Psalm 56:4, “In God I have put my trust; I will not fear. What can flesh do to me?”
Matthew 6:34, “Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things”
Today, there are so many believers in Christ who are anxious and troubled. Although they are experiencing the “rest” of salvation that accompanies the forgiveness of sins and are looking forward to the eternal “rest” of heaven, their souls are still in turmoil. Fearful and doubting, they seem to be continually burdened by life’s problems. A closer look at their anxiety can reveal the reason for their distress. Having never learned to rest and trust completely in the Lord! Thus, they fail to experience the “quietness and confidence” (Isaiah 30:15) that comes to those who daily fellowship with Him through Bible study and prayer. Don’t let yourself become a victim of fruitless fretting. Because if you do, you’ll lose the peace and joy that is your rightful inheritance. Instead, set aside part of each day to:
(1) Talk things over with God.
(2) Read His precious Word.
(3) Believe His comforting promises.
(4) Thank Him for who He is and what He has done for you.
Have you spent time talking to the Lord about your problems or praising Him for answer to prayer? He knows how to meet your needs, whether through His direct intervention (Psalm 34:17), or through the comfort of His presence. The bottom line is to trust Him every day with your heart, mind and soul. Thousands of years ago, Moses wrote these words to the Israelites just before he died, “The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms” (Deuteronomy 33:27). The words “everlasting arms” refer to the protection and preservation of God’s people. Despite the stressful circumstances they would surely face, they could trust and rest in the assurance of God’s watchful care to provide and protect them, and so it is for us today, if Jesus Christ is our Savior!
A sudden squall swept down with almost hurricane force through the funnel-like ravines above the lake of Tiberias, 682 feet below sea level. Hugh waves washed into the little boat, threatening to sink it. Terrified, the disciples of Jesus wakened Him. How could He sleep through the shrieking winds and ship-tossing tempest? “Do You not care that we are perishing?” they shouted (Mark 4:38). Calmly Jesus arose and commanded the raging storm to cease. Then, amid the calm and the darkness, He asked two questions of His awe-stricken disciples. If He were here today, He would ask those who are members of His Family, the same two questions:
(1) Why are you so fearful?
(2) How is it that you have no faith or trust?
My beloved, as we voyage through the sea of life, terrifying gales may threaten to overwhelm us. Many times we are worried and troubled over illness, loss and even danger may strike us without relief. In our anxiety we may cry out to our seemingly indifferent Lord, “Don’t You care about our problems?” And Christ, completely in control of every circumstance, gently and lovingly rebukes us for failing to exercise faith and trust. Jesus taught us how we can handle life’s routine, “Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. In faith and with prayer, we can break life and its often wearisome tasks into bite-size pieces, entrusting the unpredictable future to the grace of Him who promises that “as your days, so shall your strength be” (Deuteronomy 33:25), and He urges each of us to trust in His almighty and all-wise sovereignty each day.
With God behind you and His arms beneath you, you can face whatever lies ahead of you.