Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Trusting In The Lord

Wednesday, July 15, 2020
Trust in the LORD with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6

Trusting In The Lord
Thinking about how 2020 has gone so far, I think Proverbs 3:5-6 are pretty good verses to get us through to the end of the year. Leaning on my own understanding has made 2020 out to be terrifying.

In my own understanding I can no longer process all that is happening and that only brings fear

When it is beyond our understanding and when we cannot possibly see what is coming next, we can leave it in the hands of a God who knows the whole story. He bids us lay it in His hands and lean into Him. He promises to go the whole way with us and to lead us in every step. 

Hold On To Your Faith – Trust in the Lord with all your heart…
I think most of us would agree that the world has been turned upside down. Or it feels that way. When we feel the way we all feel lately, when the storms come, and come they have, we have an anchor to hold onto – the anchor of our faith. Hebrews 11:1 tells us that faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.

One thing we know for certain – you do not have to see something for it to be real. No one can see the coronavirus unless you look at it with a microscope, but it has certainly caused a lot of very real problems. We can’t see God or faith, but we can cling to them to carry us through all we don’t understand. It is wearisome to try to figure this all out.  It is exhausting to think about what is going to happen next. We can be overcome with fear if we choose to focus on these invisible things that are haunting us. These things we cannot understand, nor can we comprehend the outcome. 

Give It To Him – and do not lean on your own understanding
When we can’t wrap our minds around it, and especially when we can’t handle it anymore, we need to remember that we don’t have to.  The anchor of our faith will hold us steady in the sea of chaos and uncertainty.
There are things in life that we will never understand – especially the really hard things. We wonder why God would allow some things to happen. We know God is in control so we have a hard time reconciling the fact that He is in control and yet really hard things happen sometimes. We hurt. Others hurt. People die tragic deaths. There is sickness. We can’t understand why God lets these things happen, but in Isaiah 55:8-9 we are reminded - For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways’ declares the LORD. ‘As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. Because we know this we can trust Him and accept that we don't have to understand everything. He wants to take this burden from us. He wants us to trust Him, lean into Him, and let Him guide us. He will always be our compass in the storm. 

No one loves us more than our Heavenly Father. He cares about our hearts and wants us to trust Him to take care of us and to be our compass through this life. It is the hard times in life, the parts we can’t understand, the parts we don’t want to do, the parts we think we don’t deserve – these are the times we seek Him the most and want to trust Him. Open your heart to Him. Lean into Him and trust Him with all this mess. He is there and waiting.  

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