Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – May 25, 2017
Happy are those who make the LORD their trust, who do not turn to the proud, to those who go astray after false gods. Psalm 40:4
“Trust me:” a simple phrase that you’ve likely used at some point in the past week or two. We use this phrase to assure others of our competency and expertise in a wide range of areas. Often the assurance we offer is trivial and mundane. “Are you sure you’re meant to turn there?” “Trust me.” “Did you put enough sugar in the mix?” “Trust me.” On and on we could go. However, at times this simple phrase carries with it a great weight, offering assurance in times that it is desperately needed. “Doctor, is she going to be okay?” “Trust me.” “Are you sure my child will be safe and cared for?” “Trust me.”
When the Lord invites us to trust him, he is inviting us to take the deepest and darkest fears and anxieties of our hearts and to place them before him. Yes, his care and provision extend to the small and simple parts of life, yet so often we sell him short and assume he can’t be bothered with bigger challenges. We don’t want to burden him with the things that keep us awake at night and so we leave those fears buried deep within.
The Bible says to “cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you” (1 Pet. 5:7). Our willingness to trust God with life’s biggest fears is directly linked to whether or not we believe that he truly cares for us and loves us. If we think he is frustrated with or disappointed in our brokenness, we will stay rooted in our shame and fear. If we believe he is a good and loving physician who desires to heal all of our wounds, then there is no anxiety, no fear too great for him. When we trust that God is good we are set free to see his goodness wash over every part of our lives.
Trust in God is not based on a feeling or wishful thinking but is rooted in God’s faithfulness to his people that has been displayed throughout creation and all of human history. God can be trusted because he has proven himself trustworthy time and time again. If your circumstances today cause you to doubt or question God’s goodness, let the biblical story wash over you afresh. Learn from how he rescued his people from deep darkness and bondage. And trust that just as he healed them and set them free in the past, he desires to do the same for you today.
“Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God” (Psalm 43:5).
PrayerFather, thank you that you are good, faithful, and trustworthy. As we encounter you afresh today, deepen in us a knowledge of your loving care. Amen.
ApplicationAre there fears and concerns in your heart that you’ve kept buried and hidden from God that you need to entrust to him?
Related ReadingIsaiah 41:10; John 12:37-43; Galatians 3:6-9
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