He is Trustworthy

“I lift up my eyes to the hills.
    From where does my help come?
My help comes from the Lord,
    who made heaven and earth.

He will not let your foot be moved;
    he who keeps you will not slumber.
Behold, he who keeps Israel
    will neither slumber nor sleep.

The Lord is your keeper;
    the Lord is your shade on your right hand.
The sun shall not strike you by day,
    nor the moon by night.

The Lord will keep you from all evil;
    he will keep your life.
The Lord will keep
    your going out and your coming in
    from this time forth and forevermore.”

Psalm 121

. . . .

It is often difficult to look to the Lord in times of need. It is easy to rely on experiences to be the guides. They have happened, they can be looked to, they can be tested. Or so it seems.

What has occurred in the past makes sense. One can see what happened and what the consequences are.

Reliance upon God, well that’s a little different.

Fully placing my trust in God’s unending love is, at times, exhausting. I have to continually go before Him and say, “Okay. You said this is what’s up, so help me trust you in it.” It’s not easy to trust the maker of the heavens and the earth. He is so beyond the realm of human comprehension that it is near impossible, at times, to remember that He cares deeply about each person on this earth. You and I, we are included in that list.

He knows each of us by name.

Our God, He is familiar with all of our ways. All of them. Not some, all.

Do you know what that means? He knows when we sit down. He knows when we rise up. Before a single word crosses our lips, He knows and understands it. He know why it was said, often better than we do, ourselves!

He knows our moments of victory, and our moments of failure. He knows our times of fear, and our times of faith. He has given us love and grace in the midst of our fears and failures. He has no presumption that we will act perfectly in all that we do. In fact, He knows that the opposite is true. Yet, somehow, for some reason, He has chosen us. The misfits, the failures, the brokenhearted, the empty. He has called those with nothing in themselves, and with certainty of that fact, to be His very own.

It is like in the story of Gideon. God took a fearful man who knew that he had nothing in himself, and He placed him in charge of a small scraggly army. This army was already small in comparison with the Midianites, and God told Gideon to make it smaller, twice! God asked Gideon to lead the army in ways that made no sense, and yet, all that God said would happen did.

God takes the small, the humble, and uses them in such ways that there is absolute certainty that He was the one in charge.

Despite the many struggles that come up in this bittersweet life, God is with us guiding every step of the way.

. . . .

“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm.”

Ephesians 6:12,13

. . . .

“When I can’t see You I know You’re there
When I can’t feel You I will not fear
I will trust in You and I will not be afraid.
When the battle is close at hand
Though You’re with me and help me stand
I will trust in You and I will not be afraid.

When the darkness is close at hand
And I’m running against the wind
I will trust in you and I will not be afraid.
When I’m standing upon that shore
All the battles I’ve gone before
I will trust in you, and I will not be afraid.”

- Jeremy Camp

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