Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – February 20, 2018
So also Abraham ‘believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.’ Galatians 3:6
When compared to many other small communities in the U.S., I imagine my hometown in Southern Idaho is as interesting as most. If you visit, you’ll see lots of pickup trucks; you can purchase a famous Idaho Spud candy bar at just about any gas station, and if you’re in the mood for a real Idaho baker, you can find one at any grocery store since it’s certified potato country.
Twin Falls is also where Evel Knievel unsuccessfully attempted to jump the Snake River Canyon on his steam-powered “skycycle” in 1974. If you visit, you can still see his dirt ramp on the south side of the canyon. It’s also where more than 500 people come from all over the world every year to strap on their parachutes and throw themselves off our famous Perrine Bridge into the Snake River Canyon, 486 feet below.
These jumpers do their research. They know which way the wind should be blowing, and what type of equipment to use to get safely to their landing. They trust their equipment; they trust their teams. So, they jump. If they didn’t believe they would make it to their destination, they wouldn’t take the leap. What they believe affects how they act.
Life with God is the same. In 1 Peter 2:23 it says of Jesus:
“When they hurled insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly.”
What Jesus believed affected his actions. He believed His Father was just; He believed He would get Him safely home and accomplish His purposes; He believed He would make all things right, so He willingly laid down His life without fighting against His accusers.
What we truly believe about our Lord affects how we act too. Like Christ, when we entrust ourselves to Him, it means we truly trust and believe Him. We are not like those who say we believe without action. Instead, we are do-ers, not just hearers. And in this, we are blessed.
When money is short, we do not panic. Instead, we entrust ourselves to Him who provides for His kids.
When our hearts are grieving, we do not grieve as those who have no hope. Instead, we entrust ourselves to Him who comforts those who mourn.
When we are lonely, we do not despair. Instead, we place our hope in Him who will never leave us or forsake us.
When we are waiting for the future to unfold, we trust God is leading us.
Is your trust and belief in Christ affecting how you respond to life and life’s challenges? The Lord wants to provide you with the peace and confidence that comes through trust and belief.
“Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says” (James 1:22).
PrayerLord, how awesome that true belief and trust in you will affect every aspect of my life, and in this there is hope! Praise you, Lord.
ApplicationTake a few minutes and think about your life. Is there any area in which you need to choose to believe and trust Him fully?
Related ReadingJohn 13:17; Ezekiel 36:27; Romans 4:21-22
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