“He will never be shaken. The righteous will be remembered for ever. He will not fear bad news; his heart is confident, trusting in the Lord.” (Psalm 112:6, 7 HCSB)
Jesus is trustworthy in all aspects. Those who looked unto Him became radiant and their faces were never put to shame. Trusting in the Lord means to believe in Him wholeheartedly. The inner strength of such a person is what is mentioned in the above verse. We will be looking closely on each one of them systematically.
First it says, “He will never be shaken.” The Psalmist says in Psalm 125:1, 2: “Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion, which cannot be shaken but endures forever. As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the Lord surrounds his people both now and forevermore.” (NIV) All Christian victories are based and rooted on God’s faithfulness and not on our own goodness or purity of heart. There is no room for any qualm if your trust is entirely upon God. But when we start relying upon our own riches, health, abilities and relationships, we openly declare that we do not believe in God anymore. A modicum of God’s goodness is infinitely greater than all the goodness of the whole human race put together.
A strenuous attempt to carry all our burdens by ourselves grieves the heart of our Father God. Remember, Jesus asked us to carry our cross and not our burdens. “Our Lord, we belong to you. We tell you what worries us, and you won’t let us fall.” (Psalm 55:22 CEV) It is stupidity to pray for the ability to fight our battles by ourselves. No, instead pray to get a heart that is willing to trust and rest in the tender mercies of God. If you repudiate God’s promise found in 1 Peter 5:7, you are establishing destruction for yourself.
As believers we live in a world which gives us troubles after troubles. There are enormous chances for us to be disappointed or even get confused with our Christian life. Being irresolute in trying times paves the way for the enemy to deceive us into making the wrong decisions. So, it is extremely important to have a clean mind that knows what needs to be done. And there’s only one thing that a believer needs to do when he is stuck between fire and flood; heed to the voice of God and get His counsel.
When we surrender our difficulties (burdens) into God’s hands, He can conflate it with His wisdom into blessing and goodness. That’s what the Holy Spirit says in Romans 8:28. For humans, living on their own is onerous. But when man gives himself wholly to God, life becomes triumphant. So, problems are a part of life, but a Christian is always on the winning side.
After having read so far, what would be your response while facing a problem? For a successful Christian life, we need to be persistent in prayer. Follow Christ tenaciously. God will take care of you, if you devote your time in seeking His face through prayer, worship and meditating on His Word. All troubles are pro tem, but triumph lasts forever. Jesus is the answer to any question that may arise in your mind while facing any difficulty.
Why? Because Jesus underwent loneliness, rejection and pain. He was bruised for our sake. When you cry, He understands you. Not only did He suffer, but also overcame sin and all its consequences, proving Himself able to lead you through victoriously.
Next we read, “The righteous will be remembered for ever.” Now many readers may ask, “I have been good to many and have helped them in trying times; but only a few remember it and are thankful.” Well, remember the story of Joseph? The chief cup bearer who was indebted to Joseph as Joseph had interpreted his dream accurately, was requested by Joseph to remember him as soon as the dream comes true. Now, those who do not know the story of Joseph, here is a short info: Joseph was send to prison for a sin he did not commit. The event took place in Egypt. During that time, Pharaoh’s chief baker and chief cup bearer committed an offense against their lord and both were put in the same prison where Joseph was. Both saw two different dreams and as Joseph interpreted each one of them, the chief cup bearer’s dream’s meaning seemed pleasing but the chief baker’s dream’s meaning was a bad news. According to the chief cup bearer’s dream, he was set free and restored to his job. Now, Joseph had asked him to remember Joseph before Pharaoh so that he might give orders to release him from the place he ought not to be in. But, as most humans do, the chief cup bearer forgot about Joseph.
Now I would not like to continue Joseph’s story. But I would like to say that even though everyone in this world forgets you, you are eternally on the mind of the Eternal God. I did not say that kings and ministers will remember you, but that God is aware and concerned about your every detail. What else do you need?
Can you recall any moment in your life when you felt the presence of God during loneliness and rejection from your dear ones? It’s true you didn’t see God face to face but it’s undeniable that you knew He was with you.
Sometimes people to whom we have done good forget us or ignore us when we are in need. Our heart gets broken at such painful moments. There are a large number of ungrateful people living and moving in this planet earth. But then why does the Bible say that the righteous will be remembered for ever? Is it a divine error? Absolutely not!
For the answer we have to first understand who is righteous. Such a person is the one who has a right standing with God. This means that he does not do what seems right in his own opinion or knowledge but only what is right in the sight of God. Logically there was nothing wrong for Adam & Eve to eat from the fruit. They did not steal anything, did not kill, did not cheat anyone, did not do anything worthy to be arrested by the police. What is wrong in eating a particular fruit? We do not know the mystery. But we must blindly believe that because God forbid the fruit, eating it was truly wrong.
Does it mean that God likes or dislikes such and such things and good and evil are defined from that perspective? I did not say that! But do you know what motivated Eve to fall into the devil’s trap? “So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate.” (Genesis 3:6 NRSV) Now read 1 John 2:16: “For all that is in the world – the desire of the flesh, the desire of the eyes, the pride in riches – comes not from the Father but from the world.” (NRSV) All these three evil factors were evident in the way Eve saw the forbidden fruit just after she was tempted.
One more example. God placed the forbidden tree right where Adam & Eve lived. Why would God place a wrong tree in a right place? It was to teach the whole mankind that human life is made better by rules and restrictions. You cannot please God by living on your own will. The same principle applies to success as well. God’s rules are to obeyed not just because God Himself gave them but because God’s instructions alone lead us to the right and correct path towards blessing and fulfillment. Do not technological and natural objects have their order of functioning? Likewise human living is also dependent on the rules that God made. So, we see, God did not make rules just for a name, but because He knows what type of lifestyle can lead us to blessing and victory.
Now we who are made righteous by the blood of Jesus Christ ought to obey God in all circumstances. Do you know when will we be remembered and recognized as distinguished people of God? “Then those who feared the Lord spoke with one another. The Lord paid attention and heard them, and a book of remembrance was written before him of those who feared the Lord and esteemed his name. ‘They shall be mine, says the Lord of hosts, in the day when I make up my treasured possession, and I will spare them as a man spares his son who serves him. Then once more you shall see the distinction between the righteous and the wicked, between one who serves God and one who does not serve him.” (Mal. 3:16-18 ESV)
The term once more denotes that this distinction was already seen before. When? When in trying times God did not abandon His children and lead them victoriously. God remembers and rewards the righteous.
Next, we read: “He will not fear bad news.” How? Because his heart is confident, trusting in the Lord. Yes, when you trust God, your heart is confident. Not self-confident but God-confident. This confidence never fails not matter whatever you are going through. Freedom from fear is not developed by human efforts; it’s when we depend on God and obey His instructions that He blesses us with the grace to overcome all fears.
Can you remember a time when you heard a bad news and fear gripped you? What was your reaction when your faith was tested? Be honest; will you now make a decision to trust in God? May God be with you.