December 18, 2015

Trust Perseveres

Written by Boyd Bailey

Trust Perseveres 12.18

Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – December 18, 2015 

For the King trusts in the Lord, through the unfailing love of the Most High he will not be shaken. Psalm 21:7

Trust in God perseveres. It perseveres with the addition of more responsibilities and in a season of lost opportunities. Whether in the excitement of promotion or the discouragement of demotion it still trusts God. In fact, the more responsibility we gain, the more we need God. The more it seems we are capable, the more we realize we are incapable without Christ. Power may tempt us to lower our guard in trusting God, but the more responsibility and power we are entrusted with, the more we need to trust the Lord.  Kings and presidents need Christ as much as or more than paupers and priests. Trust is not contingent on our felt need. It is contingent on our having the ability to breathe. As long as we have breath in our lungs, we desperately need the Lord. Self-confidence is an obstacle to our holy confidence in Christ. He sees us through. Trust in Him perseveres.

Trust perseveres because it is buoyant in its belief in the unfailing love of God. The love of God stands secure in the face of suffering. The love of God licks the wounds of a lacerated soul. The love of God provides the grace to forgive and forget. The love of God continues in the face of ugly odds because it is optimistic of what we can hope for in Christ. God’s love draws us into intimacy with Him. It is when God loves us that we feel safe. It is when God loves us that we feel secure. It is when God loves us that we feel support and encouragement. The love of God covers our sin of unbelief. It is a buttress for our belief. It is the love of the Most High that lifts us when we are at our lowest to continue trusting our sympathizing Savior. He is high and lifted up, so He can lift us up. He looks down on us with compassion. Because He is trustworthy, we trust.

No one is higher than Almighty God. He is the Most High. We have the privilege, the opportunity, and the obligation to go right to the top. The Holy Spirit is God’s gatekeeper. By faith we can trust Him to intercede on our behalf. Our faith may be faltering in our confusion, but Christ clarifies. Do not give up because of the complexities of your current situation. Go to the Most High to unravel the mess in which you find yourself. He is the decision maker. He is your maker. He knows how to guide you through this uncertain process. The Most High has the needed perspective to see you through. It is by faith that we do not completely falter. Trust Him to tell you what you need to know. Persevere.

The fruit of trust is perseverance. The lethal high winds of adversity may attempt to uproot your faith, but you will persevere. You will persevere in your marriage though our culture gives you a pass for divorce. You will persevere in your job even though you have been passed over for someone less qualified. You will persevere as a parent because this may be your time to mature and grow up. You will persevere as a leader because God is not finished spreading your influence. You will persevere as a Christian because you trust God. By God’s grace you will not be moved. Allow Him to grow your character. Stand strong. Allow Him to love you through this time of transition. Trust perseveres.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I trust in You to see me through this hard time at home and at work.

Related Readings: 1 Corinthians 13:7; Hebrews 10:36, 11:27; James 1:12, 5:11; Revelation 2:3

Taken from Boyd’s newest devotional book Two Minutes in the Bible for MenPre-Order now!

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Comments

  1. Yolanda says:

    Boyd,

    I have read wisdom hunters daily neatly since they began. I know God bought this wonderful word into my life. Today’s word was truly a God send. I’m going through a really difficult time right now. I’ve fought back the sounds of my own ego and the Devils lies that I’m a failure and today was ready to give up. Then I read wisdom hunters for today. I feel like I’ve been through a battle yet I’m in constant prayer that I can come through the other side. Thank you again for your wonderful words inspired by God word.

    1. Gwynne says:

      Good morning Yolanda,
      Thank you so very much for your kind and encouraging words. Please know that Boyd will read them and will be blessed by them. Isn’t it amazing that God places the words in front of us at the exact time we need to see them? In His Perfect Timing He knows when and what we need to hear. He is mighty!
      I am sorry to hear you are going through a difficult time but I rejoice in the fact that you know who your Lord and Savior is and that HE is walking right beside you through this trying time. Yolanda, you are a light shining to others because you are “in constant prayer that I can come through the other side”. You, sister, are a beautiful example of trust persevering. Thank you for that witness.
      During this season of celebration and joy for the birth of our Lord, we pray you will feel His Peace and Love.
      Grateful for you,
      Gwynne
      “Today in the city of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in the manger.”
      Luke 2: 11-12

  2. Daniella Smith says:

    This was a timely devotional message for me today. I am not a man and I love it!!!
    Boyd you have an undeniable gift.
    Thank you for allowing the Holy Spirit to use you and for remaining obedient to Christ’s calling.

    1. Gwynne says:

      Dear Daniella,
      Thank you for taking the time to reach out to us after reading “Trust Perseveres”. I am not a man and loved it, also! Please know that the devotional was a part of the book, “Two Minutes in the Bible for Men”, but certainly has a message for all of us! We are thankful you were blessed by it.
      And Daniella, thank you for the kind words for Boyd; he will be grateful for them and encouraged by them.

      There were some powerful reminders in this devotional and I, for one, (and I think I may speak for many in our Wisdom Hunter’s family) needed to hear: “”God’s love draws us into intimacy with Him. It is when God loves us that we feel safe. It is when God loves us that we feel secure. It is when God loves us that we feel support and encouragement.”
      Wow! What could be any better? Amen?
      Daniella, during this season of joyful celebration of our Lord’s birth, I hope you and your family feel His Presence and Peace.
      Merry Christmas,
      Gwynne

      “Trust in the Lord with all of your heart
      and lean not on your own understanding;
      in all of your way acknowledge Him,
      and He will set your paths straight.”
      Proverbs 3: 5-6


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