In ___ We Trust
Trust in the Lord and do what is good Psalm 37:3
The events of the last 15 months have many Christians looking around at what’s happening and wondering what to do as our adversaries flourish and we are increasingly threatened.
I suspect David felt similarly as an older man. His influence and glories were by and large behind him. His enemies were flourishing and his life in jeopardy. David’s response was to pen a song that would become Psalm 37. A song that considered his circumstance quite honestly and then in Proverb-like manner, declared in a very Joshua 24:15 way (As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord), that regardless of the threat, He would choose to trust God!
How then can we as 21st Century Christians in America live in a way that reflects that same kind of trust in God?
As suggested yesterday, we can look at Romans chapter 12. Specifically, verses 9-21. In these verses, Paul provides us very actionable behavior choices that, for believers, should be given serious consideration.
Love must be without hypocrisy. Detest evil. Do what is good. Rejoice in hope, be patient in affliction, persistent in prayer. Share with your fellow brethren. Be hospitable. Bless those who persecute you. Do not repay evil for evil. Do what is honorable. Do not be conquered by evil but conquer evil with good.
How? For starters, get serious about prayer. If your prayer life is already well established, you already know how beneficial, even necessary it is to staying Kingdom-focused every day. If prayer is still a challenge for you I have good news. You can do something about it today.
If I’ve learned anything over the 40 years of my Faith Walk, it’s that not much happens beyond wishing I knew God better until I got serious about prayer. You don’t have to leap into the deep end. Start simply by reciting the Lord’s Prayer. One line at a time. “Our Father, who art in Heaven, Hallowed be thy name.” (Sorry, the KJV is memorized and I still prefer it for this text).
Now… Consider what you just said. Don’t just plow through it. Consider it. Ask yourself, do I really believe what I just said? Once you’ve thought your way through that one line, move on to the next. Out of time before you finish? No worries. Pick it up where you left off tomorrow.
Jesus and His Father expect their children to trust them. Reading Scripture and prayer is how we get to know them well enough to have faith in them. The trust that faith inspires will result in a hope that the Holy Spirit can use to spur us on to live in a way that honors God, regardless of whether or not those around us understand why we’d bother. Keep at it. You WILL be rewarded for your effort.