So I opened my Bible and prepared to do my daily Bible reading.
I read verse one. Mhm, good verse, of course. Talking about what rebellion and iniquity costs us.
Then I read verse two.
He then goes on to expatiate upon how great He really is.
“Behold, at My rebuke I dry up the sea,
I make the rivers a wilderness:
their fish stinketh, because there is no water,
and dieth for thirst.
I clothe the heavens with blackness,
and I make sackcloth their covering.”
Only an All-Mighty, Powerful God can do that.
So often, when I’m in trouble, my first instinct is to do what I can to fix it, and then to go to other humans for help—humans just as fallible as I am.
And yet God stands by just waiting for me to run to Him so He can arrange it all and show me how He’s got it all worked out.
Why are we so slow to go to Him? Do we not believe He is powerful and able to deliver? Why do we ignore all His persistent, gentle calls to ‘trust in the Lord’ and ‘cast thy burden’ and ‘be still and know’?
I’m reminded of the story in Genesis when Ishmael and his mother were lost in a desert without water.
“And she went, and sat her down over against him a good way off, as it were a bowshot: for she said, ‘Let me not see the death of the child.’ And she sat over against him, and lift up her voice, and wept.
“And God heard the voice of the lad; and the angel of God called to Hagar out of heaven, and said unto her, ‘What aileth thee, Hagar? fear not; for God hath heard the voice of the lad where he is. Arise, lift up the lad, and hold him in thine hand; for I will make him a great nation.’
“And God opened her eyes, and she saw a well of water; and she went, and filled the bottle with water, and gave the lad drink.”
Hagar’s reaction was doom and despair and tears. Ishmael’s was to call upon The God Who Seest Me. (Genesis 16:13) And God delivered, then and after.
I’m also reminded of God’s declarations throughout Scripture of how vain it is to count upon men.
You can’t state that any plainer. WOE unto them who go elsewhere for help, who trust in earthly things, and who don’t turn to the Lord!
“Yet He also is wise,
and will bring evil,
and will not call back His words:
but will arise against the house of the evildoers,
and against the help of them that work iniquity.”
And why, why should we not trust Him? He is the only Wise one, and the One who brings justice and stops the evildoers! It takes time, but it will happen at the right moment!! The scriptures are full of this promise!!! Read the Psalms, read Isaiah—you will see!
Of course, the inevitable happens…. there is no true security or strength outside of God.
Really, the Bible is full of warnings and reminders about trusting in man over God. I never really thought of it seriously, but it’s quite a big deal, actually. It’s a lack of faith, which is, frankly, a sin.
“‘Woe to the rebellious children,’ saith the Lord,
‘that take counsel, but not of Me;
and that cover with a covering, but not of My spirit,
that they may add sin to sin:
that walk to go down into Egypt,
and have not asked at My mouth;
to strengthen themselves in the strength of Pharaoh,
and to trust in the shadow of Egypt!
Therefore shall the strength of Pharaoh be your shame,
and the trust in the shadow of Egypt your confusion….
For the Egyptians shall help in vain, and to no purpose:
therefore have I cried concerning this,
“Their strength is to sit still.”’
For thus saith the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel;
‘In returning and rest shall ye be saved;
in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength:
and ye would not.
But ye said, “No; for we will flee upon horses;”
therefore shall ye flee:
and, “We will ride upon the swift;”
therefore shall they that pursue you be swift.’”
(Isaiah 30:1-3, 7, 15-16)
Compare these two images, now…
“Thus saith the Lord;
‘Cursed be the man that trusteth in man,
and maketh flesh his arm,
and whose heart departeth from the Lord.
For he shall be like the heath in the desert,
and shall not see when good cometh;
but shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness,
in a salt land and not inhabited.
Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord,
and whose hope the Lord is.
For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters,
and that spreadeth out her roots by the river,
and shall not see when heat cometh,
but her leaf shall be green;
and shall not be careful in the year of drought,
neither shall cease from yielding fruit.’”
There are so many reminders to trust in God and have hope. Again, the Psalms and Isaiah are jam-packed with encouragement and warnings.
But at the bottom, it boils down to faith. Trusting God often means waiting. Believing that He will work and good will come. Hoping against all reason to hope. Trusting in the promises He has given you.
Faith is hard.
It’s so much easier to learn on things we can see and touch and hear. But, ultimately, it is those things that are our destruction.
For our eyes should not be looking down here, but up above. We should focus on the invisible, and not on the visible.
But with the help of the Lord, it’s doable.
It doesn’t take a superhuman. It just takes faith like a mustard seed.
And faith is a simple choice.
To trust, or not to trust.
You have every reason to trust, dear heart.
Choose faith. Cultivate that faith. Choose hope. Keep believing. Keep waiting. Cultivate patience.
The results are incredible—because God isn’t hampered by our disbelief anymore.
Keep choosing faith. It’s going to be hard, but it’ll get easier. And it’s so worth it. ❤