Trusting God

Experpt from: The Imitation of Christ as written by Thomas A Kempis First Edition of the present translation 1556, reedited into modern English by Wilfrid Raynal, 1872

"Therefore, thou faithful soul, prepare thy heart to Christ thy Spouse, that He may come to thee and dwell in thee: for He saith Himself: If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. Give, therefore, to Christ free entry into thy heart, and keep out all things that may hinder His entry: and when thou has Him thou art rich enough, and He only shall suffice to thee. He shall be thy provider and defender, and thy faithful helper in every necessity: so that thou shalt not need to put thy trust in any other without Him. Man is soon changed, and lightly falleth away, but Christ abideth for ever, and standethstrongly with His lover unto the end. 

Regard not much who is with thee, not who is against thee, but be this very greatest study, that God may be with thee. In everything that thou dost, have a good conscience, and He shall well defend thee. And whomsoever He will help and defend, him no malice may hinder or grieve. If thou can be still and suffer awhile, thou shalt without doubt see the help of God come in thy need. He knoweth the time and place how to deliver thee, and therefore thou must resign thyself wholly to Him."

I know Thomas A Kempis might be a bit difficult to read at first, but if you read it several times you will find the theme to be "wholly put your trust and faith in Jesus Christ, for He will care for you." That seems to also be the theme of several of my conversations of late on e-mail...while we've been out of town on a much needed vacation, I've had some defined conversations concerning the recent attacks and current disruption in this present world and how to walk not in fear but in the assurance of the Lord. So I looked up one of my "dead guys" to read the melodic thoughts of someone totally devoted to Christ and lived it throughout such turmoil in his present life, hoping to give encouragement to those that are in this day and age struggling with fear.

When you hear the words, "don't fear, trust in God," it sounds to easy to say, but in fact when looking at the woes and wars of this world...those words can have a sound of "triteness" to them. So here are a few practical steps that I myself have to practice in order to say that I walk faithfully in Christ Jesus, while contemplating fear:

1) You all know my "go to" verses, because I've shared them on several occasions, I choose to go to those verses first: Proverbs 3:5 and 6.

2) After reciting that verse, I take a minute or two and thank the Lord (a lot of times...I talk out loud or have been know to yell it from inside my car) for all He's done for me. I find rehearsing HIS goodness, mercy, grace and love in my own life, brings my fear into a smaller portion so that I can, with the Lord's help...manage it. When I fear, I choose to rehearse HIS goodness.

3) I often, if available will go and read the letter of James. It seems to be my street language letter and easy to calm things down, but if my Bible is not around, I choose to put on praise music and sing as loud as I can (many times, again in my car) and lift my hands (I still can drive!) to give thanks. 

By this time, my fears are graciously calmed and then the biggest thing that I choose to do is...I choose to lay them at the feet of Jesus and ask Him for His sustaining power to uphold me through the present turmoil or the trial and testing yet to come. Thomas A Kempis has it so right, "...for He saith Himself: If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him." Man is soon changed, and lightly falleth away, but Christ abideth for ever, and standeth strongly with His lover unto the end." 

Make your stand for Christ and allow Him to take your fear and walk in His words and love and His design will be with each of us. "Regard not much who is with thee, not who is against thee, but be this very greatest study, that God may be with thee.  In everything that thou dost, have a good conscience, and He shall well defend thee. And whomsoever He will help and defend, him no malice may hinder or grieve. If thou can be still and suffer awhile, thou shalt without doubt see the help of God come in thy need. He knoweth the time and place how to deliver thee, and therefore thou must resign thyself wholly to Him." Let's pray for each other during these uncertain times...but certain of God!