Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today- October 14, 2010
“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 means total confidence in Christ’s character, which is available to every faithful follower of Jesus. Total trust in Christ means we give up total control of our lives. It is a wise trade that reaps radical results. Having Christ in control replaces fear with peace. We do not have to figure it all out—instead we trust God for the ultimate results. We aren’t capable of knowing everything, but we do have the capacity to totally trust Him. Do I utterly trust Him with everything? “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding” (Proverbs 3:5).
If Christ is who He claimed to be—He can be trusted. Jesus said, “Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father” (John 14:9b). If we can trust Him with the eternal salvation of our soul, we can trust Him with the temporal control of our life. If we can trust Him with the big things, like faith in Jesus, we can trust Him with the small things, like fear of man.
If He leads you to a new career He will give you the wisdom, finances and relationships to be successful. If He leads you to be a missionary He will build bridges across the cultural barriers that allow you to serve and love the people. If He leads you to have children, He will provide the needed resources to be successful parents.
Wherever God leads—He provides. What God initiates—He completes. His part is provision and our 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. It is an insult to His integrity. How can God not be big enough to handle any situation? Health issues, wars, teenagers, money issues, conflict, prosperity, relationships and uncertainty can all be placed into God’s hands—not to be taken back. But total trust means we leave it in the Lord’s care.
God can be trusted because He is trustworthy. The waters of His salvation bubble up from an infinitely deep well. So your thirsty soul can always drink and be satisfied. Without the support of a sympathetic Jesus you will be immobilized—even crushed—under the weight of worry, but Jesus is there to outsource your anxiety. Be with Him.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light” (Matthew 11:28-30).
Trust in Christ means to prayerfully walk with Him in your choices. Slow down, look up, trust Him and watch Him create extraordinary results. Partial trust leads to frustration and worry, but total trust leads to contentment and calm. Joy occupies fully trusting the Lord. Your soul sings in thanksgiving and an inner peace from Jesus strengthens your faith.
Jesus said, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid” (John 14:27).
Do I trust Christ only when it is convenient, or do I totally trust Him at all times?
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