often easier said than done. What helps me is keeping a faithfulness journal. By recording those times of blessing and deliverance, when hard times come, I can be refreshed and encouraged by example after example of God's past faithfulness in my life. I've noticed, without a faithfulness journal to remind me, these past examples of God's faithfulness are not easily remembered when the thick fog of a trial rolls in. You're right, too: "When we hand our situation over to God, and trust Him, He goes to work on our behalf." Well said! God bless you richly!

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  2. My husband is currently out of work, and I recently went back to work. I need clothes desperately but my income isn't even enough to make our bills. So I looked carefully at my wardrobe and decided that a pair of leggings were essential. Later that day I received a $10 off $10 coupon from JCP. I wondered if it was an answer to prayer. Later that day, I found a pair of leggings for, you guessed it, $10. I walked out with my greatest need piece of clothing and it cost me nothing. Isn't He good?

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    1. He is so good! What a fantastic praise report! Thanks for sharing! Praising God with you. I just love the amazing ways God works in our lives. This praise report would make a great entry if you keep a faithfulness journal. God bless you much!

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  3. When I was pregnant with my first daughter, I asked God if I could stay home with her. Would He provide? I knew He said "yes" and yet, I continued to worry. Through time, though, I came to greatly trust His provision. How much time and effort would I have saved if I had just believed from the start? A LOT!

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    1. What a great life lesson, Jen! Thanks for sharing. I love how you put this, "How much time and effort would I have saved if I had just believed from the start? A LOT!" That is so true. We save ourselves a lot of headaches and heartaches when we resolve to trust in God from the start and rest in His promises to provide. It's a lesson I continue to learn. But each time I trust God. He proves Himself faithful, and trusting Him comes more and more natural despite how circumstances may look. God bless you richly!

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    1. Amen, Denise! Praise the Lord! God bless you lots!

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  5. A few years ago the corporation my husband worked for downsized and his dept. was dissolved leaving him without employment. I hadn't been able to visit my parents for two years when I found out my dad was diagnosed with cancer. (We live in PA, my parents in FL.) For weeks I prayed and cried and prayed some more. One evening I opened the front door to 10 smiling girlfriends from church who came in and presented us with enough money for two airline tickets, car rental, hotel fee, and meals. We were blown away by God's sweet provision and the beautiful generosity of His people. It makes me tear up just thinking about it! Thanks so much for this excellent post. It's good to be reminded of His faithfulness!

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    1. What a great praise report, Mary! God is so faithful! Thanks for sharing. Rejoicing with you! God bless you much!

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  6. Hi Brooke, visiting from Getting down with Jesus, I loved your opening statement. Such great truth there.
    God bless
    Tracy

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    1. Thanks, Tracy! So glad you visited. God bless you richly!

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  7. God is so creative in the ways He shows Himself faithful.

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    1. I agree, Jennifer! He never ceases to amaze me in the ways that He works. God bless you lots!

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  8. Brooke, I have never thought about the trust that Jochebed put into God's hands when she put Moses into the river. I have always just taken that story for granted. Thank you for linking up to the prairies this week.

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    1. Glad this blessed you, Michelle! I love when the Lord opens up a familiar story like that. He is so faithful! God bless you richly!

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Thank you for taking the time to share. May God bless you richly!