I came across this verse the other day;

“The Lord confides in those who fear him;
he makes his covenant known to them.” Psalm 25:14 [NIV]

And it dawned on me. How many times have we asked, seemingly in vain, for a sign from God? How many times have we raised our voices in desperation saying, ‘God, if you are there, if you are listening, if you are not on a coffee break and if you are not too busy, would you mind telling me just what is going on in my life’; and got no answer? Then what do we do? We leave, we walk away.

But have you ever realized that God actually does confide in those who fear Him, love Him, treat Him with the reverence He deserves? Think about Sodom and Gomorrah.

“Then God said, “Shall I keep back from Abraham what I’m about to do? Abraham is going to become a large and strong nation; all the nations of the world are going to find themselves blessed through him. Yes, I’ve settled on him as the one to train his children and future family to observe God’s way of life, live kindly and generously and fairly, so that God can complete in Abraham what he promised him.”” Genesis 18:17-19 [MSG]

Why should God have confided in Abraham about what He was going to do in Sodom and Gomorrah? What role did those cities have to play in His plans for Abraham? Really, the only significance those cities had in Abraham’s life was the fact that his nephew, Lot, was there. But, surely, a simple instruction to Lot to get out of there before the whole place got destroyed would have sufficed, wouldn’t it? Yet, God confided in Abraham His plans, and this allowed us to see just how much God values Abraham’s inputs, for when Abraham pleaded with God, God relented.

“Abraham confronted him, “Are you serious? Are you planning on getting rid of the good people right along with the bad? What if there are fifty decent people left in the city; will you lump the good with the bad and get rid of the lot? Wouldn’t you spare the city for the sake of those fifty innocents? I can’t believe you’d do that, kill off the good and the bad alike as if there were no difference between them. Doesn’t the Judge of all the Earth judge with justice?”
God said, “If I find fifty decent people in the city of Sodom, I’ll spare the place just for them.”” Genesis 18:23-26 [MSG]

But that was Abraham. Surely a mere sinner like me cannot find those same graces with God, can I? Well, beloved, if you are asking this question, then let’s take a closer look at Psalm 25 and see just who our Father loves to bounce ideas off of.

“Adonai is good, and he is fair;
this is why he teaches sinners the way [to live],
leads the humble to do what is right
and teaches the humble [to live] his way.” Psalm 25:8-9 [CJB]

God is not looking for the perfect man nor is He searching for the perfect woman. He does not seek council from the wise nor the learned. Instead, He relates with sinners and reveals His ways to the humble.

But if you are sitting there thinking, surely a person’s level of righteousness has something to do with whether or not God chooses to relate to him; well, you are absolutely right. You do need to be as righteous as Abraham before God will be willing to talk to you.

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“After these things the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision, saying, “Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your exceedingly great reward.”
But Abram said, “Lord God, what will You give me, seeing I go childless, and the heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?” Then Abram said, “Look, You have given me no offspring; indeed one born in my house is my heir!”
And behold, the word of the Lord came to him, saying, “This one shall not be your heir, but one who will come from your own body shall be your heir.” Then He brought him outside and said, “Look now toward heaven, and count the stars if you are able to number them.” And He said to him, “So shall your descendants be.”
And he believed in the Lord, and He accounted it to him for righteousness.”” Genesis 15:1-6

God made Abraham a promise and Abraham believed. That, to God, is righteousness. I didn’t say it, the Bible did.

But more than that, notice how Abraham’s faith was not immediate? It took a while, it took quite a bit of convincing. There were doubts. Look, Abraham did not believe the first time God told him that He was his shield and exceedingly great reward; in fact Abraham complained and told God that talk was cheap since He hadn’t delivered on His promise yet. But as the conversation went on, as the instructions became clearer; and here’s the crux; as God confided in Abraham, as more of His plans got revealed, faith started to grow in Abraham, and that faith was counted to Him as righteousness.

Faith is a miraculous and wondrous thing. It can never be experienced collectively, only personally, much like how a relationship with our Father is. You don’t just go to church to ‘get’ faith. Sure, the message makes you feel good and realigns your thoughts and reminds you of our Father’s love and promises, but unless you truly experience it, it will be forgotten and dismissed like the passing wind, come the first sign of trouble on Monday morning.

Let’s be honest, how many of us read the exchange between God and Abraham and go, ‘wow, look at the stars, right, that’s convincing’.

Exactly. Because that conversation was not for us and we didn’t experience that same faith that Abraham gained during that conversation.

But we can learn from the pattern in that conversation and realize that if we are willing to spend time with God, take Him at His word and not just take His word for it, challenge Him even, if you feel the need to, He will confide in you the same way He did with Abraham, He will divulge His secrets to you, He will give insight into the things that are going on around you and share with you His plans for you. Indeed,

“Who is the man who fears the Lord [with awe-inspired reverence and worships Him with submissive wonder]?
He will teach him [through His word] in the way he should choose.
His soul will dwell in prosperity and goodness,
And his descendants will inherit the land.
The secret [of the wise counsel] of the Lord is for those who fear Him,
And He will let them know His covenant and reveal to them [through His word] its [deep, inner] meaning.” Psalm 25:12-14 [AMP]

Have you ever tried sharing a secret with someone who is doing everything but pay attention to you? You can’t, can you? So how do we expect God to confide in us if the only time we ever spend with Him are the 30 seconds each day we go to Him to unload our bucket list of cares? Sure, He will act on them, because Jesus promised,

“Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.” Mark 11:24

But you are not going to know how long it will take, how it will be answered and what the signs are that the answer is coming, if you don’t stop to have a conversation with Him. So just like you need to have a conversation with your friend in order to get the juiciest gossip in the office, it stands to reason that you will need to spend time in conversation with our Father to get the low-down on His plans for you.

Beloved, when David penned the verses we studied today, all was not well with him. He was in trouble, for he started the Psalm saying,

“I lift my inner being to you, Adonai;
I trust you, my God.
Don’t let me be disgraced,
don’t let my enemies gloat over me.
No one waiting for you will be disgraced;
disgrace awaits those who break faith for no reason.” Psalm 25:1-3 [CJB]

And even though David ends still very much aware of his troubles,

“Turn to me, and show me your favor;
for I am alone and oppressed.
The troubles of my heart are growing and growing;
bring me out of my distress.
See my affliction and suffering,
and take all my sins away.
Consider my enemies, how many there are
and how cruelly they hate me.
Protect me and rescue me;
don’t let me be disgraced,
for I take refuge in you.
Let integrity and uprightness preserve me,
because my hope is in you.” Psalm 25:16-21 [CJB]

Right in the midst of his troubles, he remembers that the best way out is still God’s way out,

“Make me know your ways, Adonai,
teach me your paths.
Guide me in your truth, and teach me;
for you are the God who saves me,
my hope is in you all day long.” Psalm 25:4-5 [CJB]

Beloved, yes, the troubles that are before you are very real. The pain that you are feeling is very real. And God seems to be very silent and very far away. Yet, this is the very time we should take after the examples of David and Abraham. Don’t just take His word for it, take Him up on His promises, ask Him what His plans are for you, give Him cause to speak and time to respond; and surely, as He did with Abraham, and many others in the Bible, our Father will confide in you and relate intimately with you, all the plans that He has for you.

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