Trust in the Lord forever, 

For the LORD GOD is an everlasting Rock.

Isaiah 26: 4 

There is so much in life that can rock our worlds, and I don’t mean in a good way, either. Just go to your favorite news source and read the top ten leading stories and see how much pain and suffering is afoot in our world on a regular basis. Escape isn’t found in the Sports or Entertainment pages either. Scandal, death, and wasted lives are commonplace themes in those “soft news” venues, too. What is even harder is the fact that so much of the sort of distress that is facing people across the globe is also staring each of us in the face at home. 

While the stories about lives turned upside down and shaken from their foundations by acts of nature and actions of man swirl around us in a seemingly never ending river of chaos that leads to fear and discouragement, there is another news story that needs to be read. It needs to receive continual, constant, and even total focus. God has written His story of relationship, love, and redemption across the history of the world. He sets it before our eyes and He scribes it onto our hearts if we are willing to simply open ourselves to receive and to hear His voice. 

As we shift our thought from the evil and the darkness around us and onto the light of Christ’s grace, the Spirit replaces confusion with clarity. He provides us with a sense of security that is based upon the actual fact of its existence. The Lord takes our swirling thoughts and emotions and calms the storm so that we can make reasoned and rational decisions while standing in the middle of the downpour. As we trust in God as the only valid source of truth and as the one who shows us the way to live with integrity, peace, joy, and love, in the midst of the world’s chaos, we are standing on the unshakable foundation of all of Creation.    

Trust in the Lord forever, for in God, the Lord, we have an everlasting rock.

Isaiah 26: 4

 

There are things that I trust almost every day. I drive my car at seventy five miles per hour while trusting that wheels will stay on, and I turn on electrical appliances believing that the protective system that has been designed into the wiring will keep the electricity in the machine and not let it run through me. I get out of bed in the morning and trust that my legs will hold me up when I stand; also, I trust that my doctor has knowledge and skill to take good care of my body. The concept of trust is laced through everything that happens in our lives; yet, most of the things and all of the people that we trust will, at least at times, fail to hold up their ends of the bargain, for that is the way things go in this world.

 

In order to find a trust that will not fail and to get to the level where trust becomes the foundation of calm and peaceful living, we need to dig down deep into the center of creation; since, that is where we reach the foundational bed rock that is the nature, character, and heart of God. Underlying all that is true and everything that is trustworthy is the Creator, and He seeks to give us the sort of confidence and the type of courage that makes the challenges and the concerns of daily living manageable.

 

It is good to gain knowledge and it is worthy to develop our skills, but it is essential to put our primary energy into getting to know God. None of us know God fully, and no one that I have ever encountered has come to the place in life where they are immune to situations, events, and circumstances that will upset the order of our days. Still, even when the footing that we have been relying upon has turned to quicksand and our most trusted friends have turned against us, the Lord is there to stop the descent into oblivion and to place His loving arms around us. The God of Creation will place your feet on the solid footing of His Word, will warm your chilled soul with His love, and will show you the way into the light of His glory.

 

Trust in the Lord forever, for in God the Lord, we have an everlasting rock.

Isaiah 26: 4

 

Trust can be hard thing to do; yet, we all do it continually throughout every day. We trust the floor to hold us up when we get out of bed in the morning, we trust the water that we drink to not poison us, and we place trust in numerous human relationships that we engage in during the day. It is the ability to trust that often defines just how we negotiate our way through life. It is the capacity to trust that greatly impacts our ability to enjoy the deeply felt freedom that God wants us to know. Where we place our trust defines us and it refines us.

 

When the stresses of living are resulting in that form of tension that seems to grip every fiber of the body, and it seems that it is impossible to find a clear and reasoned thought in your mind, you may be experiencing a trust-deprived time in your relationship with God. It is our all too human tendency to want and to need to own all of the answers to each of the situations that we encounter in life. After all, we were designed and equipped by God, Himself, to navigate our way through this world. However, the problem with this thinking is that it leaves out the most important part of the Lord’s plan for us. In God’s design for living and in His plan for life, we are also intended to be actively involved in a relationship of trust with Him, and this is where true and lasting freedom is found.

 

The sort of trust that allows us to face into the hard issues and the difficult uncertainties of life is founded on an understanding of who God is and of how much He cares for each of us. The Lord is that rock solid foundation under me that will not fail and that can not be knocked out from under my feet by any forces or pressures. He is the rock that will crush all of Satan’s attempts to attack my spirit. The Lord is the grinding stone of truth that will polish my mind so that the lies that creep into it are turned into dust to be blown away by the refreshing breeze of wisdom and understanding that comes from Christ’s Spirit. God is my Lord; He is the rock solid fortress where I can dwell always in complete safety and from which I can boldly live out my freedom.

 

Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord God is an everlasting rock.

Isaiah 26: 4

 

There are days when security feels like a concept that comes out of the science of quantum physics; I’ve heard about it, but it seems to be expressed in a language that is hopelessly foreign to me. Days like this are ones where I would truly like to trust in the promise of the future, even in the safety of the next hour, but my mind keeps revisiting the worst moments from all of the disaster movies that I have ever seen. Times like these require me to reorient my mind by opening my heart to the longer-term truths that life has taught me.

 

Here is one of those life-long truths that my mind wanders away from at times. God has always met every need that I have ever had. I can look back through my life and identify a continual stream of the Lord’s active involvement with me, for He was with me before I was willing to accept Him into my life, and He has been the primary identity of my heart since I asked Him in. God meets my deepest spiritual, emotional, and practical needs. For finances, food, shelter, acceptance, purpose, peace, joy, and love are all gifts that the Lord brings to me.

 

There is nothing wrong with being concerned about the condition of the world around us, for God tells us to be active participants in life. We are designed to work in order to provide for ourselves and we are given the resources that are needed to be able to do these things. We are also directed by God to care for others out of these resources. People were created to be living examples of Christ’s loving involvement with others; so, the fact that there are situations in our lives that cause insecurities to exist is not a problem, the challenge comes in how we respond to those troubling times.

 

It can be very difficult to trust in anyone or in anything; yet, to me, not trusting in God, who has a perfect track record of coming through in my life, seems totally illogical. When my heart starts to get shaky and my mind starts to become consumed by anxiety, I need to stop what I am doing and redirect what I am thinking about to point my mind toward God. I tell Him my concerns with deep honesty, and I listen to His calming voice of reason and hope; then, I trust Him enough to do what He tells me to do.

 

 

Trust in the Lord forever, for in God the Lord, we have an everlasting rock.

Isaiah 26: 4

 

Trust can be hard thing to do; yet, we all do it continually throughout every day. We trust the floor to hold us up when we get out of bed in the morning, we trust the water that we drink to not poison us, and we place trust in numerous human relationships that we engage in during the day. It is the ability to trust that often defines just how we negotiate our way through life. It is the capacity to trust that greatly impacts our ability to enjoy the deeply felt freedom that God wants us to enjoy.

 

When the stresses of living are resulting in that form of tension that seems to grip every fiber of the body, and it seems that it is impossible to find a clear and reasoned thought in your mind, you may be experiencing a trust-deprived time in your relationship with God. It is our all too human tendency to want and to need to own all of the answers to each of the situations that we encounter in life. After all, we were designed and equipped by God, Himself, to navigate our way through this world. However, the problem with this thinking is that it leaves out the most important part of the Lord’s plan for us. In God’s design for living and in His plan for life, we are also intended to be actively involved in a relationship of trust with Him, and this is where true and lasting freedom is found.

 

The sort of trust that allows us to face into the hard issues and the difficult uncertainties of life is founded on an understanding of who God is and of how much He cares for each of us. The Lord is that rock solid foundation under me that will not fail and can not be knocked out from under my feet by any forces or pressures. He is the rock that will crush all of the Satan’s attempts to attack my spirit. The Lord is the grinding stone of truth that will polish my mind so that the lies that creep into it are turned into dust to be blown away by the refreshing breeze of truth that comes from Christ’s Spirit. God is my Lord; He is the rock solid fortress where I can dwell always in complete safety and freedom.

 

Trust in the Lord forever, for in God the Lord, we have an everlasting Rock.

Isaiah 26: 4

 

Chip, chip, chip. The world around us rains down blows upon the foundations of life. As the caustic words and the condemnation come our way, we flinch and then we back away. We surrender on the small points; then, we give away our souls. It is all so simple and everything seems to make such sense. Yet, there is so much at stake. It is so easy to accept the idea that if life is to be lived with any sort of security and within the grasp of peace and contentment, we must not fight or disagree with people who hold power and who say that they are working for the good of the many. So, the sharp point of the hammer lands on the surface of our foundation stone. So the cracks spread and the chasm deepens until it all breaks apart and we fall down.

 

So go each of us as individuals. Then, as the individual falls, so crumbles our society. We get what we deserve if we stick with the flow of our culture. When we allow people to set our direction and determine what is right based upon what is politically expedient, we are agreeing with and joining forces with all that is opposed to God’s righteous rule. That might seem like a harsh statement, but I believe it to be absolutely true. The ways of this world are established by its temporary ruler, and Satan’s direction stands in complete opposition to God’s. There is no acceptable compromise, and no comfortable middle ground to be found.

 

The idea that we should need to find another, human-inspired way to understand how to live in our world seems crazy to me. I know that life is complex and that it is hard to assess what is right in many situations. However, God has provided us with His Word, and it is not ambiguous. The Lord is present in our world and enters into our lives in His Spirit in order to grant us deep knowledge of Him and revelation of His will. The only unbreakable foundation that we can stand upon is found in and through a relationship with Christ. There is nothing else that defeats the blows of Satan’s relentless hammer of deception and death.

 

There are no perfect people and little that is without the flaw of compromise in our legislative processes. However, we are each, individually and as we collect together with others who seek God’s rule, tasked by God with the responsibility to make our voices heard. Additionally, people who know Christ must base what we say and how we engage the discussion on God’s truth and not become slaves to political party, ideology, or convenience. God’s way is the path to life. Justice and freedom are found in it. Christ calls upon each of us to stand together upon this everlasting rock.

Trust in the Lord forever,

For in God the Lord, we have an everlasting Rock.

Isaiah 26: 4

 

There is so much in life that can rock our worlds, and I don’t mean in a good way, either. Just go to your favorite news source and read the top ten leading stories and see how much pain and suffering is afoot in our world on a regular basis. Escape isn’t found in the Sports or Entertainment pages either. Scandal, death, and wasted lives are commonplace themes in those “soft news” venues, too. What is even harder is the fact that so much of the sort of distress that is facing people across the globe is also staring each of us in the face at home.

 

While the stories about lives turned upside down and shaken from their foundations by acts of nature and actions of man swirl around us in a seemingly never ending river of chaos that leads to fear and discouragement, there is another news story that needs to be read. It needs to receive continual, constant, and total focus. God has written His story of relationship, love, and redemption across the history of the world. He sets it before our eyes and He scribes it onto our hearts if we are willing to simply open ourselves to His voice.

 

As we shift our thought from the evil and the darkness around us and onto the light of Christ’s grace, the Spirit of God replaces confusion with clarity. He provides us with a sense of security that is based upon the actual fact of its existence. The Lord takes our swirling thoughts and emotions and calms the storm so that we can make reasoned and rational decisions while standing in the middle of the downpour. As we trust in God as the only valid source of truth and as the one who shows us the way to live with integrity, peace, joy, and love, we are standing on the unshakable foundation of all of Creation.