New Apostolic Church USA

Trust and Hope in God

"God blesses those who trust Him" - Divine service from Community 2020 Edition 1

Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, and whose hope is the Lord. For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, which spreads out its roots by the river, and will not fear when heat comes; but its leaf will be green, and will not be anxious in the year of drought, nor will cease from yielding fruit. (Jeremiah 17:7-8)

In Old Testament times, God expected the chosen people to remain faithful to Him. He did not want them to turn to other gods or rely on their own strength. This has not changed. Even today God asks us to trust in Him, the Chief Apostle said.

We trust…

  • in the word of God. Those who trust in God say, “Okay, what you tell me is contrary to my own experience and knowledge, but because it is You who tells me to do it this way and to walk this path, I will do it.” That is a sign of trust: you have twenty reasons to do the opposite, but you keep the commandments.
  • in the love of God. We do not always understand everything that God does. We cannot explain the actions of God, we do not understand them, but we trust in His love and know that everything He does aims to lead us into His kingdom.
  • in God’s omnipotence. Trusting in the Lord means trusting in His power. Quite often, especially young people want to know and ask me: “Chief Apostle, how can we believe in Christ’s resurrection? That is such a bizarre story! How do you think it happened?” I have no idea, how God managed to raise Christ from the dead. But He did it! God has unlimited power.

We hope…

  • in Jesus’ promise. Jesus promised to come back. God promised to send His Son and to take us with Him, and we hope in this promise. We don’t just believe that it might eventually happen. No, we are absolutely sure.
  • in Jesus’ grace. We remain humble, ask for forgiveness, and forgive our neighbor. Nor do we pretend to have earned something. We hope in the grace of Jesus Christ.
  • in the glory of the kingdom of God. Coming from Europe and hearing about the things that happen in some countries and what some people have to go through I often think: that is just not possible. But, sadly enough, it is possible and it is a reality. But then we remember that the glory of God far outweighs this. When we enter the glory of God we will receive far more than mere compensation for all the evil that man has had to experience on earth. It will be much more.

We are blessed…

  • through the presence of God which we perceive. This is the kind of blessing God wants to give us: those whose trust and hope in the Lord is strong like a tree planted by the waters. Nothing—no matter what happens—can influence our relationship, our connection to the Lord.
  • in the eternal fellowship with God. Those who trust in God see more, see further, and know that Jesus will return. How comforting!
  • in being able to recognize God’s benefits. Believers are grateful to God because they are aware of the treasure they have been given. They know what God will do for them. They are thankful: thankful for God’s grace, for His blessing, and for the future they are being prepared for.

In summing up, the Chief Apostle said: “We have full confidence in God’s word, love, and power. We hope in His promise, grace, and glory. Blessings allow us to confirm God’s presence by our side, to see beyond afflictions, and to persevere in serving God and others.”

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