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Today’s Truth

When I am afraid, I will put my trust in you (Psalm 56:3, NIV).

Friend to Friend

The prophet Isaiah said, “Surely the arm of the Lord is not too short to save, nor is his ear to dull to hear.” (Isaiah 59:1) Though I know in my heart this is true, I still sometimes go back and forth between trust and worry as if God’s arms are short and his ears are dull. My friend Erica does too.

She came to my door with a package to deliver and a story to share. I signed for the package and we began to catch up. Her kids are grown. Mine are teens. Her daughter just got married. My oldest just went to college. Mama to mama we shared and cared.

“My daughter and her new husband might be moving to Chicago. I have to be honest, Gwen,” she said seriously, “I’m not doing well trusting God with this. I’m struggling with anxiousness and worry.” I listened and nodded with understanding, knowing full well the strain of worry and anxiety.

Then she perked up and shared a story that went something like this…

God impressed a message on my heart this morning that challenged and convicted me! I just have to tell you about it. I ride motorcycles. Have for years. I love the feeling of being out in the open air. It’s exciting and invigorating. When I ride, I feel vulnerable and alert. It’s risky and requires balance, it’s much more difficult than driving my car, but I ride because it energizes me and makes me feel alive.

This morning I rode my bike to work while it was still dark. I don’t usually do that because the headlight is small, so the light is dim. As I was riding, I began to thank God for allowing me to ride my bike to work. I thanked him for allowing me to feel alive and energized along the way. And as I did, He spoke to my heart. I sensed He was saying, “Erica! This is what I want my relationship with you to be like: exciting, risky, and energizing, like riding your motorcycle! But instead you take your car with me. You want to feel safe. You want to see with brighter headlights. You grasp for more control, by worrying and fretting about things you can do nothing about. In doing so, you miss out on a faith that is alive and energizing… a faith that trusts me and takes risks.”

She shared that story with tears and conviction in her eyes. We were both moved and challenged. It left me with a fresh longing for deeper faith.

I want to ride.

I want to take risks with the star-breathing, mountain moving, speak-through-a-burning-bush, unpredictable, and unsearchable Almighty God!

God doesn’t call us to a safe faith.

He doesn’t promise we will have a clear view of all that lies ahead.

God never promised us simplicity.

Instead, He invites us to embrace a vibrant faith that trusts Him. A faith that’s alive and energized, in spite of the unsteady unknowns. His arms are not too short to save, and His ears are not dull to hear. The Lord is powerful, capable, compassionate, merciful, holy, just, and faithful.

These truths should hush our noisy doubts and calm the anxieties that seek to unnerve us.

God is sovereign and His ways are mysterious.

And in the center of all of my questions this one resounds: who better to trust than God?

Myself? Hardly.

My paycheck? My medical chart? My emotions? I might as well chase the wind.

In contemplating this, I journey back to what the Bible has to say on such things.

“Live by faith, not by sight” (2 Corinthians 5:7).

“When I am afraid, I will put my trust in you. I praise God for what he has promised. I trust in God, so why should I be afraid?” (Psalm 56:3-4)

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths” (Proverbs 3:5-6).

What or who is the Lord inviting you to trust Him with today?

Let’s Pray

Dear Lord, Would You please quiet my anxious heart? Give me courage to step out in faith, beyond what I can see or attempt to control. I bring You these burdens now: ______________.
In Jesus’ Name,

Amen.

Now It’s Your Turn

READ Isaiah 41:10, “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

What would your day would look like if you believed this to be true? Spend a few moments in responsive prayer.

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GWEN SMITH is an author, podcaster, speaker and worship leader. Her online friends meet at GwenSmith.net where she helps women know and trust God more. Her podcast, GRACEOLOGIE with Gwen Smith, has fun, faith-focused, grace-filled conversations with practical tips and honest discussions to encourage women in meaningful ways to live out and lean on the grace of Jesus in the midst of cluttered, messy days.

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4 Responses to “Caught Between Trust and Worry”

  1. Dawn says:

    I really needed this today. I’m having carpal tunnel surgery in a few hours. God always brings the right word at the right time!

  2. Beth says:

    WHOA. This is my SELAH for today. It is the exact issue that I have been chewing on for months, no, the last year easily! Thank you for this devotional!

  3. Beth says:

    I used to live like your friend Erica. I lived like she described! Thirty years ago I pulled up roots from a secure college teaching position on the East Coast to chase a dream in California-with no solid place to land that I knew of, just the prompting of God. I pulled a U-Haul trailer behind my little pickup truck through mountains and the desert for a week straight with the Holy Spirit riding shotgun. In retrospect I hardly remember the journey, and it was fun spending time with the Lord, driving towards a new adventure and places unknown. The seven years that I spent in LA and San Diego proved to be invaluable to me. I got saved and baptized during my time there and made friends that I am still close with to this day. As a visual artist God showed me some incredible new media and led me to wonderful mentors. I found college teaching jobs and joyfully mentored my students as I built my art business. I was ALWAYS walking by faith! It was a way of life! But when my time there was done and I left the state to take a “real” job and pursue a “real” career my life changed to follow what I thought I “should” be doing as an artist and “productive adult”. Soon after arriving in Texas I did what I consider to be one of my last truly adventurous acts- I met my husband and we had a son. Somewhere over the course of the last 20 years I have slowly been losing my juice I have grown as a Believer but I’ve grown to want to feel “safe” and to be “in control” This devotional has given words to this gnawing feeling that I have had for years that something crucial is missing in my relationship with God, but I haven’t been able to find the words for it! This is IT! I want that vibrant faith again!

  4. Jessica says:

    I think this a great thing to read in this country’s troubled times. Tomorrow is a big day for our country. I myself am very worried. I know that I have to trust God that He knows the best for what is to come, despite my political choices. I have to remember: He is in control, I trust Him and I know that no matter what happens, my heart has “voted” for God and He always wins!

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