Trust in the Lord with all our heart, and Do not lean on your own understanding Proverbs 3:5
I don’t know what a day will bring, but I do know the One I can Trust to bring me through a day. Some days are uneventful, while others have events that can swallow us up in fear and worry that can develop into attacks of anxiety. Why is it so hard sometimes to trust the One who created me and gives me the breath that I breathe? The answer is simple – the minute I take my eyes off the Lord and His Word, His plan, His promises, His mercy, His grace, His steadfast love, His loving-kindness, His goodness, His patience, ___, ___, …. I will rely upon my own resources. Now that can be downright dangerous; “relying upon our own resources” has no wisdom, no strength, and will ultimately leave us empty.
He gives and He takes away – yet I know that TRUSTING the one who gives and takes away, I’m safe in Him. That doesn’t always mean that I embrace some of the things that the Lord is giving or taking, but I know the waste of time and energy it takes to fight against His plan. His plan gives whatever is needed at that given time to bring us through life’s circumstances. He never said it would be easy, and I can attest to that. The Scriptures are full of people who trusted God and those who detested Him. The Israelites are a good example of trusting God and turning back to their own ways. He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength. Isaiah 40:29 ESV
Many years ago while I was on a long flight I was reading “Trusting God” by Jerry Bridges. As I read one of the chapters on trusting God, Jerry describes God’s sovereignty by relating that God is even in charge of the nuts and bolts on airplanes. Wow, I wanted to jump up and shout “God’s in charge, don’t fret”…..Yikes, if I did that today they’d probably land the plane and put me off. Truly, I was so excited. Why? I was very anxious flying. I will admit, I’m not a good passenger in a car, plane, bus, etc. I wanted to see my family and crazy thoughts kept creeping into my mind that were causing me to be fearful. I knew that the Lord was comforting me and teaching me to TRUST Him no matter what a day may bring. God is in control – yes even with nuts and bolts that hold airplanes together. Man may tighten them, but God keeps them in place, or He may allow them to come loose. Whatever happens in our lives, God’s hand is in it and we can rest assured that TRUSTING Him is the best decision we can make. However, remember this, even if we kick the brick at first, He still cares and loves us unconditionally. And, He will get our attention. Isaiah 30:19 (God always wants what is best for us.)
He gives and takes away – He gives the air we breathe. He holds the key for life and death….He is all knowing; all powerful and is everywhere. He never sleeps!!!! Psalm 139.
Pat Spies is a servant of the Lord, and a friend of Keswick