“Blessed are those who trust is in the Lord, whose trust is the Lord.” (Jeremiah 17: 7)
I have always loved the above scripture. Throughout my life when I have been waiting for some important occurrence I have stopped to reflect upon these words. They bring comfort and peace to me in the face of uncertainty as I wait upon the Lord for the fulfillment of a dream.
The scripture has two thoughts for me. One, we are to trust IN the Lord, and secondly, that our trust IS the Lord. To experience the new life and grace available to us IN the Lord we most certainly need to connect with all the power and possibility that IS the Lord. It may be a subtle distinction, but one that is so powerful.
We all have times of uncertainty, and maybe even discord, as we seek to make decisions about our lives and our futures. Which choice should we make, what road do we take as we reach that fork in the highway, where will we find that place that will ultimately bring us the most fulfilling outcome?
We will always have decisions to make. We will always have before us a future that is not always crystal clear. Our scripture reminds us that our trust is IN the Lord and that our trust IS the Lord. We can rely on the presence and power of God to direct us in our decision-making and we can do so knowing that God has placed us on an exciting new journey of discovery that will always be for our highest good. Our trust is further multi-faceted for we must seek to understand the gift of God when it is presented to us. Yes, we prayed for a particular outcome and we were probably very specific about that. However, the answer we receive may be somewhat different than we expected and we must seek, in our trusting of the Lord, to recognize our answers to prayers as we receive them.
Example: I remember praying that I would receive a certain position, a job. I really wanted that, I could see it in my mind and I knew I would be good at it. Yes, hopefully in my praying and visualizing that job I would receive it as a reality in my life and it would bring me all that I desire. But what if ultimately that particular job is not the best for me? Suppose God, in infinite wisdom and knowing, understands that I would be miserable in that job and so another job is presented to me? Was my prayer not answered? Well, I suppose one could say yes, and no. No, it was not answered in the way I expected and thought I wanted it to be, but yes in that what I truly wanted was presented in my desiring a position that brought me fulfilling work, wonderful people with whom to work, a pleasant environment, minimal commute and good salary. Get the difference? Yes, the prayer was indeed answered and in a beautiful and exciting way. Recognizing the answers to our prayers, and giving Spirit/God thanksgiving for those answers, is a powerful declaration of our trust, faith and belief in the power of God.
Most often I find that the clearest way to making new decisions and choices is found in entering the silence, that beautiful, wondrous place within where God dwells in all of Spirit’s fullness and glory. From that place of peace God can be revealed to us, through us and as us. Our eyes are opened to new and exciting possibilities and we can move forward with confidence and peace. Our trust IS the Lord now and always.
Affirmation: “I place my trust in the divine presence of the Lord and clarity, peace and right outcomes are revealed.”
Rev. Jefferson Beeker
We live our lives one thought at a time. Let each of those thoughts really count for something wonderful.
Be prepared to change your thinking and change your life.
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