The post today comes from Daybreak member, Jeff Logue. Thank you, Jeff, for sharing your heart and setting our minds on the truth!
"You find no difficulty in trusting the Lord with the management of the universe, and all the outward creation, and can your case be any more complex or difficult than these, that you need to be anxious or troubled about His management of you?”
Hannah Whitehall Smith, The Christian's Secret of a Happy Life
Does this passage resonate with any of you? Ironically, although it was my initial intention to offer some sort of inspiration and encouragement to you, I must confess that learning to trust God on a daily basis is one of the greatest struggles I face in my own walk. In fact, as I sat in service today, I began meditating on the words of Chris Tomlin’s song “Our God” that proclaims:
“Our God is greater, our God is stronger
God You are higher than any other
Our God is Healer, awesome in power
Our God, Our God…”
Do you ever find it is easy to begin singing words to a song that seem to ring true, but deep in your heart it is so difficult to believe them? That’s exactly how I felt today. Instead of offering up praise, I chose not to sing the words that would have felt like heartless chatter. Crying out to God, I asked him, why do I struggle with acknowledging that as the great God of the universe, you’ll decide to defend me, heal me, empower me, or help me with…insert situation?
If you were to come up to me in person and ask the question, “Do you trust God,” I would most likely reply, “Yes!” However, when I take an honest look at myself, there are many areas that I continue to grasp with a tight fist, doubting and worrying if He will truly come through. This is where trust becomes a choice.
Will I choose to believe the lies from the enemy of my soul that God does not have my best interests in mind and that he will not come through? And based on my limited knowledge and understanding of the world around me, will I make the choice to believe that if life circumstances do not occur the way I intend them to, that God has rejected me? Or, will I choose to repent of and renounce those lies that the enemy uses in my life to create a stronghold in my thinking, and instead turn to the real source of life and truth?
Although there are many things that we may remain uncertain of in this life, it is God’s desire for us to not worry. He want us to know that we can completely entrust ourselves to Him, because he is good, loving, and always for us. He is the only one who knows the past, present and future, so we must learn to rest in the palm of his hands. As Isaiah 41:10 says, “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Our freedom lies in learning to acknowledge that God is in ultimate control. Trust in Him.