Monday, May 2, 2016

I Will Trust

Submitted by Lara Cook

I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the LORD In the land of the living. Wait for the LORD; Be strong and let your heart take courage; Yes, wait for the LORD. Psalms 27:13-14

When you don’t move the mountains I needed you to move...
When you don’t part the waters I wish I could walk through…
When you don’t give the answers as I cry out to you…
I will trust, I will trust, I will trust in you.

These are the words to a song by Lauren Daigle and it has to be my favorite song because of these very words. God always hears his children and He always knows the struggle, but He doesn’t often do exactly as we ask Him, or when we ask Him. He knows the beginning and the end of everything we go through. He usually wants us to go over the mountain and through the raging waters for a reason. It may seem unfair and it may be hard to understand at the time, but we, like David in the passage above, must believe so we can make it through.

Author Christine Caine said of the Children of Israel: “Going through was essential for them, but their trek through the wilderness was actually only an eleven-day journey. It didn’t have to take forty years, but in essence they chose that for themselves by fighting the process—grumbling, complaining, resisting the work God wanted to do in them.
We all have some version of the wilderness to go through… It’s how God prepares us to be well able to overcome the giants in our lives.”

If we fight the journey instead of enjoying it, or at least accepting it, we may miss the purpose and it may take a lot longer than it needs to. AND, who wants to prolong the wilderness moments of life? Or miss the mark altogether and have to do it again?

It is so easy to quickly fall into despair and so hard to be courageous while we wait on the Lord. The verse says “I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living” – that means in this lifetime, before I die, I believe I will see the goodness of the Lord. In that statement there is a glimmer of hope because any time I am in despair, I am tempted to feel like it will never end and life will never be the same again. But if I truly believe, I can persevere. Because I believe, I can hope and know that He may not solve things the way I want Him to, but I can trust Him. His goodness is coming. There is light ahead. It is only a season and change will eventually come.

In moments when I am tempted to despair, when things are spinning out of control or my heart is breaking, I have learned to find comfort in contentment because as long as I am fighting against my trials, there is never peace. When I accept and resolve myself to what is my reality, I can see that this is a passing moment but it is building towards a greater joy. He is in control and I can trust and wait and trust in Him.

Scripture to Claim:
But I trust in you, Lord; I say, “You are my God.” My times are in your hands;
Psalm 31:14-15a

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