- My soul, wait in silence for God alone, for my expectation is from him.
- He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress. I will not be shaken.
- With God is my salvation and my honor. The rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God.
- Trust in him at all times, you people. Pour out your heart before him. God is a refuge for us. Psalm 62:5-8 (WEB)
- Yesterday was, on the surface, a really tough day for me. The voices of the world were definitely LOUD, CLANGING CYMBALS! I can take a fair amount of pressure but within an hour, I was in my office with the door closed, in tears. I went to my Lord and cried out to Him. I needed Him! Ten minutes later, I had the peace and the courage back to open the door and face the day.
- Too often in the past, I have attempted to figure out the situation on my own. I have made lists. I have tossed and turned in my bed instead of sleeping. I have read books. Researched the internet. Now, all of these things are not bad ideas. I just didn’t go to God first! When I turn to God first, my mind and my spirit calm and become more clear to receive the plan that God has. He may speak through a book or internet or my quiet mind that allows His voice to be heard!!!
- The psalmist shows me, once again, the importance of my relationship with God. With a daily walk with Jesus, I expect Him to have the answers; have the plan. That assurance comes when I know very well the One to whom I am relying. I have a ‘track record’ with Him. I have the testimony of a ‘cloud of witnesses’. (Many of you are in that crowd!) I trust Him.
- Think of some of the many scenarios where you have seen people rise above their circumstance and walk with a quiet assurance. I have walk the halls of a cancer wing where children are connected to medications and parents are sitting beside their bed unable to take the pain or suffering from their child. Do they have questions like â€œWhy?â€ Of course. I have seen so many extraordinary people after Hurricane Ivan came through my home town. The many that are still rebuilding after Hurricane Katrina in Louisiana and Hurricane Ike in Galveston, TX. What is the factor that can be identified in those who keep going and reach out to others even in their own ‘poverty’? It is faith in God. Do they have questions like â€œWhy?â€ Of course. Having questions does not mean a lack of faith? It does not indicate a lack of trust. If Jesus can question the Father’s plan in Gethsemane and cry out His reminder that the Father not to leave Him from the cross â€“ I can too!
When we walk with the Lord in the light of His Word, What a glory He sheds on our way!
While we do His good will, He abides with us still, And with all who will trust and obey.
Not a shadow can rise, not a cloud in the skies, But His smile quickly drives it away;
Not a doubt or a fear, not a sigh or a tear, Can abide while we trust and obey.
Not a burden we bear, not a sorrow we share, But our toil He doth richly repay;
Not a grief or a loss, not a frown or a cross, But is blessed if we trust and obey.
But we never can prove the delights of His love – Until all on the altar we lay;
For the favor He shows, for the joy He bestows, Are for them who will trust and obey.
Then in fellowship sweet we will sit at His feet, Or weâ€™ll walk by His side in the way;
What He says we will do, where He sends we will go; Never fear, only trust and obey.
â€œTrust and Obeyâ€ by John Sammis, 1987 (public domain)