How much do I trust Him? It’s easy to preach and teach about it. But when it really gets personal, sometimes it isn’t as easy as we think.
Before you jump all over me, think about it. Most likely you’ve been there. You’ve shared the verses from Scripture to others and told them what and how to do something. But when you are in a similar situation, well somehow those same Scriptures don’t apply?
A great Bible teacher of our era who has taught for decades on the sovereignty of God would never fly to a speaking engagement because he was deathly afraid of being on a plane. He traveled everywhere by car or train.
On one speaking assignment, he took the train to Florida and his train derailed on a bridge and he found himself dangling over the everglades in railroad car. Guess what? He started flying!!!
I have found countless numbers of people who share with people who have lost a loved one that they need to trust God because He is sovereign and rejoice that their loved one is in heaven, only to find themselves in a similar situation unable to handle their grief.
We knew of a dear pastor who drilled the sovereignty of God into his congregation and when his son was killed in a tragic automobile accident, his was so wracked with grief that he had to step down from his pulpit ministry for over a year. Was God not sovereign in this situation?
The reality is, yes. God is alive and well and still on the throne. But we are fearfully and wonderfully made. Our former Maintenance Director, Ken Brown, used to say, “We are fearfully and wonderfully made, but sometimes our fearfulness gets in the way.”
We all battle fears at different levels. If you don’t think it is real, the Bible address it over 350 times. Dr. Jack Carhart used to say fear is defined as “False Evidence Appearing Real.”
This is real for me because we are flying to Israel for 11 days. I am not really fearful about being in Israel – but I am really not fond of flying. I am afraid to fly. I said it. But I am asking God to help me move from fear to faith. Pastor Hibbard says faith = Forsaking All I Trust Him.
Are you fearful today? Well I remind you of the verse I continue to preach to myself: Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9
Rejoice! Pray! Give thanks!
Written by Dr. Bill Welte, President/CEO of America’s Keswick: Bill has been married to his child sweetheart for 40+ years, and has three married kids, one that is engaged, and 10 amazing grand kids. He loves music and is an avid reader..
Daily Quote: “Our lives are full of supposes. Suppose this should happen, or suppose that should happen; what could we do; how could we bear it? But, if we are living in the high tower of the dwelling place of God, all these supposes will drop out of our lives. We shall be quiet from the fear of evil, for no threatenings of evil can penetrate into the high tower of God.” – Hannah Whitall Smith
This Week’s Verse to Memorize:
Now I rejoice, not that you were made sorry, but that your sorrow led to repentance. For you were made sorry in a godly manner, that you might suffer loss from us in nothing. 2 Corinthians 7:9