Trusting in the Lord

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I trust in the Lord for protection.

So why do you say to me,

    “Fly like a bird to the mountains for safety!” Psalm 11:1

Look, either you trust in the Lord or you do not. How can you say, “I trust in the Lord for protection,” and then head for the hills in order to protect yourself? If you trust in the Lord for protection, you don’t also go out of your way to protect yourself, just in case the Lord doesn’t do His job. In other words, we don’t live in fear while we mouth pious words about trusting the Lord.

There is certainly much to cause alarm these days, what with the pandemic and the political instability in this country. It’s enough to unsettle anybody. And yet we trust in the Lord. Well what is that trust? Is it just a bunch of words, or is it something solid where we can park our fear and leave it there?

In John 17:15, Jesus prays for us when He says, “My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one.” He’s not saying He wants to remove us from danger, but that He will protect us in the middle of danger.

For the last 30 years or more, Christians have sought to remove themselves from danger by creating an alternative subculture with a safer version of the scary world. That’s precisely how we got Christian schools and Christian bookstores selling Christian jewelry and Christian entertainment, even Christian news. That’s how “Christian” became an adjective instead of a noun. Insecurity formed a multi-billion-dollar industry that succeeded because of people’s fear of the world and their desire to be removed from it to a safer environment. So you could say we’ve been flying like birds to an alternative subculture for safety instead of trusting the Lord to protect us wherever we are in the world.

Which is where the Lord wants us now. In the world — the scary one — trusting in Him for protection like David did. Not running away to a safer place.

So knuckle under, Catch readers, and trust in the Lord wherever you are and remember that whatever happens, “the Lord is in his holy Temple; the Lord still rules from heaven” (Psalm 11:4).

No matter what happens, trust in the Lord for your protection.

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5 Responses to Trusting in the Lord

  1. Andrew says:

    We are the body of Christ and He flows through the body with every spiritual blessing.

    But we have been separated out by the closing of our churches. We have been scattered as lost sheep without a Shepherd. The gifts are meant for the body of Christ including prophesying and interpretation of prophecy. And when we are together the gifts are the most powerful.

    We as a body are the completion of Christ because He has chosen us to complete Him. We give back to Him, the fullness of His will.

    Marriage is the perfect example of the bride completing the husband. And marriage represents Christ and the church.

    The enemy wishes to scatter the flock and the enemy uses fear to do it. So we need each other. We need to enCourage each other in Christ Jesus!

    Andrew 🔥

    May His grace and mercy rule in your hearts.

    Ephesians 3:18 TPT

  2. Sandie says:

    I think we have been separated by our hearts and minds. From each other and from the world. I am appalled at the comments, and actions, coming from the Christian community I know. And it is driven by fear – fear because the comfortable ‘Christian’ world has proven to be not so safe after all. God has a way of tossing us ‘out of the boat’ so to speak. Peter gets bad press because he took his eyes off Jesus and started to drown because his faith was shaken. What about the other guys cowering in the boat? They couldn’t muster up enough faith to even get out of the boat. I’ve spent time in both places; afraid, and then afraid of being afraid. Then cautiously stepping out into the water to follow where He leads. Remembering He taught me how to swim. I identify totally with the man answering Jesus’ question about his faith…”I believe; Lord help me with my unbelief!” Each believer carries ‘ church’ with him, wherever they go, whatever they do, whoever they meet. My gift(s) aren’t diminished because of physical separation from my brothers and sisters. Actually, I think God is fine-tuning them- and me – to deal with my own issues; thereby equipping me to minister in a better way.
    Random thought I saw: “Every 12 months we see and hear the words. “Keep / or put Christ in Christmas. How about keeping / or putting Christ into ‘Christian?’
    Blessings.
    Phillipians 1:6

  3. Dana says:

    Somehow, we have lost our vision of who Jesus is!

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