Titus 2:11-13

"For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men, instructing us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus."

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Trusting Now Despite Later

Sometimes I find myself getting caught up in the unknown and even becoming slightly fearful of it.  As a person who has placed her faith and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ, I feel slightly hesitant to admit that the potential realities of the uncertain future trouble me at times.  I know that God has promised to never leave me or forsake me (Hebrews 13:5) and that He cares for me (1 Peter 5:7) and that He will supply all my needs (Philippians 4:19); and I even know that He has told me not to fear (Isaiah 41:10).  But still I allow myself to think that there are certain "you never know"s that I could never handle.

I was chatting with my sister about some of this a couple nights ago, sharing with her one of my "fears," when she simply and wisely said, "Don't be fearful.  You just have to live with faith."  I hadn't gone into the conversation looking to learn anything; but God, in His marvelous way, was reminding me through her succinct words that I just have to trust Him.  Never has He failed to see me through a trial and never would He.  In a future that is filled with uncertainties, He alone is the constant on which I can rely.  Nothing could ever happen that would separate me from the love of God (Romans 8:38-39).

What the Lord seems to be showing me is that I need to trust Him not only in the future but also with my future.  I will continue to pray for spiritual and physical protection for myself and those whom I love; but I must also trust God now despite what might happen later.
"'Do not fear, for I am with you; do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.'" (Isaiah 41:10)


Stacie, A Firefighter's Wife said...

God has really shown me through my lastest trial that I have a huge stronghold of fear. I had to demolish the thing down with God's Word. It was tough, but I am finally feeling free of the cycle of fear that I find myself in. Faith is a huge part of that. God CAN do ANYTHING!!!!!! Am I believing Him for it?

terry & tammy rice said...

I needed this. Thanks. Now if I can just DO it. Love you, Mom

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