3/12/09

Trust in the LORD!!!!

Today, everywhere we look, we see “a whole lot of shakin’ goin on!” The economy is shaking; as are institutions, corporations, and government; jobs are shaky; the culture, marriages and families are shaking; whether you are personally or not, many people are being shaken by the circumstances unfolding in their personal world. If any words well describe what we are witnessing today in the world, and in the core foundation of people’s lives, they are the words, “shifting sand.” Certainty is in short supply, producing increasing anxiety; “What’s going to happen to me and my family?” On some the “shoe has already dropped”; out of work, home foreclosed, retirement wiped out, savings gone, net worth halved or worse; and that is “just” the “economic shoe.” What about the “shifting sand of the culture”: addictions more rampant and seemingly unbreakable; anger and rebellion among children and teenagers; pornography like the proverbial fog creeping through windows of the eye and under doors of hearts; terrorism, crime, and security concerns abounding; relationships and marriages suffering earthquake tremors and devastation; depression, disease, injustice, frustration are taking their toll.

If you have gotten this far, your countenance has probably fallen. You are probably thinking, “How is this going to give me STRENGTH for my day?”

One of the things for which I am most grateful, especially since I am technologically challenged in a technological world, are reset buttons. I wish every “gadget” had one; a button you simply push once you foul up your “gadget,” and poof, its back to normal. Unfortunately, not every “techno-gadget” has one. But reset buttons remind me of a truth C.S. Lewis wrote in one of his letters regarding “trust in God.” He said, “Relying on God has to begin all over again every day as if nothing had yet been done.” For those who think, “I tried trusting in God in the past, and look where it got me”; or “I try to trust in God, but why am I still being shaken like a leaf blowing in the wind?” several concerns come to mind. What exactly does the Bible ask us to do when it commands “trust in God?” And, am I using my “reset button” every day; renewing my trust in the Lord in the midst of each day’s troubles, circumstances, and battles; and even in the midst of those rare uneventful and perfectly good days.

I read the other day the statement, “Ignorance of the Scriptures is ignorance of Christ,” which is also to say, “Ignorance of the Scriptures is ignorance of God.” You cannot trust in God unless you have an accurate idea of who He is. Knowledge of the Scriptures is in appallingly short supply in today’s Christian world. Is it any wonder then that “trust in God” is not being practiced, and many professing Christians are shaking or being shaken right along with the unbelieving world? A brief study in any Scripture concordance of the phrase “trust in God” or “trust in the Lord” reveals that trusting in the Lord involves ALL of the following: fearing the Lord, honoring the Lord as holy, obeying His commands, knowing who He is, doing good, trusting in His word, taking refuge in Him, doing so with all your heart, trusting in quietness and not whining, trusting with joy and peace in your spirit. On the negative side “trusting in the Lord” means NOT trusting in gold, riches, wealth, lies, deceptive words, chariots and horses (or, modern weapons of war), extortion or stolen goods, princes or presidents, fortified cities, your own deeds, other people, or even, and especially, yourself!

There are specific verses in Scripture supporting each of these descriptions of what it means “to trust” or “not trust” in the Lord. I fear that even with this being the most published Bible verse in the world; “In God we trust,” is printed on every American coin and paper bill which are being printed like they were going out of style (TRILLIONS apparently doesn’t mean much anymore to many people); we have grown numb to what trust in the Lord means and cease in practice to renew it day by day with a focused heart.

Yet, for those who learn and experience what it is to trust in the Lord, He will surround you, just as the mountains surround Jerusalem, both now and forevermore.

“Fear not I am with you, O be not dismayed; for I am your God, and will still give you aid; I’ll strengthen you, help you, and cause you to stand, upheld by my righteous, omnipotent hand.”

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