Simply Trust

“Who among you fears the Lord?

Who obeys the voice of His Servant?

Who walks in darkness and has no light?

Let him trust in the name of the Lord

And rely upon his God.”

Isaiah 50:10

When faced with problems, our normal human response is to think it through, figure it out, and come with a plan. That’s a God-given ability, and is not a bad thing in itself. And yet, life’s challenges can easily defy our ability to solve them with human reason. Some of us are facing problems so deep and questions so vexing that attacking them with mere reason only exacerbates the matter. Trying to “figure it out” at that point is like a stuck car spinning its wheels in mud: the harder we try, the deeper we sink into the mud of confusion. Sometimes the only answer is to simply trust. Cease striving to work it out, to figure it out, and to find a way out of the trial; just trust your Father in heaven. We must leave the matter in His hands, and choose to trust His heart of love for us. Trust can take us where trying cannot. It draws us into the presence of God.

There’s Healing in His Presence

“When I thought how to understand this,

It was too painful for me

Until I went into the sanctuary of God;

Then I understood…”

Psalm 73:16-17

The psalmist knew he needed to run to the “sanctuary” – the place of God’s presence – for help and healing. You and I are just the same: some things only become clear when we are resting in the presence of the Lord. There’s peace of mind and healing for our wounded hearts as we draw near to His heart of love for us.

It’s no surprise, then, that the enemy fights so hard to keep us from the Lord’s presence. He uses the very battles we’re facing to whisper accusations of God’s heart for us, such as “If God is so good to you, why did He allow ______ to happen to you? Why would He allow you so much pain? Why wouldn’t He bless you the way He’s blessed others? Look at how well things are going for them – what does He have against you?”

The accuser can be pretty effective sometimes, and such questions prove “too painful” for us to answer. That’s when we must be like the psalmist and run “into the sanctuary” – into the presence of the Lord. There His love answers our hearts more deeply than the questions troubling our minds. We may not come away understanding the “why” of our situation, but we find ourselves resting in His love and able to trust Him again.

Some questions won’t be answered until we see Jesus face to face. The One who died for me deserves my absolute and unreserved trust, including when His ways don’t appear to make sense. My brothers and sisters, let us simply trust Him… Trust His will, trust His ways, trust His wisdom, and trust the Man who died for us. The Day is coming when we will see, we will know, we will understand all things clearly (see 1 Corinthians 13:10, 12). Until then, let us choose to simply trust His heart of love.

Much love in Jesus,

Pastor Matthew (Casey) Langston

© Springs of Life Ministries, 2017

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