Wednesday, November 07, 2018

“See I lay in Zion a stone that causes men to stumble and a rock that makes them fall, and the one who trusts in Him (King Jesus) will never be put to shame.” (Romans 9:33)

We all make choices in life; sometimes good, other times bad. Often the yardsticks we use to determine our choices depend largely on our personal judgment, experience, intelligence and knowledge or on some advice offered to us. We are better off when seek wisdom which comes from God. All the listed elements are subjective and not foolproof. They can throw us off completely.

When we put all our trust in God, who never goes wrong, we are confident that we are on the right track. “Trust in the Lord and lean not to your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight.” (Proverbs 3:5-6)

God is calling us to always lean on Him, trusting in His ability to shape our lives with the right mould and save us from all our woes. Yes, we may have our ups and downs, trials and temptations, disappointments and defeats, but we are not to lose hope. “... those who hope in the LORD shall renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”  (Isaiah 40:31)

Paul and Silas were put in prison for silencing a demon-possessed girl who for many days had been following them in Philippi shouting “These men are the servants of the Most High God, who are telling you the way to be saved.” (Acts 16:17) Her masters had been making money off her as a fortune-teller. When this happened, they seized Paul and Silas and brought them before the magistrates who ordered them to be ‘stripped and beaten’ and put in prison. That night, whilst in prison, they could be heard at midnight praying and praising God instead of lamenting or grumbling over their circumstances. They trusted in God for their delivery and they were miraculously delivered that very night. (Read Acts 16:26-40 for the detailed account)   

Three Jewish lads exiled in Babylon by king Nebuchadnezzar, refused to bow to his idols because of their strong belief in the Most High God, Jehovah. Their disobedience angered the king who ordered for them to be thrown into a fiery furnace. Because of their faith, God protected them and they survived the ordeal. “... the fire had not harmed their bodies, nor was a hair of their head singed; their robes were not scorched, and there was no smell of fire on them.” (Daniel 3:27) 

On witnessing that incident the king exclaimed: “Praise be to the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, who has sent His angels and rescued His servants! They trusted in Him and defied the king’s command and were willing to give up their lives rather than serve or worship any God except their own God.” (Daniel 3:28)

Both accounts confirm the words of the prophet Isaiah who wrote; “Then you will call, and the Lord will answer; you will cry for help, and He will say: ‘Here I am.’ “ (Isaiah 55:9) Our God is faithful, when we put our trust in Him. He answers every call. He Himself had declared through His servant the prophet Isaiah; “Then you will call, and the Lord will answer; you will cry for help, and He will say: Here am I.” (Isaiah 58:9a)

God lends an attentive ear when we cry to Him for help. His telephone line is open twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week and 365 days in the year. “The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not go tired or weary and His understanding no one can fathom.” (Isaiah 40:28b) The Lord Jehovah is always available and makes time for His children.

The psalmist puts it adequately; “Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion, which cannot be shaken but endures forever.” (Psalm 125:1) Nothing should shake our trust in the Lord because He hears us and if we are patient, He will come to our aid. When we knit strong bonds with the Lord, the storms we encounter in this world will not shake us. Like the apostles Paul and Silas and the three Jewish lads who put their trust in Him, we will proclaim with firm assurance; “You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in You.” (Isaiah 26:3)