TITLE: Trust in the Lord
By james ealey
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Commitment to the Word of God brings conflict, and this is the fear we have of it. Once we commit we know that changes have to be made. Most times we don’t want to make the necessary changes to remain committed, because we have become comfortable with the results we have been getting. God’s Word challenges our comfort zones and works to elevate us to a place where we are never satisfied with doing anything our own way. But first, we must be willing to change attitude, change direction, change thinking, and change actions. These are all knitted together and you cannot expect to remain faithful unless these changes are engrafted into your life. If you purpose in your heart that “I will change for God”, not men, not women, not children, then you have given yourself the key to the door of a successful life in Christ Jesus.
Psalm 37:3 says “ Trust in the Lord, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed”.
The word trust here means to be confident in, to be bold, and to depend on for refuge. This is what God urges us to do in him. We have all experience the infallibility of man. We have even failed someone ourselves, either purposefully or non-intentionally. This failure to one another can be painful and difficult to move on from when all your confidence is placed in an individual. This is why David wrote in Psalm 118:8, “It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man”. You can be absolutely sure that the Lord will not fail you. He can never be lower than your expectation, and knowing this is what gives you the boldness you need to stand on His promises.
In the time of attack from the enemy God is our refuge. The devil is relentless in his pursuit of our souls. He is obsessed with it. He’ll never stop fighting to see us all go to that place prepared for him and his angels. Daniel 8:25 says that the he comes to “wear out the saints of the Most High”. Sometimes we feel wore out. I know I do. Attack after attack, test after test, trial after trial, and challenge after challenge can take it’s toll on the greatest among God’s people, but the refuge of God is shelter for us all. Like a hen that hides her chicks under her wing during a storm, God protects us from the rains of Satan.
He tells us to trust in Him “and do good”. The Hebrew word for good here is “tobe”. It means beautiful, better, bountiful, cheerful, fair, favor, fine, graciously, joyful, kindly, precious, prosperity, and wealth.
Confidence, boldness, and refuge in God will give us the ability to do things that are beautiful. Things that people will admire and stand in awe of, not because of who we are, but because of who He is. We will begin to do things in a better and more productive way trusting in the Lord. We’ll be more cheerful and honest in the works we do for the Lord when our confidence in Him is high. The approval and support of God will rest on our lives bringing us into the finer things in life. We’ll operate with grace and finesse in our boldness in God. Our trust in the Lord brings us to be happy and compassionate towards others in and outside the ministry. You’ll be precious in the eyes of others, valuable and profitable to those around you. The Lord will give you the power and authority to get wealth and be prosperous in spite your surroundings when your trust in Him can’t be shaken.
In doing good we will “dwell in the land and verily thou shalt be fed”. The enemy won’t be able to just come throw you out like someone delinquent in their mortgage. He can’t evict you from your blessings! To dwell means to be in a permanent residence! God is guaranteeing us that we will be in a continuous flow of blessings, spiritually and tangibly, when we choose to trust in Him.
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