TODAY’S SIGNATURE VERSE ••• When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I shall not be afraid. What can flesh do to me? (Psalm 56:3-4 ESV)
PRAISE & PRAYER PROMPT ••• Cincinnati, Ohio is nicknamed “The City of Seven Hills.” Personally, I think seven is a gross understatement. It’s a very hilly city with some “unique” roads… I use “unique” in the kindest way possible because when I lived there, I was convinced that the city planners must have been drunk when they devised the street system.
When you drive in Cincinnati, it’s not unusual to crest a hill where you cannot see what is coming on the other side. It’s a little like the city is built on a rollercoaster with some hairpin hills, dips, and rolls. It was an aspect of Cincinnati-living that made me a nervous driver because I didn’t like it when I couldn’t see over the crest of the hill. It would stand to reason then that I should have made my husband drive, but as a control freak, I was an even worse passenger in those situations.
I like to know what’s ahead. I don’t like surprises. I don’t even like surprises at Christmas.
Yesterday, I ventured out to the grocery store and down one aisle, I’d pray with confident boldness—“God, You’re good and sovereign and I know You have a plan.” Down the next aisle, I’d get weepy, “God, I’m scared… what on earth is going on? Please protect us and make this stop!” Despite my wishy-washy prayers, He gave me a moment of divine provision and a reminder of His goodness when I actually found some toilet paper!
Please understand, I have faith. It’s a moment-by-moment thing sometimes, but even when faith feels faulty, I know beyond a shadow of a doubt Who has already won. So my faith is there. But I’m still human and like every human, I have my weaknesses. My fear has its moments but I promise, my faith is stronger.
God knew we were going to face this… “hill” is inadequate... God knew we were going to face this mountain. And while we can’t see what’s on the other side, we can trust that He does. When we let Him drive, we may experience some unexpected hills, twists, turns, and dips, but it’s our job to hold on and just trust. As the saying goes, it may feel like God is going off-roading, but we need to hang on. We may be in for a bumpy ride, but He is always, always in control.
Picking a focal verse was hard so I want to share a few:
- God has a plan. In Isaiah 14:24, it says, “The Lord of hosts has sworn: “As I have planned, so shall it be, and as I have purposed, so shall it stand…”
- He is in control of life. In Job 12:10, it says, “In his hand is the life of every living thing and the breath of all mankind.”
- The world is His. In 1 Chronicles 29:11, David prayed, “Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, for all that is in the heavens and in the earth is yours. Yours is the kingdom, O Lord, and you are exalted as head above all.”
- We don’t need to be ruled by fear. Psalm 56:3-4 says, “When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I shall not be afraid. What can flesh do to me?
Today, as you pray, thank God for being bigger than our fears and thank Him that even when we don’t know where the road is headed, He does. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you hang on in faith and trust, even when things feel wildly out of control.
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