Can you say with utmost confidence that you ” will trust in God’s unfailing love”?
Do you make it a matter of consistent habit to ” praise Him with all of your heart”?
Have you ever stopped to think how we say those words so blithely, so easily when life is great and yet don’t give great thought towards our roots in Christ and in His Word? When the storm hits our lives what our first reaction is will determine our direction. We can’t capsize before we have even begun.
I am reminded of sailing lessons I took as a teenager. While I no longer remember the logistics of how to do it, I do remember the terms. Beat, run and tack. It’s what we do in the storm, the direction we are headed will determine our success. We have to get it right, we have to remember that even the disciples got wet in the storm and Jesus himself was in the boat….we can’t let fear freak us out and paralyze us from making faith filled decisions.
I admit that just yesterday what got me out of bed was hearing the Lord question me with “Does your anchor hold or doesn’t it? Get up and place your hope in Me, lay hold of My promises and trust Me. Your anchor holds.” So I choose to run in the way of His commands. I choose the way of truth and cling to His Word. As I run He will will enlarge my heart, enlarging my capabilities to yet trust Him more and more. He strengthens me as I climb the high hills, His Word refreshes my soul and it is sweeter than honey in a honeycomb.
I am energized as I am learning that He alone is my strength, for my way is rocky and the climb is steep and dusk is falling. He alone knows the way I take and He is leading me through, holding me close to Him with His mighty right hand of Victory! I cannot see the way through right now and so it is with the utmost sincerity and tenacity that I am trusting in the truth of His Word, choosing to praise Him in spite of what my eyes see and ears hear.
I have chosen to join Habbakuk in his song so it has become a constant refrain in my heart. That refrain pleases my Lord.
“Though the fig tree may not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines; though the labor of the olive may fail, and the fields yield no food; though the flock be cut off from the fold. and there be no herd in the stalls – YET I WILL REJOICE IN THE LORD, I WILL JOY IN THE GOD OF MY SALVATION. The Lord God is my strength;He will make my feet like deer’s feet, and He will make me walk on my high hills.” (Habbakuk 3:17-19)
Everything that is noted in this section of Scripture is something that can be seen with the physical eye – but in 2 Corinthians 5:7 Paul tells us “For we walk by faith and not by sight.” I think we are being told that everything we feel cannot be measured by what is revealed in the natural realm and there is another perspective, another realm through we which have sight. Oh, how I long to live constantly, consistently in the realm of the Spirit where righteousness, peace and joy rule the day!
Psalm 119:25 “My soul clings to the dust” gives me a picture of one whose circumstances have him feeling beaten and he is prostrate upon the earth looking at his situation from that lower level. The Psalmist cries out in the second half of the verse, “Revive me according to Your Word”.
I think maybe his heart cry is, “Lift me up Father, let me gaze into your Father heart of love, mercy and unfailing kindness, let me see You revealed through Your Word. Let my heart begin to understand that You are journeying with me, teaching me to see life from a higher perspective – see life from the perspective of Your Word of unfailing truth and love.”
It is in the storms that we experience how great God is in His unfailing promises toward us. We must not fall apart in the storms and trials but rest in the provision of the Lord’s sufficiency.