Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – November 8, 2018
My times are in your hands; deliver me from the hands of my enemies, from those who pursue me. Psalm 31:15 (NIV)
Psalm 31 stands in remarkable contrast to what we have heard for most of our lives. We’ve been told to make the most of our time, to make sure we aren’t missing out, and to make sure we aren’t wasting our lives. There is an incredible weight that is placed upon our shoulders when we feel that our future success or significance is entirely up to us: our strategy, our courage, our cleverness.
In spite of our best-laid plans, life often has a way of breaking and humbling us. The economy crashes. A loved one dies unexpectedly. A cherished relationship falls apart. As Christ followers, how are we meant to respond in these moments of pain and trial? Do we blame God and get angry at the injustice of our situation or do we dig a little deeper and try to pull ourselves up by our own strength? Or is there another way?
We must learn to live in the tension of real pain and real provision. We are never meant to ignore our trials or challenges. The call of Christ isn’t to simply put on a happy face and pretend everything is okay. A simple read of the Psalms teaches us as much. The space we must learn to occupy is one where we are open and honest before the Lord about our hurts and disappointments, yet at the very same time fully trusting that he is with us and moving among us.
“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging” (Psalm 46:1-3).
In leadership circles, people often talk about the need to be a well-differentiated leader. Someone who is clear on who they are and who they are not, where they end and another begins. This allows them to live as a non-anxious presence, even in the midst of incredibly challenging situations. Of course, this is deeply counterintuitive as we most naturally are inclined to run whenever we sense danger, exposure, or vulnerability. Yet Psalm 31 is perhaps the greatest example of a non-anxious, steady and faithful presence. Even as enemies pursue and surround, the psalmist drinks deeply from the well of abiding peace, trusting fully that God is in control and that their days are always in his hands. May we, by his grace, learn to do the same!
Father, remind us that you are always with us and will never abandon us. Give us the courage to follow as you lead, even in times of pain, confusion, and doubt. Amen.
If you would like to dive deeper with the themes of differentiated leadership and non-anxious living, read A Failure of Nerve by Edwin Friedman.
Trust fully that God is in control and that your days are always in His hands. #WisdomHunters #trustGod
4 minutes- Lincoln Brewster:
If you are blessed by these daily devotionals please prayerfully consider a donation to support Wisdom Hunters Resources. We are trusting the Lord for His provision.
Download our app!
February 27, 2020
Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – February 27, 2020 You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lust has already committed adultery with her in his heart. If your right eye causes you to sin, tear [...]
February 26, 2020
Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – February 26, 2020 My child, if your heart is wise, my own heart will rejoice! Everything in me will celebrate when you speak what is right. Proverbs 23:15-16 Today would have been my momma’s 80th birthday. I miss her. I miss her smile, her quirky laugh, her [...]
February 25, 2020
Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – February 25, 2020 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. Proverbs 3:5 Have you ever considered that every person alive is significant because we are all connected to one another through a giant thread of influence—or what one [...]