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Sunday, November 25, 2018

Thoughts from the Past - Thoughts On Safety and Trust




Psalms 11:1 In the LORD put I my trust: how say ye to my soul, Flee as a bird to your mountain?

One of the curious things about safety is that no matter how safe you actually are, if you don’t feel safe you won’t believe you’re safe. My mom remembers years ago a brother in Christ taking her family to a Jewish neighborhood in a large U.S. city. This was probably sometime in the 1950s. As they drove through the area they noticed that the houses were closed, the blinds or curtains were pulled shut. People were not on the streets or in the yards. There were no children playing outside in an era when that was even more common than today. It was quiet and lifeless. The man told them that these people were still afraid because of the terrible experiences many of them had had in Europe during WW II. They were safe in their new country; they could have been enjoying life and their neighborhood -- but they were afraid.

How many of us live our lives like that spiritually or emotionally? We close ourselves away from all others because of some bad experience we had, or because of some danger we imagine may be present, when in reality we are in a place of perfect safety “in Christ.” Some cut themselves off from normal interactions with people or hide away in remote places because of fear. Granted, there are times and places when we may not be “safe” from the harms that come in this life, but I’m speaking of the fear that sometimes dictates our actions where there is no real danger.

I once knew a lady who was afraid to hand out tracts because she thought some terrible thing was going to happen to those who did, that “they” would shortly round us up and do great evil to us if we exposed ourselves like that. Might it happen at some point? Maybe, but that was nearly 20 years ago! Twenty years to be afraid to witness for Jesus because of the “imminent” persecution, which, though it may be nearer, still hasn’t come – not in the form she was expecting. Friends, this is not the way God intends for us to live. Being sober and vigilant of the adversary (1 Peter 5:8) does not mean that we refuse to obey the Lord’s command to go and preach the Gospel because something “bad” might happen. And, it gives a very wrong impression for a Christian.

Proverbs 28:1 The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are bold as a lion.
It comes down to this – no matter how much safety God gives us, if we don’t trust Him, we can’t enjoy it.

Trusting


You ask how you learn to trust Him?
Dear child, you must just let go!
Let go of your frantic worry,
And the fears which plague you so;
Let go of each black tomorrow
Which you try to live today;
Let go of your fevered planning,
He knoweth all your way.
Fear not lest your slipping fingers
Let go of your Savior too;
Trusting is only knowing
He’ll not let go of you!
Martha Snell Nicholson

Psalms 9:10 And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, LORD, hast not forsaken them that seek thee.

Psalms 91:2 I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.
John 16:33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

The Double Clasp


The Saviour's hand - how close its hold,
That none can loosen, none can break.
No powers of heaven or earth or hell
That loving clasp can ever shake.
And over Jesus' wounded hand
The Father's hand of strength is laid,
Omnipotent to save and keep;
Thus is our surety surer made.
So, one beneath and one above,
Father and Son their hands unite.
How safe, how safe the ransomed are
Within that clasp of tender might!

Annie Johnson Flint

John 10:28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. 29 My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand. 30 I and my Father are one.

I wonder how much fuller, richer, more productive and more restful our lives would be if we really understood how safe we are in the tender grip of God.
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This video does not have the best sound quality, but I like what the young man said at the beginning. Plus, I appreciated hearing this from an Indian – someone who is in a place that North Americans would generally consider much less “safe” than our world for various reasons.



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Originally published here Oct. 2015







7 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for sharing this. One of the big things that has kept me from trusting in the Lord is I have difficulty accepting love. Once I opened my heart to Christ, the flood of trust came. Praise God for his gift of trust!

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    1. Thank you for stopping by and commenting, Lexie. It is interesting that I've recently read things by two different ladies about how they had to learn to receive God's love and how that changed their lives dramatically in some way. Accepting God's love and finding that brought trust reminds me of 1 John 4:18, There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.
      When we don't trust, we naturally fear.

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  2. WOW! Only the dear Lord knows how much I needed to read this tonight. All of this post ministered to me, but this part REALLY hit a nerve, "It comes down to this – no matter how much safety God gives us, if we don’t trust Him, we can’t enjoy it." This is SO, so true! Our church sermon this morning was along these lines, also, and I know God is trying to get me to release my fear and anxiety. Sometimes, I don't know how to do that other than to keep putting my cares in His hands over and over. Maybe one day I will trust Him like I should. HE brought to my mind recently that when I am not trusting Him it is like I am suspicious of Him and it is like I am comparing Him to humans, and that is not fair. He is not a man that He can lie. Mom always told me that there are three things God cannot do. He can't lie, He can't fail, and He can't change. I know the truth but I have such a hard time releasing the anxiety to Him. Thank you for being faithful to share what He places on your heart. You are a blessing to me, my friend. God bless you and your family during this Christmas season.

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    1. I am amazed and humbled. I was looking for another post to re-share Sunday evening and came across this one first and just sensed that it was right because in rereading it it spoke to me. How great is our God!

      Thank you for sharing your thoughts too. I know how difficult it is to let go of worry and anxiety. I have passed through those times when it is a moment by moment battle to leave things in His hands. The harder times seem to come and go in life and your family has certainly been through a lot over the last few years or so. God grant you courage and strength to stay in the fight and rest in Him.

      I pray the Lord blesses you all with health and peace throughout the winter season. It can be a difficult time when the lack of physical light affects our outward body, making some of us feel weaker in mind and spirit. If you think your struggles might be worse in the winter I do recommend a light. My therapy light has been a God send. I didn't even realize I was having Seasonal Affected Disorder until one particularly bad winter when the mental darkness obviously receded as the days lengthened. The struggle is surprisingly real.

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    2. Oh, and I also struggle with worries over safety too! It is something that is so hard to overcome where our nearest and dearest are concerned.

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  3. QUERIDA HERMANA EN CRISTO, LE ENVIE UN COMENTARIO ANTERIOR PERO NO FUE POUBLICADO, ¿TIENE ALGUN PROBLEMA CON ESTO? CADA TANTO LE ESCRIBO Y A VECES NO APARECEN MIS COMENTARIOS, ESPERO QUE SEAN DE SU AGRADO, SIEMPRE LEO SU BLOG Y ME GUSTAN LOS HIMNOS QUE PUBLICA, ALGUNOS LOS CONOZCO, ¿USTED SE CONGREGA EN LA IGLESIA EN LA QUE CANTAN LOS HIMNOS? ¿QUE DENOMINACION TIENE? YO SOY CRISTIANA, SEGUIDORA DE CRISTO, SIEMPRE ME CONGREGUE EN UNA IGLESIA EVANGELICA. BENDICIONES.

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    1. I posted some of your comments tonight. I have been having difficulties keeping up with things. We have been sick and also we were busy with family visiting over Thanksgiving weekend. Also, I have had some other health problems and have had more doctor appointments than usual.

      We fellowship with an Independent Baptist church here in Texas. I have used a few videos of their music but not many because the sound is not always very good.

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