"ONLY TRUST HIM"
"They that trust in the Lord shall be as mount Zion, which cannot be removed, but abideth for ever"-Psalm 125:1
It is difficult for us to trust in the Lord, to put our lives, our hopes, our fears and our labors in the hands of another. Yet, there is a great peace given to those who do so: they cannot be removed. This does not mean that we should not pray for a desired end, nor does it mean that we should sit on the stool of do nothing. David fought the Philistines, but he prayed. The apostles trusted in the Lord, yet they were busy in their righteous endeavors to serve the Lord and promote His kingdom. It also does not mean that we should go about life, ignoring God and forgetting to pray for our daily bread. Trusting God means that we live up to the light that we have been given and leave the rest in the Lord's hands. It means that we should not live our days in fear. If we have been trusting in the stock market, in the economy, in our national defense, surely we have much to fear. But to trust in the Lord of hosts, that is a something solid and unmovable. And that is the thought. When we learn to trust in something unmovable, something which cannot be removed we become so attached to Him that we can not be removed either. We can put too much trust in self. We can become so bent upon personal pursuits and desires that we have forgotten the Lord's will for our lives. We can be as Saul of Tarsus, who kicked against the pricks to his own hurt. Surely, trusting in the Lord is a difficult task. If it came natural to us there would be no reason for the Lord to encourage us by His word to do so. And what about our prayers? Have we prayed and then placed it in the hands of One who can answer with fire? Elias prayed that it would not rain and the Lord withheld moisture from the skies for three and a half years. And though some may say that this man was a prophet and could pray so, James reminds us that he was a man subject to like passions as we are. In other words, he was a sinner too! Surely, if the Lord only heard and answered the prayers of the perfect, none would be heard. I believe the Lord hears the cries of the drunkard who desires to be free from his taskmaster and responds with power to overcome. The bible says that He sets the captives free and lifts the beggar from the dunghill to inherit thrones of glory. And what about our salvation? Have we trusted in the Lord for this, or have we trust in the imperfect works of our own hands? Is our trust in our own merits, or the merits of Christ? Have we trusted in the blood of Jesus for the price of our redemption or are we trying to pay with vain traditions and ceremonies? What great peace is found when we can trust in the finished works of Christ! As the songwriter has written, "Nothing in my hand I bring; simply to the cross I cling." Did He not say, "they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand"? Such great comfort is found in a simple, childlike trust in our heavenly Father. We must pray, but we must then trust. We must do all that is expected of us, all that is scriptural, then we must trust. We must place the future in the hands of one who unfolds history like a flag and waves it before the unbelievers. Are you trusting Him today? Lord, help us to do so today and find the peace which passeth understanding! Amen.