Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – March 3, 2020
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. Proverbs 3:5-6
Ever since I was a new believer in Christ over 30 years ago, I’ve heard Romans 1:17, “The righteous shall live by faith.”
When I considered this scripture in the past, I always thought it was describing trusting Christ for the future.
But today, after a little thinking—and a little research—I was challenged to reframe my perspective. Living by faith means more than just looking to the future. It means trusting Him with the past, trusting Him with the present, AND trusting Him for the future.
How glorious! Trusting Jesus with all three means that my worries and regrets of the past can be laid at His feet and I can rest. My stresses and worries for today can be given to Him too, as well as my concerns for tomorrow.
To live by faith for the past means that when I am tempted to fret over something from years ago, and I want to go into a mental spin and wallow in regret, I choose to live by faith and trust Jesus with what I don’t understand about what happened “back there.” Even though it seems to me that there were loose ends to this or that particular experience, I choose to trust Him and believe that He is tying it all together into something beautiful, and that it will all make sense one day.
To live by faith in the present means that when I encounter an obstacle in a task, a dream, or a relationship, I don’t throw up my hands in exasperation or speak words of resignation. Instead, I think hopeful thoughts and I bend. I remain flexible in the face of adversity, believing that even when things aren’t going the way I intend, that God is always in control, that He is guiding me, and that He will work all things out according to His great love for me.
To live by faith for the future means that when I start to worry about what might happen this week, next month, next year, or when I am 80 years old, I choose to quiet my mind. I tell it that Jesus is Lord, that He is with me and that He will never forsake me. I remind myself that I have always been in His hand—and always will be.
To live by faith means that I acknowledge that He is God and that I am not. When I remember this, I am freed from the burdens of worry and fretting, regret and sorry.
Can you imagine how our lives would change if we could intently live by faith each day in this way? What joy! What hope! What peace!
Perhaps it’s overwhelming to think about living by faith every day of your life. But, you can choose to live by faith right now, in this moment. Will you join me in trusting Christ today for what was, what is, and what is to come?
“And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him”(Hebrews 11:6).
“Lord, I admit that there are times that I don’t live by faith. Instead, I am filled with doubt and fear. Today, help me give each moment to you and choose not to worry or fret. Help me choose to trust you. Amen.”
Is there something in the past, present, or future that you are having a difficult time trusting Christ for? Give it to Him today.
By faith, I trust God is always in control. He is guiding me, and He will work all things out according to His great love for me. #trust #WisdomHunters #Jesus #truth
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