Thursday, June 30, 2022
Yesterday’s devotional stimulated several responses from readers. Here’s one of them.
“I’ve been asking God for more faith and to help me be more faithful. He brought that to mind today as I was unexpectedly lying in an MRI machine. He showed His faithfulness to me by getting me into an open-sided machine within 2 hours of ordering the test (I didn’t have the chance to get too worked up about it). It was for my right wrist and, no, they could not put only my arm in. I asked! After 2 tries to get me in, (I’m BIG-time claustrophobic!) I was finally in for 45 minutes. I started out so panicked that I couldn’t even remember Psalms 1, which I have had memorized for years. So I just talked to God, sang songs, and quoted what scripture I could remember. By the end of the 45 minutes my left arm, that had been holding on to the outside of the machine so that I would not be dragged further in, was almost resting by my head with just my fingertips holding on. I had remembered all of Psalms 1 including my new verse in 1 Cor 2:12. I was still a little stressed but no longer panicked. God just kept reminding me that He was still there and in control and as long as I stayed focused on Him, everything was going to be OK. And it was!”
Practical applications of trust. We all experience such opportunities daily. We choose to either prod through problems feeling deprived or pass through them focused on God’s promises. Every circumstance of life is an opportunity for the practical application of trust in God.
Psalm 84:15-17 “Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim you, who walk in the light of your presence, O LORD. They rejoice in your name all day long; they exult in your righteousness. For you are their glory and strength, and by your favor you exalt our horn.”
One of my wife’s dear friends shared something her spiritual mentor had taught her – the five steps to handling tough situations.
- Give the situation to God – turn it all over to Him and trust Him with the outcome.
- Do the right thing – no matter how you are tempted to manipulate the situation for your own benefit, always and only do the right thing.
- Be honest with your feelings – tell God and tell others how you really feel. Don’t cover up.
- Tell yourself the truth – focus on what you know to be true about the situation and the people involved, and let those truths control your emotions.
- Exercise grace – always grant the benefit of the doubt.
What great advice. Write them out. Carry them with you. They will remind you to trust the faithful presence of the Lord.