Living by Faith in a Tumultuous World

Our world is full of so many tumultuous things. There is rampant anger, division, ethnic tension, partiality, political differences and upheaval, economic woes and physical losses associated with a pandemic. How do we as people of faith live in this world today? Lord, how should we approach life at the beginning of 2021?

I recently began asking the Lord how do I live as His child in this current world? And the message that came loud and clear repeatedly through His Word was, “Trust“.

I began studying Bible verses and passages on trust. As I did began seeing a theme or pattern emerging. I need to trust God with all details on my life and let Him direct rather than rely on my puny strength or limited understanding.

5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.
6 In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.
7 Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD, and turn away from evil.
8 It will be healing to your flesh and refreshment to your bones. – Proverbs 3:5-8

3 Trust in the LORD, and do good; dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness.
4 Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.
5 Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him, and he will act. – Psalm 37:3-5

As I studied these passages, I found the Hebrew word for trust is “galal” and means to roll, roll away , trust. As Charles Spurgeon wrote in his Treasury of David on Psalms 37 passage we are to “roll the whole burden of life into the Lord.”

So as I live in today’s world this passages showed me several things I can do which all relate to surrender and relationship with God.

1. Trust God

– Do I roll into Him all my burdens, cares, fears, business, relationships, desires and needs?

2. Acknowledge God in all my ways

– Do I acknowledge His presence and power in every step of my life?

– Do I seek God’s guidance and leading for each area and every day?

– Are my plans based on what God is leading me to do or what glorifies Him or just on my own selfish desires?

I know I have much room for growth and change with all these questions. I pray 2021 will help my grow much in those areas.

Has God given you a word or focus for 2021? I would love to hear it.

Blessings,

Deb

P.S. Oops! This post was done in early January and got left in my drafts rather than my publishing it.

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