“I trust in you, Lord; I say, “You are my God” (Psalm 31:14).
By spending time with someone you quite often learn to trust them. Why? Because you start to know what makes them tick. You become more familiar with their words and ways. You appreciate the mutual investment of time—and that can build trust.
So it is with God.
And let me tell you this. Trust matters. We all know it’s true. When you’re in trouble, who do you talk to? Someone you trust. When you’re confused, who do you talk to? Someone you trust. When you’re feeling overwhelmed, who do you talk to? Someone you trust.
Brother Lawrence was a French monk from the 17th century. He was known for a humble-but-powerful reliance on God through each and every day of life. He spent time with God, even when he was going about his daily chores. In a short collection of his writings, he offers this penetrating insight:
“The world, the flesh, and the devil join forces and assault the soul so straitly and so untiringly that, without humble reliance on the ever-present aid of God, they drag the soul down in spite of all resistance… We must go about our labours quietly, calmly, and lovingly, entreating Him to prosper the works of our hands; by thus keeping heart and mind fixed on God, we shall bruise the head of the evil one, and beat down his weapons to the ground.”*
That is the perspective of someone who has spent time with God, and who has learned to trust God.
So spend time with God. Learn to trust him. And in so doing, you shall bruise the head of the evil one, and beat down his weapons to the ground!
Here are some ideas about how to spend time with God. Talk to him when you go about routine tasks. Admire his creation when you go for a walk. Set aside time to read the Bible. Recite some of his promises when you’re in bed or driving in the car.
When times are tough we need people to trust. As Charles Haddon Spurgeon said in the nineteen-century: “God is too good to be unkind and He is too wise to be mistaken. And when we cannot trace His hand, we must trust His heart.”**
By Matthew Ruttan
—[NEW] – “Tips for worshiping in front of a screen.” Remember when this was all novel? Well, not so much anymore. Here are some ideas so that worship remains something we DO and not just WATCH.
*Brother Lawrence, The Practice of the Presence of God (Grand Rapids: Spire,1967), 70-71
**As quoted in: John C. Lennox, Where is God in a Coronavirus World? (The Good Book Company, 2020), 62.
–“Up!” is published 5 days a week (Monday-Friday) and returns on June 15.
–Bible quotes are from the NIV.