It’s tempting to try to learn of the future … to have your palms read, consult a horoscope, peer intently into the very foggy distance. We’re concerned about what’s out there and we want to know.
It’s better to trust. “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.” Psalm 32:8 NIV
It’s natural to want to fix what went wrong. To confront the guilty party and demand justice, or at least a hearing. We feel an overwhelming need to be vindicated, to be understood, to clear the air, to prove our innocence.
It’s better to trust. “He did not retaliate when he was insulted, nor threaten revenge when he suffered. He left his case in the hands of God, who always judges fairly.” I Peter 2:23 New Living Translation
It’s easy to be afraid. To keep a loaded pistol beside our bed … to medicate our minds so they’ll quit worrying … to entertain fears that rob joy and peace. It’s a scary world we live in. There are a thousand reasons to be afraid … to be very afraid.
It’s better to trust. “I trust in the Lord for protection. So why do you say to me, “Fly like a bird to the mountains for safety!’” Psalm 11:1 New Living Translation
It’s almost an obligation to worry about whether we have enough. After all, we may need far more than we have to survive that future we can’t see. We may not have enough stuff, enough savings, enough strength for what lies ahead. It would be unnatural not to worry.
It’s better to trust. “You can be sure that God will take care of everything you need …” Philippians 4:19 The Message
It’s normal to become obsessed with our health. Systems break down … eyesight, hearing and other things we took for granted begin to function poorly. We read of new viral diseases lurking, new threats from the food we regularly eat. New life-shortening illnesses become fast-sweeping news stories. We should be deeply concerned.
It’s better to trust. “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” II Corinthians 12:9 New Living Translation
The guilt of the past still holds us hostage every day. Our heart grows weary carrying a constant burden of regrets. We struggle to find a way to deal with the sin that so easily trips us up. We’ll try anything to make the painful memories and addictive behavior go away … drugs, alcohol, a faster life-style … anything.
It’s so much better to trust. “But I will always trust in you and in your mercy and shall rejoice in your salvation.” Psalm 13:5 Living Bible
May your journey be joyful …
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