What an easy statement to tell someone when they are going through hard times! Yet, it becomes an entirely different matter once we are faced with things we simply don't understand.
*God is in controlWe believe that His children will not be forsakenGod is in controlWe will choose to remember and never be shakenThere is no power above or beside HimWe know, oh, God is in control*
A line in that chorus just strikes me. "We will choose to remember and never be shaken..."
Trusting God, particularly during times of testing or trials, is just that - a choice. Just as any other choice, the decision to trust or not trust God has consequences. When we choose not to trust God, we are left with questions, confusion, frustration, and anger, and bitterness will begin to take root in our souls.
But what a beautiful outcome when we choose to trust the Lord.
The LORD recompense thy work, and a full reward be given thee of the LORD God of Israel, under whose wings thou art come to trust. (Ruth 2:12)But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them: let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee. (Psalm 5:11)
Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him. (Proverbs 30:5)
I've been thinking about this a lot lately. While going through life, we encounter so many shifts and changes. Taking your first steps. Learning to talk. Going to school. Becoming a teenager. Starting high school. Getting your license. Going to college. Falling in love. Raising a family
Then, you watch your own kids go through all of these changes, all the while going through more and more changes. What is there to be your foundation, your stability in the midst of an ever-changing life?
Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways, acknowledge him; and he shall direct thy path. (Proverbs 3:5-6)
We get the chance each day, with every change that may come our way, to choose to trust the Lord. This reminds me of one of the most bittersweet moments I've had in my short twenty-one years of life.
My grandma (who had basically raised me) was in her last few hours of life. She called me over to her bedside, and with all the remaining strength she had, encouraged me to "Always trust God. He's the only One who will never leave." Those words from a faithful woman of God have carried me through some of the most trying moments of my life, embedding as Truth deep in my heart.
So, as the waves of life may toss you to and fro, don't forget that there is a firm foundation, a faithful God who is well-deserving of your trust. May each of you learn to put all your confidence in Him.
Until next time,