for I have put my trust in you.
Show me the way I should go,
for to you I entrust my life.
Psalm 143:8 (a psalm of David)
The Christian life is a life of uncertainty. We always seem to find ourselves looking up, asking God to show us which way to go.
The Christian life is a life of certainty. We may not know which way to go, but we know who to ask.
Today, like many days, I was struck by how many things I don’t know. On a broader level, I was struck by the general ignorance of those around me. Earlier, I was walking through the city when a man attempted to give me spiritual advice. He spoke very fast and I just kept thinking–how do I explain to this man that his paths to God will only lead him to dead ends? How do I tell the world to stop seeking spiritual advancement and start seeking God Himself? What do I know, anyway?
I know quite a few things, to be fair, though I am horribly human like the rest of us. As Isaiah prophesied:
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways,”
declares the Lord.
There comes a point where we must know why we trust God, or we will stop trusting Him. God will continue to do things we don’t understand, in ways we don’t necessarily agree with. People will continue to be stupid (or simply misled). We must know that God is still faithful. We must know that God is alive and at work in His Creation. That He has not abandoned us, and He never will.
Do you trust God?
Why or why not?
With this in mind, read Psalm 143 and Isaiah 55 (both in their entirety).
Consider: David waited for the dawn to bring news of God’s unfailing love for him. Isaiah 55 points to the fulfillment of God’s “faithful love promised to David” (v. 3). In case you didn’t notice, it’s pretty amazing.
If you answered ‘no’ or ‘maybe’ to the first question above, ask God right now to show you His faithfulness in your life. Continue this prayer each morning (maybe write it on a slip of paper on your bedside table) and dare to hope that God would show Himself to you. 2 Timothy 2:13 says: if we are faithless, he remains faithful, for he cannot disown himself. You may want to read some scripture while you’re at it. 😉
If you answered ‘yes,’ take this time to meditate on God’s faithfulness in your life. Pray about something you’ve been anxious about lately, and allow God this opportunity to give you peace.
I’m excited to talk about trusting God on a more personal note soon. For now, I’m going to read Isaiah 55 and be happy. Wooooooo.
You will go out in joy
and be led forth in peace;
the mountains and hills
will burst into song before you,
and all the trees of the field
will clap their hands.
Instead of the thornbush will grow the juniper,
and instead of briers the myrtle will grow.
This will be for the Lord’s renown,
for an everlasting sign,
that will endure forever.”