Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – August 5, 2017
Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The LORD, the LORD, is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation. With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation. Isaiah 12:2-3
Total trust in God is available to every blood-bought follower of Jesus Christ. It means you give up total control, and the Lord’s assurance replaces your fear with peace. You cannot figure it all out but you do have the capacity to trust Him totally. It is a trust issue, and if He is who He claims to be, He can be trusted. If you can trust Him with the eternal salvation of your soul, you can trust Him with the temporal control of your life. If you can trust Him with the big things, you can trust Him with the small things.
If He led you to the right spouse, He will give you the opportunities to provide. If He led you to a new career, He will give you the wisdom, finances, and relationships to be successful. If He led you to be a missionary, He will build bridges across the cultural barriers that allow you to engage with the people. If He led you to have children, He will provide for the needed resources to be successful parents.
Wherever God leads He provides. What God initiates, He completes. His part is provision and your part is trust. Don’t fall into the trap of trusting Him with some things and not trusting Him with others. Distrust in God is distasteful and an insult to His integrity. How can God not be big enough to handle any situation? Health, war, teenagers, money, conflict, prosperity, relationships, and people can all be placed into His hands. God can be trusted because He is trustworthy.
The well of His salvation is infinitely deep. You have limited capacity to bear burdens. However, His character and resources are unlimited. Without the support of a sympathetic Jesus, you will be immobilized, even crushed under the weight of worry. Jesus understands, and He is offended if you do not yoke up with His support.
There is no need to root around and search for answers when He already has it figured out. There is no need to sacrifice your health in worry and overwork when He offers peace and options you have yet to discover. There is no need to rush through life and then ask Him to bless your efforts after the fact. He can be trusted to lead you even before you put a prayerful plan into motion.
Trust in God does not mean you act irresponsibly and seek forgiveness later. Trust in God means you patiently walk with Him in your decisions and choices. Slow down, look up, trust Him, and watch Him reap extraordinary results. Partial trust leads to frustration and worry. Total trust in Jesus leads to contentment, joy, and peace.
The Bible says, “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight” (Proverbs 3:5-6).
PrayerHeavenly Father, I totally trust You with matters out of my control. You are totally trustworthy, in Jesus’ name, amen.
ApplicationWhat area of my life have I not totally released to total trust in God?
Related Reading2 Samuel 7:28; Psalm 119:86; Titus 3:8; Revelation 21:5 Today’s reading is taken from Boyd’s most popular book: Seeking Daily the Heart of God, a 365 day devotional.
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