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Day 17 – Issue 13

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Be Still Know

John 14:1 NLT

‘Trust in God, and trust also in me.’

Immediately after Jesus tells his followers not to let our hearts be troubled, he says ‘trust in me’, or as the NIV and many other translations put it; ‘believe in God; believe also in me’. We often think of trust and belief as an operation of the mind with practical implications for our actions. There is some truth in this since we process our understanding of life and decide what we shall do through our minds. Yet, the word ‘believe’ also contains ideas of love and belonging within it. So belief engages both mind and heart.

Each of us was created by God in our mortality, and also gifted with the potential for spiritual relationship. Consisting of both the dust of the earth and the breath of God, we are always dependent upon the creator for our very existence. So, strangely perhaps, the only way I can successfully manage my troubled and troubling heart, my deepest anxieties and fears, is to believe in God; choosing to accept the truth that this God who I behold by faith, and see in reality in the life and work of Jesus on the earth, is in fact the fullest answer I will ever find for all that ails me in this world.

I have been so often ‘all at sea’, cast adrift from my previous certainty and faith-filled responses. Yet I chose to hold fast to the reality that God was closer at hand than I knew or felt, while acknowledging the reality of God’s loving provision and responding with as much love as I could muster, a love that was anything but consistent in intensity, yet which I kept alive as a desperate man maintains the faintest glimmer in the fire that is his only guarantee against freezing to death.

Believing is an action of both heart and mind; it is one that we choose to make and there are times when the choosing is really hard and requires a conscious act of will.

QUESTION: Reflect upon your baptismal promises and affirm once more that you believe in God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.

PRAYER: My Lord and saviour, in you I trust, in you I hope, because only in you am I fully free.

Written by: Matt Weet

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