Daily Devotional: Psalms 94:8-13
8 Take heed, you senseless ones among the people; you fools, when will you become wise? 9 Does he who implanted the ear not hear? Does he who formed the eye not see? 10 Does he who disciplines nations not punish? Does he who teaches man lack knowledge? 11 The LORD knows the thoughts of man; he knows that they are futile. 12 Blessed is the man you discipline, O LORD, the man you teach from your law; 13 you grant him relief from days of trouble, till a pit is dug for the wicked.
28 "And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?
It is so easy to say that God is in control. We even believe that he controls the nations and world affairs. Do we really believe he takes care of our daily needs and the problems we face each day? If so, why do we worry? We pray about these things; do we believe that God can handle them?
For some, this lack of trust is based on a misguided belief that God will no longer intervene with our daily affairs of life but leaves it up to us to make right decisions and do the right things. Somehow, by studying his word enough we can know all the right things to do and only in that way God directs our lives. While we are to study his word, pray for wisdom and apply it in our lives, this is not all God does for us. Many passages teach us to trust and he intervenes as needed.
This does not mean that once we say we are trusting God all of our troubles and temptations will disappear. Trusting God does not mean we will no longer get sick or have accidents. It does not mean our loved ones will not face trials either. In fact, it is by trusting God that we can face these things and ultimately face death itself with the assurance that God is in control. As we live in faith and die in faith, we have no fear of judgment because we are forgiven by the blood of Jesus.
Heavenly Father, thank you for your assurance of my salvation in Jesus Christ. It is because of your love, your compassion, your mercy and your grace that I can be your child and know my sins are forgiven. Help me use this assurance as added motivation in my life to be all you want me to be. Keep me from being selfish with what you have entrusted to me. Help me open my heart to the working of your Spirit so I will be more loving, more kind and patient and you will be glorified. Be with those who are sick and grieving. I pray in the name of Jesus.