25th June 2020
great 'go to' verses
7 The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble.
He cares for those who trust in him, Nahum 1:7
I will say of the Lord, "He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust." Psalm 91:2
The above well known verses are great 'go to' verses
that can remind and comfort us when we are struggling.
God is good; we can go to him in times of trouble,
he will care for us if we trust in him.
I know deep down that I can trust God;
I can rely on him, I can depend on him.
So why is it that, too frequently, I find myself becoming overwhelmed
trying to control situations and fix things for myself?
When life gets hard,
why do I wonder if God is blind to all that is going on in my life?
Does any of this resonate with you?
The story of Asa, King of Judah, gives us a salutary lesson on this subject.
Chapters 14, 15, 16 of 2 Chronicles tells the story of Asa, king of Judah.
In the first two chapters God gave Asa 'rest on every side.'
because of his dependence on God.
He even gave Asa a victory against a 'massive army'.
Yet in chapter 16 when King Asa is faced with border conflict with the King of Israel,
he has a surprising shift in behaviour and tries to fix it himself.
The ultimate result?
Unrest for Asa and his people and an unfortunate end for Asa.
Just like Asa, our past professions of faith are no guarantee
that we will rely on God in the future.
Faith is an ongoing choice for us all.
God is not blind to our circumstances or our choices to trust in him.
The prophet Hanani says to Asa,
1 'For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth
to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him.' 2 Chronicles 16:9a
God sees everything that is happening.
He is an all knowing, ever present God who is continually aware of every aspect of our lives.
Not only is he aware but he is looking to strengthen us when we put our trust in him.
I wonder how differently Asa's life would have turned out
if he had depended on God as he had in the beginning.
Fear makes us forgetful,
but if we look back on how God has worked in our lives in the past
we can see and trust that what he has done before,
he will do again.
If we read through our Bibles we can see God's faithfulness woven throughout all the scriptures.
God sees, he knows, he cares, and he will act if we let him.
You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast,
because they trust in you. (Isaiah 26:3)
So let's stop running to fix things our way
so we can stop and fix our eyes on God, knowing that we can trust in him.