I went to EM15 with a deep desire for answers and direction about certain situations.
As I knelt in worship during the Saturday morning session, I felt Him whisper ‘you came looking for answers instead of looking for Jesus’.
I want specific answers. I want clear directions. I want writing on the wall. I want neon signs. I want a personal telegram!!
John Ortberg writes “If you want to walk on water, you’ve got to get out of the boat“. Maybe it’s where I live, but I want a gigantic causeway of stones to rise up out of the water so I know there will be somewhere firm to put my feet before I put a foot out of the boat.
I’ve been looking in the wrong place. I’ve been seeing things from the wrong perspective.
I need to keep looking to the One who is calling me out of the boat.
I need to look for Jesus.
The way ahead is not my safe place.
He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; he is my God, and I trust him. (Psalms 91:2 NLT)
The way ahead is not my hope.
My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness;
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
But wholly lean on Jesus’ name.
On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;
All other ground is sinking sand.
When all around my soul gives way,
He then is all my hope and stay.
By Edward Mote (1797-1874)
The way ahead is not my security.
It is God who arms me with strength and keeps my way secure. (Psalm 18:32 NIV)
For me this looks like …
… not stressing about where I’m supposed to ‘work’ at the minute, but asking ‘Where are you working, Father?’ and being a partner in that.
… not striving to get more, but being open to His opportunities to give away what I already have.
… not living life ‘on hold’, but living life in His hold.
… not questioning the season I am in, but trusting that whatever it looks like God is in it with me.
What does it look like for you?
Pete Greig says “We can’t change our circumstances, but we can change our relationship with those circumstances“.
I know I’m not the only one learning to T R U S T beyond the circumstances.
Trust looks different for each of us in our different circumstances so I’ve asked a few friends to share their experiences of learning to trust God over the next few weeks.
When we share our stories, we encourage each other. I pray that their stories of T R U S T will encourage you too.
“But blessed are those who trust in the LORD and have made the LORD their hope and confidence. They are like trees planted along a riverbank, with roots that reach deep into the water. Such trees are not bothered by the heat or worried by long months of drought. Their leaves stay green, and they never stop producing fruit. (Jeremiah 17:7-8 NLT)