What is something that causes you to be fearful? How do you address your tendency to be afraid?
Flying in stormy conditions is a dangerous situation that makes many nervous. After a bumpy landing and a rough flight, I asked the pilot how he got us to the ground safely. He told me that the instrument panel is set to magnetic north and can be trusted every time. He said letting your instruments guide you helps ensure safety in a storm. If however, you rely on your feelings and instincts, you can quickly become disoriented, thinking the plane is going steady when it actually may be going down.
We all face storms in life that threaten to confuse and disorient us. It may be a tough class in your academic major, a broken relationship, a shattered dream, or someone you want to see come back to Jesus who is very antagonistic and resistant to matters of faith.
I have learned that these are times to be careful and not allow my emotions to run wild. When I am blinded by or caught up in the disappointments, I try not to simply rely on my knowledge and mortal resources. Merely reacting to circumstances in panic can be your initial impulse. But if you resist that temptation, you can find an anchor to hold onto.
Read Psalm 32.
The author, King David, writes a grateful testimony of appreciation for those who recognize their need for God’s forgiveness. He writes how “blessed” are those who have been pardoned. He adds that those who experience a renewed relationship with their Creator are also receptive to God’s rule in their lives.
David says that God freely forgives those who trust Him. Why would someone not further consult and rely on God for guidance after He alone restored their broken relationship with Him?
David urges his listeners in verses 8-10 to not return to their old ways of distrusting the Lord. But to trust add obedience! Followers of God must be wiser and more open to God’s will and direction than horses or mules.
God wants each of us to rely on His guidance. His Word is packed with wisdom from front to back that can assist us with living life well. All 66 books have something to help us be “anchored in Christ,” just like the airline pilot uses his instruments to rely on.
God’s Word is a lamp to our feet and a light to our path (Psalm 119:105). Think about it – where God leads is always right! That’s why David ends Psalm 32 with a final word to let the praise of God emanate (or resound) from your lips and life. He added in verse 10 that the unfailing love of God surrounds the man or woman who trusts in Him.
Grow devotionally. Go to your Bible and trust God to guide you. He promised in verse eight, “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go.” My pastor told me long ago that, “the closer we walk with God, the clearer we will see His guidance.”
Love is a verb,
©2018 by Mike Olejarz