“To walk truly fearlessly in the face of life’s threatening storms, we must fully place our trust in God. He wants us to see if we really believe what He says in His Word. And it begins with our simply releasing our lives into His hands.” (Quote from reblogged post below by “The Daily Way”).
We place our trust in a lot of things but it’s not until the storms of life hit full force and the bottom falls out that we really find out just who or what we’ve been putting our trust in all along. And way too often, we’ve placed our trust in everything but God–we’ve placed it in other people (e.g., who we know, our family, our friends, etc.), our jobs, our possessions and/or our money, our status, our education, and our own abilities and skills. However, when the bottom falls out and we find ourselves walking in the dark, that is when we make the choice to let go of everything we’ve really been trusting in and truly trust in God and God alone, no matter how long that storm takes to navigate. In my case, that includes walking through five plus years now of long-term unemployment while living in the “Land of Plenty” (e.g., America).
So who or what is it that we really trust in? God has a way of showing each and every one of us who or what we are trusting in besides Him. And who or what we trust in is clearly shown by how we respond to any challenge that faces us. Do we trust in other people and/or everything we can grab hold of when the storm hits hard? Or do we trust in God alone who sees beyond all our circumstances and wants us to place our total trust (in fact, our very lives) in Him alone?
And that choice is always ours to make . . . .
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.
All who rage against you
Will surely be ashamed and disgraced;
Those who oppose you
Will be as nothing and perish.
Though you search for your enemies,
You will not find them.
Those who wage war against you
Will be as nothing at all.
For I am the Lord your God
Who takes hold of your right hand
And says to you,
Do not fear;
I will help you.
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Sometimes life can give us more than we can handle. There are moments when our burdens topple the smooth plans we have made for our lives. Our natural tendency is to hold on to what we have, clutching tighter than before. But God says we should do something different.
To walk truly fearlessly in the face of life’s threatening storms, we must fully place our trust in God. He wants us to see if we really believe what He says in His Word. And it begins with our simply releasing our lives into His hands.
When your life’s boat begins to rock upon the waves, God wants you to focus on Him more than ever. To walk fearlessly, upholding faith as your banner and shield, you must know who you are following.
God does not lead us down dark alleys only to abandon us. But He may take us through…
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