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Today’s Truth

This is what the Sovereign Lord, the Holy One of Israel, says: ‘In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength, but you would have none of it.”

(Isaiah 30:15 NIV)

Friend to Friend

When my son Ethan was three years old, he was very afraid of going into a swimming pool. The moment his little toe touched the water, he was already screaming, “Out! Out! I want out!” But in time, and with a lot of coaxing, he could handle being in the shallow end of the pool (clinging to his daddy of course).

One day, my husband James instructed Ethan to stand at the edge of the pool and jump into his arms. Ethan was not excited at all about this new development.

Ethan did not move, his feet solidly cemented to the ground. He wasn’t going anywhere.

“Look into my eyes and trust me,” James said. “I won’t let you fall.”

With great faith and his eyes half closed, our little boy finally flung himself into his father’s arms. There were a few tears, but he emerged unscathed. And every time he jumped, it got easier and easier.

Trusting God can be difficult. It can feel like jumping into the unknown. Sometimes it takes getting to the end of our own resources and ideas to finally say to God, “I can’t do it on my own. Help, I’m jumping into your arms!”

In today’s truth, the prophet Isaiah is saying to the Israelites “in quietness and trust is your strength.” Quietness means cessation of activity. God wanted His people to be still, to come to Him and seek Him in the solitude of their hearts. But instead of ceasing, they kept striving. The following verse says the Israelites responded in the opposite manner. “You said, ‘No, we will flee on horses.’ Therefore, you will flee! You said, ‘We will ride off on swift horses,’ therefore your pursuers will be swift!” (Isaiah 30:16 NIV).

In our words, it might sound something like this, “If you want to solve your problems on your own, good luck!” But there’s good news. We don’t have to depend on ourselves. We have a Heavenly Father who is waiting for us to ask for help.

We can think our problems will be solved if we just work harder, exert ourselves, and keep trying. But God says the inward strength we need to face life’s challenges is found in quietness and trust. We can open our hearts to Christ in a quiet moment, ceasing from activity and letting the Holy Spirit supply the guidance.

We just have to trust and sometimes that means taking a leap.

We have a choice just like the children of Israel. We can choose to repent, cease our striving, and come to God in quietness and trust. Or we can choose to depend on our own resources, to ride the horses of our own making into battle. We can trust the invisible all-powerful God or rely on our visible but feeble resources.

When my little Ethan closed his eyes and jumped into the pool, he was trusting his daddy to catch him. He didn’t go under the water; his dad was right there to catch him.

Even more than an earthly father, your Heavenly Father is able to catch you. There is no way you can slip through His fingers.

Let’s Pray

Dear God, I place my trust in You today about everything that’s concerning me. I know I can trust You because You sent Jesus. I rejoice because of the baby in the manger who came to take away the sins of the world. Help me to trust in You and to move forward in obedience, even when I am afraid.

In Jesus’ Name,

Amen.

Now It’s Your Turn  

What do you need to trust God about today?

Picture yourself carrying your concerns. Now give those concerns like a heavy burden over to God. Picture that God is now carrying those concerns and holding your hand as you walk side by side.

More from the Girlfriends

Instead of resting in God, many times we turn to technology for help or comfort. This is true of the girls in your life too. If someone you love is struggling with video games, YouTube, or social media, you will want to watch Arlene’s new video course, Technology and Your Girl (plus you’ll find three free videos to learn why screens are so addictive in the first place, both for girls and women).

12 Responses to “Trust the Father”

  1. Bernadette says:

    It is hard to trust God where finances are concerned. I don’t know how to release my finances and allow God to take over.
    To me the salary does not go the distance.
    I have not paid tithes in years. I just don’t know how to manage the money.

  2. Sonda says:

    Bernadette same here with finances. I’ll pray for you!

  3. When you take that first right step to give to God, it will become clearer what to do next with your finances. Thank you so much for your honesty! God bless you

  4. Donna says:

    My daughter used Dave Ramsey to guide her finances. Sometimes God puts individuals in the world to help us grow our faith, like GIG 🙂 Hoping this helps you ladies.
    As for me, I’ve been like the Israelites, running under my own strength (again). Taking a deep breathe and handing everything over to God (again).

    God wanted His people to be still, to come to Him and seek Him in the solitude of their hearts.
    Thank you for this reminder!

  5. Kathye says:

    Ohhh this was good. As I start my mornings, I pray letting God know what I need help with and give it to Him…..How quickly though I take everything right back and struggle. Thank you for this reminder to trust His way, my way for sure will not be better.

    @Bernadette when that check is in your bank. Give that first 10% and watch God multiply the rest. Sounds easy, but it is all about releasing that power to Him. God bless.

  6. Julie says:

    This is an area God has been showing me in my life TRUST!
    He has always taken care of me but for some reason my trust level is very low at this season of life. There has been so many hurts and disappointments over the past few years and it has taken its toll on my trust level. Thank you for a timely word

  7. Christa says:

    Please pray for the Lord to help Fiancées for me. I give it to him and he has a plan for me.

  8. Christa says:

    Finances

  9. Tamara says:

    Kathye is right, give 10% off the top, and watch what God will do. He doesn’t need our money, he wants us to have faith.

  10. Jacqueline says:

    I have had nowhere to go, and so i tithe and the release came, yup i have done my bit and the rest is upto God, simple as. I wont say for one minute its been easy its been a wrestle all the way but i finally believe that i cannot do the finance thing without God, i just cannot, i am not wise enough, strong enough and clever enough, and i figure if i am obedient He promises to do the rest, so 10% me and 90% HIM i think thats good enough, who am I to argue. I struggled more with my attitude, contentment and fairness.
    Love Jacqueline

  11. abby says:

    finances (I too haven’t been able to tithe like how we used to be able to. esp towards missions.( its embarrassing )/having a kid placed in home that could lead to adoption (we are foster/foster to adopt parents haven’t had a kid placed since 4 months agomainly baby-younger ones). kinda hard also when disabled and cant be like everyone else ( i cant drive/work)(life is NOT FAIR not just on the disabled thing, but cant have kids and be like everyone else). no one to really talk to don’t have close family that can vent to (my folks but thy have their own stuff…no one in hubbys family that I can talk to don’t want to bug them. don’t want to bother church family id just feel a bother and no friends (I am a loner)…..I trust and pray …and nothing.

  12. Kimberly says:

    Please pray for our son and daughter to choose others who are evenly yoked. They have great hearts and always want to help, but end up with those who are manipulative and cause drama. Prayers for our businesses to thrive and trust God to allow us to maintain and take that leap to leave corporate America.

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