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Thursday, December 28, 2017

In Quietness and Trust

Have you ever faced something evil that has been said about you—something that is not true—something another person has misunderstood and not even asked you about?  Perhaps you have been the recipient of misunderstanding trying to help another person, and the enemy has twisted your motives. Your relationships with others is where you express the love of God in your life. It is also where misunderstanding and sometimes blatant evil put those relationships at risk. In Psalm 37:1-11, the Lord steers you safely through troubled waters, and offers direction to handle whatever comes against you.

“Do not fret because of those who are evil
    or be envious of those who do wrong;
 for like the grass they will soon wither,
    like green plants they will soon die away.
“Trust in the Lord and do good;
    dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.
Take delight in the Lord,
    and he will give you the desires of your heart.
“Commit your way to the Lord;
    trust in him and he will do this:
He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn,
    your vindication like the noonday sun.
“Be still before the Lord
    and wait patiently for him;
do not fret when people succeed in their ways,
    when they carry out their wicked schemes.
“Refrain from anger and turn from wrath;
    do not fret—it leads only to evil.
For those who are evil will be destroyed,
    but those who hope in the Lord will inherit the land.
“A little while, and the wicked will be no more;
    though you look for them, they will not be found.
But the meek will inherit the land
    and enjoy peace and prosperity” (Psalm 137:1-11 NIV).

The meek will inherit the land. The meek will receive what is meant to be theirs. Those who are humble in the Lord will receive their promise. No matter what evil they might see around them, it will one day be as nothing. What a promise. But you must have a humble spirit for it to be true. You must have a heart that seeks God instead of focuses on what you are unable to change. In these verses David outlines exactly what should be true in your life to inherit this promise.

David writes that you are not to fret. Don't worry. Trust in Him. Be assured of His faithfulness no matter what you see. Dwell in the land, and stop finding fault. Be content. Make commitments to Him. Put down roots and discover that He cares for His own. Delight in Him. Praise Him, and look for the good that He has planted in your life. And He will give you the desires of your heart.

If you commit your life to Him completely, He will vindicate you. No matter what you face or what might be said about you, He shall be your defender. You do not have to prove anything. He is your proof, and your promise. In quietness and trust you shall find your strength in Him (Isaiah 30:15). Be still and know that He your God. Wait for His promise instead of taking matters into your own hand. If you wait for Him your strength is renewed, and your peace is secured. What you see will not injure your heart. What you hear will not destroy you. What suddenly arises to destroy your peace will gain no entry, because you have committed your life to the Lord. You trust only in Him.

Commit each decision and action to Him. Trust Him, and He will take care of what you cannot. When you focus on Him, He becomes your reality instead of the deceptiveness of this world. Those who have misunderstood your heart will not steal your peace. Those who might believe the enemy’s accusations will not steal your joy. When the Lord is your truth and your purpose and your heart’s desire, nothing will prosper against you. In peace and spiritual prosperity, you will know with every fiber of your being that He is your God, and He is in control.

© Copyright 2017 Lynn Lacher


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