Psalm 112:7-8 ” He will have no fear of bad news; his heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord. His heart is secure, he will have no fear; in the end he will look in triumph on his foe.”

You will not be able to go through this world without receiving bad news…for loved ones die, accidents happen, and cancer rears its ugly head.  So it’s not if bad news will happen, but rather when it will hit us without warning.  It’s at that moment we have to make a conscious decision…who and what will I trust in.  Will I take this news that’s causing me pain and unhappiness and allow it to control every part of me…or will I stand firm in the confidence of knowing God is in complete control of the situation?  Leaning on the Lord is not a sign of weakness…relying on Him for strength and peace is not copping out from reality.  Bad news will affect us all…but if our trust is in the Lord, we have the certainty of His firm foundation of love and hope under-girding our shaking bodies.

John 2: 24-25 ” Jesus did not commit Himself to them…for He knew what was in man.”

Bottom line…you can’t trust people.  They’ll say one thing, but do the opposite.  They’ll promise things they can never deliver on.  They’ll declare their love and then turn around and break your heart.  Mankind is just that…humans with lots of flaws that disappoint each other daily.  And that’s difficult when we demand perfection from those who can’t achieve it….for it leads only to disillusionment.  And we need to be careful that disillusionment doesn’t cause us to become cynical, critical, and bitter.  Bottom line…you can’t trust people – but you can trust God.  You can fully trust God with your life, your future, your everything.

John 2:11 ” This, the first of His miraculous signs, Jesus performed at Cana in Galilee. He thus revealed His glory, and His Disciples put their faith in Him.”

It was done mostly in obscurity…off in the background at a wedding in progress.  Only a few people were even aware that the wine was gone.  They included a few servants and the disciples of Jesus that witnessed this miracle of changing something as basic as water into something  extraordinary as fine wine. Now the wedding party did benefit and were wonderfully blessed by His first miracle…but it was the people who actually saw it with their own eyes that were powerful and eternally changed by it.

We’ve got to live: Faithfully in His Word

In James it says to not merely listen to the Word…but do It.   In order to put your trust in the Lord,  you must take what you hear and apply it to your life.  You need to take that head knowledge and internalize it into heart knowledge.  The Word of God is powerful and alive, but if it goes in one ear and out the other, it’s of no use to you.  For just hearing God’s voice will never cause change within… unless you do something with it.

Hebrews 10: 37-38 ” For in just a very little while, ‘He who is coming will come and will not delay. But my righteous one will live by faith. And if he shrinks back, I will not be pleased with him.’ “

The writer of Hebrews is paraphrasing  Habakkuk 2:3-4 in this passage.  He’s stressing that our spiritual walk is made up of  constant, focused, decisions to trust and obey the Lord…even when we can’t see change.  He warns us against retreating or drawing back from trials simply out of  fear.  If you’re in the middle of a storm today,  don’t allow fear to rule your life…don’t hesitate when apprehension rises in your throat…rather make a conscious decision to listen to that still small voice of the Holy Spirit and walk by faith.

Isaiah 25:1 ” O Lord, You are my God; I will exalt You and praise Your name, for in perfect faithfulness You have done marvelous things, things planned long ago.”

Elsewhere in Isaiah it says, “The Lord Almighty has sworn, ‘Surely, as I have planned, so it will be,  and as I have purposed, so it will stand.’ ”  Lord, I give You thanks and trust that everything, both big and small,  that happens in my life has been prepared long ago.  Each wonderful, miraculous, and extraordinary thing that has and will happen to me  You have planned out far before I was even born.   And I know you have much more for me to be doing, and I look with eager anticipation to the future and Your plans for me.     And everyone said,   Amen.

Psalm 52: 8 ” But I am like an olive tree flourishing in the house of God; I trust in God’s unfailing love forever and ever. “

I am planted like a thriving tree in Your presence Lord…grafted securely to the root of Jesse…my dependence is on You and You alone.  I praise You Lord  for Your never-ending  mercy and kindness.  I thank You for Your everlasting and eternal love.  Amen.

Ezekiel 37:3 ” He said to me, ‘Son of man, can these bones live?’ “

The Lord had brought Ezekiel to a valley full of dry bones and asked him this question.  The only appropriate answer Ezekiel could give is, “O Lord God, You know.”  Rather running ahead of God “doing something”, Ezekiel was waiting on the Lord’s direction and working within His Will.  Many times it’s so much easier to “do something” rather than to just trust in the Lord and wait on His timetable.  What we see as good works and “helping” God is more panic than inspiration.

Psalm 44: 6-7 ” I do not trust in my bow, my sword does not bring me victory; but You give us victory over our enemies, You put our adversaries to shame.”

We can’t put our trust in others.  Our security can’t be found in our  shrewdness or the most noblest of acts.  For the confident expectation we seek can only be found in God.   Zechariah 4:6 states, ” Not by might nor power, but by My spirit, says the Lord Almighty.”  Our victory can only be in and by the Lord.

John 1:12 ” Yet to all who received Him, to those who believe in His name, He gave the right to become children of God.”

As a Christian, we have the birthright and authority as children of our Heavenly Father.  We have identified and embraced the name above all – Jesus Christ…for it is only by His name we can be saved.  Thus as joint heirs, we are beneficiaries of the glorious riches and splendor of heaven.

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