I have been meeting up with a brother in Christ so that we can read the bible one to one with each other. In one of those sessions, while in a rather raucous cafe, we opened up the bible and he started reading the first couple of verses from Psalm 91:
“Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.”
He continued reading but truth be told, I was not listening to him much. My eyes were fixed on these 2 verses. My heart was filled with a mixture of emotions – awe for God, assurance from Him and peace. It was a WOW moment for me!
The Almighty God, who created all things we know and yet to know, has reached out to establish a loving and eternal relationship with me through Jesus. The Most High is stretching His hand to me, inviting me to come close to Him, to dwell in His shelter, to rest in Him.
I can be safe because He is my refuge. I can be protected because He is my fortress. He is God and He is trustworthy. He says what He would do, and He would do what He says. His words and deeds are aligned. His words and deeds reveal His character. This is why I can trust God and His Word. I can entrust my life to Him.
But do I believe this every single day? Do I live out my life in testament of the unyielding protection and care that God can provide for me? Surely this God who sent His Son, Jesus, to die on the cross to cleanse my sins, surely He would protect and provide for me. I’ve got to believe this right?
Yet sometimes, my conduct and my decisions reflect my lack of trust in God.
In times of challenges and trouble, do I pray? Do I trust God to deliver me? Do I make a decision or work myself out of my trouble in ways that are pleasing to Him? Or do I scramble for any way out, even if I know that the quick solution needs me to lie, to hide the truth, to set up a trap so that I can shift the blame to someone else while I escape from my trouble?
Is that how Christians should behave in times of trouble?
When we come face to face with grave challenges in our lives, what or who do we trust in? What if we are unsure what to do with a relationship breakdown with a loved one? Do we turn the other way or do we turn to God? In times like these, we must seek the counsel of God, trusting and obeying it when it says:
“Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift.” (Matthew 5:23-24)
Are we overly concerned if we have enough? Do we believe in the mantra that we can only depend on ourselves? Do we trust that our Heavenly Father has our interests in His heart? In times like these, we must stop worrying and start believing His Word:
“Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?” (Matthew 6:26)
Man is constantly looking for security, and usually security is found in physical things. These are things we place our trust in. It is no different in the past. Equivalent to our modern war machinery, chariots were the symbol of power and might. If you go into a battle, you would want to have as many chariots as possible. Still, there were some who knew better than to place their trust in physical assets.
“Some trust in chariots and some in horses,
but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.” (Psalm 20:7)
Are there chariots in your life? What or who do you place your unflinching trust in? In the world we live in, there will be many voices and noises encouraging us to believe in them or just trust in ourselves. We have to be careful of voices and noises that discourage our dependence on God.
It is important we ask ourselves – do we trust God? Do we believe His Word? Do we find out what God says and do accordingly? Do we seek out godly counsel from godly brothers and sisters in Christ?
Do we hold on to God’s Word and godly counsel, living our Christian life in a way that pleases God, even though we find it difficult? Would we do right by God and find shelter in Him when the world turns hostile towards us? Will we rest in God’s shadow, with peace and assurance in our hearts, when the world closes in on us and suffocates us?
Let us pray that God’s Spirit stir our hearts and strengthen our trust in Him. May our trust in God, may our bold declaration – “my God, in whom I trust!” – bring assurance to our hearts and glory to His name!