Before we begin our journey through the Psalms we must talk about the foundation stones for trust.
You cannot have a trust that will weather all the storms of life if it is built on the “sand” of what you see and feel.
Your eyes will deceive you and your feelings often shift and change with each passing storm that blows.
Therefore let us address ourselves to some of the basic truths from the inerrant and infallible word of God.
To start with, the Bible doesn’t say there might be trouble in this world. On the contrary, it assures us that we absolutely will have trouble.
Jesus said, “I have told you all this so that you will have peace of heart and mind. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows; but cheer up, for I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 TLB
The Apostle Paul wrote in 2 Timothy, “Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.” [3:12]
So, since we know we shall have trials, sorrow, and persecution, and since our life will not be trouble-free, we can’t base our trust on the hope that we should have a painless journey.
Often our trust falters or fails because it is based on the false hope that the promises in God’s word can be manipulated to suit our own wishes. We believe by praying fervent prayers, or “claiming” this or that Bible verse for ourselves, or our loved ones, we can have whatever we want.
But no matter how heartfelt those wishes and desires may be, or how sincere our hopes, even in the word of God we must face all of the truth. We must acknowledge that God knows what we don’t, and we must put our TRUST in Him, and His will on any matter. Then our trust can not only weather the storm, it can also flower and flourish in it.
Anyone who reads my blog, knows by now, I love to quote from the works of C. S. Lewis. So, in closing, let me add a few more of his wonderful encouraging words.
Remember, though we struggle against things because we are afraid of them, it is often the other way around—we get afraid because we struggle. Are you struggling; resisting? Don’t you think our Lord says to you, “Peace child, peace. Relax. Let go. Underneath are the Everlasting Arms. Let go, I will catch you. Do you trust me so little?”
— C. S. Lewis
SEEDS FOR TRUST #1:
Though our feelings come and go God’s love for us does not. —C. S. Lewis