Thursday, September 29, 2011

Trusting God - Dinner #23

     Are there things in your life that are overwhelming you today?  Unpaid bills that are frightening to look at?  Burdens that you just can’t seem to keep out of your mind?  Psalm 19:14 declares, “Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.”  As your mind is racing all day long, in what or WHOM are you placing your trust?  Psalm 20:7 says, “Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the LORD our God.”  What is your “chariot” or your “horse”?  Are you trusting that your tax return will carry you through? Are you trusting that you’ll be able to keep your job for many years to come?  SOME may trust in these things, but WE must “remember the name of the LORD our God.”  Psalm 33:17 tells us that, “An horse is a vain thing for safety: neither shall he deliver any by his great strength.”  It is a vain thing to think that getting better health insurance would solve all your problems.  It is a vain thing to think that getting a raise at work would suddenly make life perfectly easy.  “Our soul waiteth for the LORD: he is our help and our shield.  For our heart shall rejoice in him, because we have trusted in his holy name.” (Psalm 33:20-21)
     In a ladies’ Sunday School class I attended, a woman once gave us the phrase, “For THIS I have Jesus.”  Matthew 9:28  “. . . Jesus saith unto them, Believe ye that I am able to do this . . .?”  No matter what your “THIS” may be, God is there for you!  Psalm 56:3 declares, “What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee.”  Stepping out in faith often brings with it apprehension and fear, but we can safely put our trust in the Lord.  It was said of Abraham, “He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform.” (Romans 5:20-21)  Abraham was FULLY PERSUADED that what God had said, He would surely do!  Has God told you He will provide?  Then He WILL!  Has God told you that all will be well?  Then it WILL!
     In trying to trust the Lord, it is easy to fear being ashamed.  Psalm 25:2 says, “O my God, I trust in thee: let me not be ashamed, let not mine enemies triumph over me.”  It seems like foolishness to the world for a mother without any savings, to become a stay-at-home-mom after the birth of a baby.  It seems like foolishness to bring a baby into the world without good health insurance coverage.  What if this doesn’t really work out?  What if God doesn’t really want to step in and do this for us?  We need not fear failure!  The Bible tells us that, “The righteous cry, and the LORD heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles . . . The LORD redeemeth the soul of his servants: and none of them that trust in him shall be desolate.” (Psalm 34:17, 22)  The chorus of a precious hymn declares, “God will take care of you, Through ev’ry day, O’er all the way;  He will take care of you, God will take care of you.”  If we are seeking to follow in faith where God has led us, He WILL take care of us! 
     But how do we have faith in God?  Do we muster it up within ourselves?  We must not only EXERCISE faith, but we must ASK God to GIVE us faith!  The father of the demon-possessed boy cried out to Jesus, “ . . . Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.” (Mark 9:24) Did you know that when you are LACKING in faith, you can plead with God to give you more?!  I know there are mountains facing my little family right now!  What are YOU needing to trust God for, today? 

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