Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Trusting God By Catherine Marshall LeSourd

"Commit your way to the Lord, roll and repose each care of your load on Him; trust, lean on, rely on, and be confident in Him, and He will bring it to pass."
Psalm 37:5 

*"This is my husband Len's favorite verse of the entire Bible. He has leaned on this passage in recent years while making the switch from editing a magazine to publishing Christian books.  There is much in Scripture stressing our need to have faith in God. The above verse takes us a step further. It not only admonishes us to trust, it promises that when we do, God will act in a supernatural way to answer our need.  Dwell on that for a moment. We trust, God's acts. A mind-blowing premise.

Catharine Marshall LeSourd

Yet, total, all-out trust on our part is not as easy as it first seems. There are periods when God's face is shrouded, when His dealings with us will appear as if He does not care, when He seems not to be acting like a true Father.  Can we then hang onto the fact of His love and His faithfulness and that He is a prayer-answering God?

Can we get to the point Habakkuk reached: "Though the fig tree does not blossom, and there be no fruit on the vines...Yet I will rejoice in the Lord...! (Habakkuk 3:17)

Can we, at the moment when His face is hidden, exult in the God of our salvation? "The Lord is my Strength, my personal bravery and my invincible army."  (v.19)

"...the temptation is there to "give up" and not to trust Jesus. We must resist that temptation in the midst of our very real human helplessness, "roll" the entire burden onto His shoulders, as He bade us to do, step out and take the first step with bare, no-evidence-at-all faith.

And lo, He does take over gloriously, doing what we literally cannot do for ourselves."

*Excerpts from the chapter, "Trusting God"
From the book, "A Closer Walk"
By Catherine Marshall LeSourd
@1986 By Calen, Inc.

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