ENCOURAGE EVERYONE IN THE HILL CITY AREA TO HAVE A CLOSER RELATIONSHIP WITH JESUS CHRIST!
Wings of Hope by BJ Reese
“He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust; His truth shall be they shield and buckler.” ~ Psalms 91:4
In the movie “Courageous”, there’s a scene where a man is talking to his pastor about trusting God. The pastor is explaining that, if he will trust in God, He will walk with the man through the hard times. The man responds, “I want to trust Him, but I don’t understand what He’s doing.” Watching that scene, my mind had a response to what the man had said. “That’s what trust is,” I thought, “following and obeying even when I don’t understand.” More accurately, it is following and obeying Him ESPECIALLY when I don’t understand. When a young man or woman joins the military, they go to boot camp. While there, they spend 8-12 weeks (depending on which branch they join) going through things that seem designed to break their spirit. Once that’s done, they are rebuilt by their superiors to a military standard of behavior. At times, it seems harsh and brutal – unnecessary to most who see it or hear about it. But this process serves a valuable purpose for every one of those recruits. If and when the day comes when their unit is called into combat, they must be prepared to obey their superiors. Even when they don’t understand what that superior is doing, following and obeying him greatly increases their chances of surviving combat. God’s Guidance in our lives works in much the same way. While He does not CAUSE the troubles that come our way, He promises to be with us through them. When we choose a walk with Jesus, He promises to carry us through those troubles. We need only turn to Him and lean on Him for that Help to be there. Proverbs 3:5 tells us “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not on thine own understanding.” The promise of that command follows, in verse 6: “In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths.” The message in these verses seems simple. He’s asking us to trust Him, no matter what – even when what’s happening makes no sense to us. In return, He will guide us every step of the way. And He doesn’t stop there. In Romans 8, we are told that ALL things work together for good to them that love God (v. 28). If we hang on, if we keep trusting God, EVERYTHING that happens will be used for His purpose. I have seen this many times in my own life, and it has led me to a place where I have drawn one vital conclusion. No matter what is going on . . . no matter how weird or frightening or disappointing or confusing it is, I know – beyond the shadow of any doubt – that Got is there. So long as I trust Him, I will get through.
Not only that, I’ve discovered something fascinating. When I trust God, the weirdness doesn’t puzzle me. The scary parts don’t make me want to run and hide. The disappointments don’t break my heart. And the confusion doesn’t completely scramble my brain. As time goes on, I am learning why that is so . . . because He sends His Holy Spirit to fill me with a peace about these things. Knowing that, and reminding myself of it every single day, makes trust a lot easier. My hope – for each of us – is that we will continue to trust God, especially when we don’t understand what He’s doing.
See you next time . . . To His Glory . . . BJ Reese
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