For any of you who follow my writings, you are aware of the 40-day time of “Yielding” that God has been leading us in. When I saw that today is day 37 I immediately thought of one of our life passages from Psalm 37:
“Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this: He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn, your vindication like the noonday sun.” Psalm 37:3-6
One of the greatest lessons of my life has been learning to trust God. I discovered, after years of unnecessary fretting, that He is faithful, true, and trustworthy in all things. There are often times that I don’t understand His ways or find Him leading in the direction that I’d naturally choose, but as I rest and trust, His faithfulness anoints my steps and draws me into peace.
He has become the absolute desire of my heart because in Him there is such peace, light, and unfailing love.
Psalm 37 continues,
“Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; do not fret when people succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes. Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret—it leads only to evil. For those who are evil will be destroyed, but those who hope in the Lord will inherit the land.” Psalm 37:7-9
Do not fret!
I have found that the moments I allowed my heart to turn away from trust and enter into fretting only led me away from the Lord’s green pastures and still waters into dark alleys where my enemies had set a trap for me. Decisions made in a fretful state of mind were reactions to natural circumstances rather than the response of a yielded and trusting daughter.
Psalm 37 finishes with these words,
“The salvation of the righteous comes from the Lord; he is their stronghold in time of trouble. The Lord helps them and delivers them; he delivers them from the wicked and saves them, because they take refuge in him.” Psalm 37:39-40
Today turn your heart to trust fully in the salvation of the Lord. Let fretting be removed like an old garment and put on the garments of faith and trust. He will not forsake you or leave you without help. The impossible is merely an invitation to see the sovereignty of the Lord made manifest in whatever you are facing. Lay your head upon His chest and be still. Trust Him!
The Lord led me to read out of 1 Kings 18. This chapter tells the story of when the prophets of Baal challenged Elijah as to "who is God?"; Baal or the God of Elijah. They both set up offerings and then called on their Gods to send fire upon the altar.
As I recounted how Elijah made his altar impossible to be consumed by fire (by pouring water on it, putting water trenches around it, etc) I thought of all the "impossibilities" that are even now upon many of the lives of God's people. Maybe we are in a time that God will prove Himself to every false god and false prophet.
The prophets of Baal shouted to their god, they cut themselves until blood gushed out, they pounded their chests and yet their god did nothing. But Elijah drenched his offering with water and then prayed this prayer,
"O LORD, God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, prove today that you are God in Israel and that I am your servant. Prove that I have done all this at your command. O LORD, answer me! Answer me so these people will know that you, O LORD, are God and that you have brought them back to yourself.”
Then after his prayer, fire fell and consumed his offering