My devotional reading this morning included this verse from Psalm 56:
“In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I shall not be afraid. What can flesh do to me?” Psalm 56:4
The superscription tells us that it was written by David when the Philistines seized him in Gath– most assuredly a scary and uncomfortable situation! Although Samuel had anointed him as king, his future looked uncertain at best.
Most of us will never be captured by enemy soldiers but we still go through tough and confusing times. Friends disappoint us; our dream job becomes stressful; the kids act up; our financial situation deteriorates; our health fails. It’s hard to remember that God is at work in those difficult things, as well as the good ones. Like David, we may not understand, but we can trust. We can refuse to fear, because God is with us.
Anthony W. Thorold, an Anglican bishop during the Victorian period sums it up well in this quote:
“Do not fear circumstances. They cannot hurt us if we hold fast to God and use them as the voices and ministries of His will. Trust Him about everyone and everything, for all times and all needs, earth and heaven, friends and children, the conquest of sin, the growth of holiness, the cross that chafes, the grace that stirs.”
The bottom line — when things aren’t clear, trust the One who knows and controls all things. You are in His hands. If things look like they’re falling apart, He’s still holding them together. Your future is clear to Him.
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