There is a beautiful hymn we sing in Church one of my favourites: The Lord is my Shepherd there is nothing I shall want. A line in that Hymn I am sure we have sung a hundred times -“If I walk in the darkness, No evil would I fear.” it feels good singing it because it reassures us and to some it makes them stronger . But what happens when we find ourselves in situations that challenge our assurance? We struggle to put our trust in those very same words.
Among the many struggles we go through, the tougher one is trusting God to have bring good through our circumstances and situations. We feel God can’t be trusted enough to be trusted. We operate trust on what we see and what our “feelings” or “emotions” tell us. We then process it further with what our rational mind is telling us and put our trust in that voice. But trusting God is a matter of Faith,
“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” (Romans 11:1)
For me it simply says, “I believe He is who He says He is and He does what He says He can do.”
It is very difficult for us to see the storms and the difficult situations beyond us . So our last resort is ‘Lord I trust you’ but our heart and mind and thoughts have already given birth to the fruit of our faithlessness – fear. Something significant happened lately. I was suppose to confront a brother who in a way was constantly hurting me. Determined to meet him to clear things, I had few things in mind I knew I wanted to blurt. The days leading up to the meeting date I had all kinds of ‘valid’ fear moving in my mind and around me . Of being rejected, shunned, of being more hurt, etc. All my attempts to speak peace into myself failed revealing how broken I am in need of God. God gave me grace and I began reflecting on my feelings, thoughts and desires. I realized my fear and anger resulted from lack of Love. I wasn’t going to correct him with the love of Christ in my heart but i was going to teach my brother a lesson. I turned to God fully believing He is the only one to save me from my wickedness. I asked Him to fill me with His love for this brother and He instantly did. I began desiring the best for him and I didn’t have the burden as I saw the situation through FAITH in LOVE.
Love is such an important ingredient in our walk with Jesus. Everything comes back to love. As St. Paul says in
1 Corinthians 23:13 – “So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love“.
This new year let us strive to go beyond our fears and walk with Jesus ,knowing He is who He says He is and He does what He says He can do.