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Day 17 – Issue 17

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Be Still Know

Psalm 33:9 NLT

‘For when he spoke, the world began! It appeared at his command.’

Maintaining an active faith in God is tough. I can with all sincerity live with an acknowledgement of the truth of God. I can be familiar and confident in all his promises – and yet this can remain theoretical. I can still be suspicious over the extent to which my future is entrusted to God’s promises.

One great difficulty I experience is separating my own insecurities and desires from confidence in God’s ability to take care of me. While the world I live upon is exceptionally solid and substantial, it was itself the product of God’s spoken word alone. Setting aside the precise process deployed, can I summon up sufficient faith to declare with confidence that God’s word is sufficient in and of itself to produce this universe?

With big question marks fracturing my faith, I can hedge my bets, trusting God yet also seeking to make provision, just in case his word is not quite as powerful as scripture asserts! Living this way means I fall foul of St James’ description of a double-minded man (see James 1:8). I appear to hold two conflicting views at the same time. James describes my condition as ‘unstable’.

Living this lifestyle means that statements of great faith are matched by thoughts and actions of deliberate self-preservation.

Perhaps you can relate to this unstable pattern? The question is, will you and I choose to move on and live entirely for God? ‘Is it possible to move beyond such instability?’ you ask. You will never know until you try. Yet, in trying, you must face with honesty your doubts and the well-developed mechanisms for self-deceit you have developed to shore up your self-image of a person of faith.

This is the battle I’m in. Wondering about the true extent to which I can entrust myself to God, when every other societal indicator, from media through friendship, suggests a different outcome. Fear rises to the surface as I ponder Jesus’ oft-repeated statement, ‘Fear not!’

QUESTION: How do you find trusting God with your complete life – health, finances, opportunities, family?

PRAYER: Jesus, my helper, my shepherd, my saviour, my Lord, help me trust you with all that I am and have. 

Written by: Matt Weet

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