When I was a teen, I came across a scripture that has become a foundation for all I do:
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and he will make your paths straight.” (Proverbs 3:5-6, NIV)
What does it mean?
It means to look to Him in everything, entrusting your feelings, your desires, your wants, your gifts and talents, your lack, your all, to Him. Having a foundation built on His steadfastness. I have been trusting him for myself, my spouse, for our children, for our finances, for a home, for direction, and for those around us, for over 30 years now. It has been quite the journey! His word has proven true. We have never gone without. He has always been there, and is strong enough to take on whatever we face. I need that so desperately. There is such a peace and rest in seeing him work on my behalf.
I have a picture in my mind that I refer to often, especially when there are days I want to falter. I am down at the beach, standing on a jetty. The wind is blowing, the waves are crashing around me. Yet, I couldn’t feel safer, knowing that I am on top of something solid that takes most of the hits, and I receive only splashes of water. My hands are raised in praise to God and my eyes are closed in complete trust, soaking in the sun upon my face. God is the rock that I am standing on. He is right there, supporting my footing, and taking the brunt of all I face. The sound of the ocean pounds in my chest, reminding me how much more powerful my Father is than all that is coming my way. It brings such a calm, a strength — and hope.
I never realized how much I would need Him!
Winds of change, waves of struggle and doubt, noise of distractions pounding at the door. I often think about Israel. they had everything, and yet still wandered in the wilderness for 40 years, never receiving all that God had or desired for them. I have tried this approach and trust me, it never works! It is what spurs me to press in to all God has for me, standing on who He is, in full trust and abandonment. I don’t want to miss out on anything!
Wherever you are in your journey with the Lord, take the step to put your trust in Him. Don’t give up or let go! Stand on Him and His word. As your grow deeper in your walk and journey, you will know the rock, the chief cornerstone, the author and finisher of your faith. Enter into His rest.
Psalm 95 (NIV)
Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord;
let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation.
Let us come before him with thanksgiving
and extol him with music and song.
For the Lord is the great God,
the great King above all gods.
In his hand are the depths of the earth,
and the mountain peaks belong to him.
The sea is his, for he made it,
and his hands formed the dry land.
Come, let us bow down in worship,
let us kneel before the Lord our Maker;
for he is our God
and we are the people of his pasture,
the flock under his care.
Today, if only you would hear his voice,
“Do not harden your hearts as you did at Meribah,
as you did that day at Massah in the wilderness,
where your ancestors tested me;
they tried me, though they had seen what I did.
For forty years I was angry with that generation;
I said, ‘They are a people whose hearts go astray,
and they have not known my ways.’
So I declared on oath in my anger,
‘They shall never enter my rest.’”
Lisa Hefner is a regular writer for the Authentic Grace blog. She speaks such truth from her heart as she lets her Father speak to her. Lisa is a wife and mother of eight beautiful children and is a priceless member of the Grace Chapel family.