Reflections: In God we trust
July 15, 2017
Ever pray over a U.S. coin? One of the great wisdom Scriptures of the Bible calls us to "Trust in the LORD with all our heart. In all our ways acknowledge Him, and He will smooth our paths."(Prov. 3:5-6) What part of "all" don't we understand? Trust? It can be difficult at times. We tell ourselves, Trust! But we lack hope. We tell ourselves, God will deal with it! But then we falter and begin to worry.
I wish everyone would regularly immerse themselves in the Psalms. We can sense the connection of the writers with God. We can see them hurt, angry, worrying, even asking God to bring punishments on others ("imprecatory prayers"). Yet, always drawing nearer to God while releasing their burdens at His feet. As a result of studying, it would seem that everyone should have a favorite psalm or two.
Psalm 56 can be a real blessing of comfort as we walk with David who experienced struggles just as we do. David's life was seemingly hanging by a thread when he wrote, "O God, have mercy on me" (vs. 1). Like jumping out of the frying pan and into the fire, he fled to Gath from Saul who tried to kill him twice. Only Gath was enemy territory. When the people in Gath recognized David, he "was very afraid" and pretended to be insane (1Sam. 21:12-13).
Facing challenges and tragedies we are not only filled with fears, but even tears. David showed us the way to continue to put our trust in God. First, he reminded himself: "When I am afraid, I will put my trust in you" (vs. 3). "This I know because God is for me!" (vs. 9). Second, he writes God knows and keeps track of all our sorrows. In fact, He knows every tear we shed, "You have kept count of my wanderings; put my tears in your bottle. Are they not in your book?" (vs. 8) He's fully aware of how hard things can be for us, and cares about the depth of our discouragement and suffering.
In describing heaven, the Book of Revelation, declares "Never again will they hunger; never again will they thirst. The sun will not beat upon them … For the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd; He will lead them to springs of living water (Rev. 7:16-17). Chapter 21 adds, "there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things will have passed away." (Rev. 21:3-4) Both passages include, "God will wipe away every tear from their eyes." Although it seems to say there will be no crying in heaven, I believe there will be a time when God will personally wipe away any tears that we bring with us.
When the world seems against us, we can run to God in whose "word we praise and trust." (vss. 4, 10) His power, compassion and love meet us in our need. "What can man do to me?" (vs. 11) He may not bring about an amazing deliverance in our current challenge, yet He will be with us. Resting in God's presence, we are "delivered from stumbling as we walk before God in the light of life." (vs.13)
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Pastor Bill Baltz is a member of the Carson Valley Ministers' Association.