Trust Him in Everything
By: Byron Bohnert, 1.cbn.com
In the sport of NASCAR there are individual drivers for every racecar and for every driver there is a spotter. On their own, a race car driver is more likely to crash; but with the help of a spotter they are able to avoid some costly accidents.
Bob Margolis from Yahoo Sports explains, “The spotter is a team member with a radio who is placed in a high position where they can see as much of the entire race track as physically possible-usually on top of the highest grandstand. His or her primary job is to make sure the driver is safe during the race and to be a second set of eyes. More than anything else, it’s a job based on trust. When a spotter says ‘clear,’ his driver has to trust he’s being given good information and that no other car is there, meaning he can move up or down the track.”
We ourselves, are in a race, and God is our spotter. From His vantage point, God is able to see every detail of our life. Nothing is hidden from God’s sight, and to Him our road ahead is clearly visible.
I’m learning that when things don’t work out the way I would have wanted, there is a greater plan in the future. The focus has to be taken off my doubts and placed on a promised word from God.
His words in Jeremiah 29:11 are straightforward: “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ says the LORD. ‘They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.'” (NLT)
In one of Pastor Kevin Gerald’s messages he said, “The eyes of faith are not always looking at the natural, the eyes of faith look out and they see the good, and they focus on the positive, and the eyes of faith are going to continue to trust God in everything.”
No matter how bleak today may look, there is always change on the horizon for those of us who have the faith to believe.
Habakkuk learned how to trust God and not be affected by the negative stuff going on around him. He writes in Habakkuk 3:17-19,
“Though the cherry trees don’t blossom and the strawberries don’t ripen, though the apples are worm-eaten and the wheat fields stunted, though the sheep pens are sheepless and the cattle barns empty, I’m singing joyful praise to God. I’m turning cartwheels of joy to my Savior God. Counting on God’s Rule to prevail, I take heart and gain strength. I run like a deer. I feel like I’m king of the mountain!” (MSG)
When we’re in a tight spot and problems are raging all around, a sense of uncertainty tries to envelop the mind. If we are not careful, it is easy to get mentally sidetracked. By focusing on our problems and never looking up, we will fail to experience the peace of God.
Isaiah 26:3 tells us,
“God will keep in perfect peace all who trust in Him, all whose thoughts are fixed on Him!” (NLT)
To reiterate about the spotter, Bob Margolis goes on to say, “Spotters can be responsible for keeping a young, perhaps emotional and easily frustrated driver calm while also telling him to slow down or speed up. He adds, “…the spotter also is a driver’s co-pilot in the sense that he’s able to see the big picture throughout the race.”
You and I have to come to the place where we need to trust God completely and allow Him the freedom to point us in the right direction. Not only do we have to trust Him, we have to remember that “God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them” (Rom. 8:28 NLT).
Trusting In The Lord
By: J. Vernon McGee, Daily Devotions
8/6 Psalm 112:7
7 He is not afraid of bad news; his heart is firm, trusting in the LORD.
The people who fear the LORD and delight in His word are promised good things in this psalm. They are generous, merciful, gracious and just in their dealings with others. They and their children are blessed. But the one verse to consider today also shows us their attitude toward bad news.
Because they fear the LORD, they conduct their lives in a way that is guilt free. When they hear something discouraging, there is no need to search their hearts to see if it is the discipline of God. They search their hearts continually and order their lives in accord with God’s Word. That is why their hearts are firm when they hear bad news. They know situations come and go. What seems catastrophic today can turn out to be a blessing tomorrow. If they are right with God, there is no need to fear. God will see them through whatever comes. They have kept the main thing as the main thing.
This peace of mind during times of testing is also the result of trusting the LORD. He is all-powerful, all-knowing, and present in your situation. He cares for you. Nothing gets by Him or surprises Him. In the end you will prevail over whatever has come. Those who delighted in your temporary trouble will be upset as you rise above it all. You will be victorious while the wicked melt away. Your desire in the LORD will be satisfied, while their desire in the world will leave them empty.
Remember: When you are tempted to fear, and when your heart is tempted to be shaken, trust the LORD. Take great delight in His Word.
Streams In The Desert
By: L.B. Cowman
Awake, O north wind; and come, thou south, blow upon my garden, that the spices thereof may flow out! (Song of Solomon 4:16).
Look at the meaning of this prayer a moment. Its root is found in the fact that, as delicious odors may lie latent in a spice tree, so graces may lie unexercised and undeveloped in a Christian’s heart. There is many a plant of profession; but from the ground there breathes forth no fragrance of holy affections or of godly deeds. The same winds blow on the thistle bush and on the spice tree, but it is only one of them which gives out rich odors.
Sometimes God sends severe blasts of trial upon His children to develop their graces. Just as torches burn most brightly when swung to and fro; just as the juniper plant smells sweetest when flung into the flames; so the richest qualities of a Christian often come out under the north wind of suffering and adversity. Bruised hearts often emit the fragrance that God loveth to smell.
I had a tiny box, a precious box
Of human love–my spikenard of great price;
I kept it close within my heart of hearts,
And scarce would lift the lid lest it should waste
Its perfume on the air. One day a strange
Deep sorrow came with crushing weight, and fell
Upon my costly treasure, sweet and rare,
And broke the box to atoms. All my heart
Rose in dismay and sorrow at this waste,
But as I mourned, behold a miracle
Of grace Divine. My human love was changed
To Heaven‘s own, and poured in healing streams
On other broken hearts, while soft and clear
A voice above me whispered, “Child of Mine,
With comfort wherewith thou art comforted,
From this time forth, go comfort others,
And thou shalt know blest fellowship with Me,
Whose broken heart of love hath healed the world.”
Not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near. – Hebrews 10:25 NASB
It is important for believers to know what they believe, to have a personal relationship with Jesus, and to follow His leading to fulfill their unique calling.
But the Bible also stresses the importance of interaction with other believers. Recognize that each of us is part of the same body. We need other believers, and other believers need us.
Each of us is to “hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering” (v. 23). In many ways, this is an individual matter. But holding fast can be strengthened through our relationships with other believers.
Through these relationships, we find people who have gone through challenges like those we have faced. This process can help us recognize weaknesses and mistakes. We can be reminded of Scriptural principles that we might have forgotten or neglected.
Second, we are to “consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds” (v. 24). The interaction puts us in a position to be a source of inspiration for others, examples for them to follow, and reminders of the impact when we apply Biblical principles.
As Jesus has changed our lives, we can help spread His influence. We can demonstrate the truth and the power of the Gospel. The result will be an increase in “good deeds” as more and more believers let their “light shine” (Matthew 5:16).
Be sure you are fulfilling your place in the body of Christ.