Hey there! After spending a wonderful time with my husband this week, today we are both back to work. Today I’m trusting God to guide my steps for the day, showing me exactly how to prioritize the needs that have piled up. Let’s take a look at the Trusting God Bible reading wrap-up by summarizing the last week of reading. You ready?
Last week we began reading this song of the Israelites and their journey of learning to trust God. This particular section explains all the ways the Israelites said they believed in God, but the bottom line was that their hearts were not wholly dedicated to him. Even in the middle of staring at the miracles he performed, they struggled with totally relying on his way as the best way.
I think it’s easy to read this passage and think “Those crazy people! Couldn’t they see what God was doing? How did they miss it? Why was it such a struggle for them?” And yet we often react to God the same way they did, doubting and wondering about whether or not he loves us.
I don’t know what your wilderness looks like. It may be barren and dry. It may look like a dark forest with tall trees looming overhead. Doesn’t matter. God leads people out of wildernesses every day. He will lead you out also!
This passage has always been very special to me. Many years ago, I read it when I was in a place of doubt about God’s call on my life to lead women in Bible study. God showed me that if he could take David, a shepherd boy, and transform his skills from guiding sheep to guiding a kingdom of people, then he can use any willing person to do his work.
What is God calling you to do today?
It’s so easy to trust in things we can see. This psalm outlines the gods of the people and how they had constructed the idols, carving out hands and feet, eyes and mouths. Even though the idols were useless and could do nothing with their features, they were trusted. Their hands and feet did not move; their eyes saw nothing. Their mouths could not speak a word, yet because they could be seen, they were trusted.
There are many tangible things in this world in which we place our trust. Homes, cars, bank accounts. Tangible things of all kinds that we can see. Because we can put our eyes on them, we think they are trustworthy. Only God is worthy of our trust.
Where are you placing your trust today?
Fear is often contrasted to trust. If we fear someone or something, then we do not trust them. In Psalm 115, the psalmist is advising us to fear the Lord and put our trust in him. Fearing and trusting together is opposite of what the world teaches us. But the fear mentioned in this passage is a reverent respect, understanding that God is in control and worthy of our trust.
I love this verse!! The entire passage is beautiful, but this particular verse? I could discuss this a long time. You want to believe God and trust him fully? Learn to rely on the Holy Spirit to guide you in every small thing. You want joy and peace in believing the Lord? He has granted the power for you to do so!
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you;
when you walk through fire you shall not be burned,
and the flame shall not consume you. (Isaiah 43:2)
The God who calms the storms with his voice longs to calm the storms of your heart. You are his; he knows your name and loves you with an everlasting love. No matter what you are walking through today, he is with you.
Have a fabulous Friday!
Don’t forget to check out the May topical Bible reading challenge: From Hurting to Healing!