“Trust in the Lord”

tfp.2016.03.19.trust-in-the-lordWe have entered a season in history where the light is dimming, where the darkness is increasing, where wrong has become right, where no has become yes, where black has become white, where the lie has become the truth. The weights and measures that we as a culture once relied upon, have seemed to disappear. Uncertainty about our future (and the future of our children and grandchildren) abounds. Our political landscape is fraught with deception, infidelity, unreliability, and for some, even fear and trepidation.

So many things swirl around us that we cannot control, things much bigger than our own tiny sphere of influence. Therefore, we must learn to “Trust in the Lord.”

How easily said. How utterly difficult to do!

“Trust in the Lord” has almost become a cute little cliché, something to quip about, something to throw out in a conversation to calm fears. But how? How can we come to truly trust in the Lord?

I am going to share with you four things that I have learned, things that have, for me, created a path toward truly trusting in the Lord, and brought an ever-deepening peace and calm into my life. Oh how desperately we need our Lord. Here’s what I have discovered. May they help you.

1. Seek the Lord. Seek His face. Cry out for Him and pray that God stirs a longing in you to know Him and to know Him intimately. Pursue your knowledge of God. Don’t assume that a few short scriptures here and there are sufficient to carry you through this life. God has provided for us His whole Word, His whole counsel, from Genesis to Revelation. Read and study and get to know God.

How can we learn to trust God, how can we dare to trust God, unless we truly know Him? And how can we get to know Him unless we seek after Him and study His Holy Word? (Psalm 27:8; I Chronicles 16:11; 2 Kings 22:8-20; Jeremiah 9:23-24).

2. Worship God. Set aside time every day to declare back to God, His glory. Worship Him. He is glorious, beautiful, magnificent, splendorous, wise, powerful, magnanimous, merciful, forgiving, tender, gracious, kind, righteous, holy, wrathful, vengeful, judgmental … there are not enough adjectives in the dictionary to describe Him. Begin with thanksgiving, continue with praise, enter into worship. (Psalm 100). Read the Psalms aloud. Sing them. Read and sing them back to the Lord. (Psalm 150; 2 Samuel 22:50; Psalm 95:6). Learn how to enter into His presence (Psalm 27:4).

Don’t feel like worshiping God? Don’t let that stop you. Decide to worship Him and then worship Him (Psalm 103:2). He is worthy. That should be all that matters. Worshiping Him takes the focus off of me.

3. Wait on God. Yes, wait on the Lord. Learn to wait on Him. Don’t get out ahead of Him. Follow His lead. Let Him take the wheel. His ways are not our ways (Isaiah 55:8). God moves slowly. That is a fact. He is slow to anger. His wrath burns slowly (Psalm 103:8).

He works on His own timetable (John 11; Luke 8:41-56). Noah prepared and waited 120 years. Abraham waited 25 years for a son. Joseph waited 14 years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit. Moses waited 40 years in the desert before he encountered God in the burning bush. Then Moses learned to ascend Sinai and wait for the Lord to show up. Learn to wait on the Lord (Psalm 27:14).

Consider the server (waiter) in a classy restaurant. He/she stands away from the table, waiting and watching for an opportunity to serve. Be like the waiter. Learn to sit quietly and wait for God. There is a rest that awaits those who learn how to enter His presence and wait quietly there, a rest that enables us to enjoy sweet fellowship with Him (Hebrews 4:9-10). I can tell you from first-hand experience it takes work and discipline, but God does show up.

I heard of one man who arose faithfully every night, in the middle of the night, to wait quietly upon the Lord. Finally, eighteen months later, God made His manifest presence known. Wait on the Lord.

4. Finally, pray in the spirit. This means praying in our prayer language. Our prayer language (speaking in unknown tongues or glossolalia – Acts 2; I Corinthians 12:4-11) enables us to communicate directly from our spirit to God (I Corinthians 14:2). I know this is a controversial topic for some. I know some of you will read this and think I have gone off the deep end. But if you are a faithful follower of Jesus, I ask you to hear me out. Here’s my story:

In late March of 1971, as I stood with my thumb out along an on ramp to Interstate 65 heading south out of Gary, Indiana, I began speaking in tongues. The gift did not come as a shock or as a surprise to me. I had been asking God for it for several months. In the forty-five years since, I have exercised that gift in the privacy of my own prayer closet, sometimes quietly and sometimes boldly. Just me, with the aid of the Holy Spirt, communicating to my Lord, sending up thoughts and burdens I can’t even fully understand, yearnings I don’t know how to express in my own language. Over the decades, as I have exercised this gift, my inner man, my human spirit, has been quickened, strengthened, enlarged and empowered in its influence.

My inner man, my spirit, is where Christ dwells through His Holy Spirit. The stronger my own human spirit becomes, empowered by the Holy Spirit, the more I am able to seek God, to know God, to worship God and to wait upon God. All I can offer is my own testimony about the working of this wonderful gift in my life. Praying in tongues, praying in the spirit, has utterly changed my life. What I have provided here is but a very limited and brief synopsis.

If you do not have this gift, ask Him for it. Then exercise it. You will not be sorry.

So, in conclusion, we as a nation, are moving deeper into a season of chaos and confusion. We need now, more than ever, to connect with God, to grow more intimate with God, to know Him, to love Him, to depend upon Him, to let Him be the God He wishes to be for us, the One who carries our burdens, provides for our needs, guides us through dark passageways, and leads us into the light. Seek, worship, wait, and pray in the spirit. The trust will come.

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3 Responses to ““Trust in the Lord””

  1. Mark – your words are a fresh taste of spiritual water. Refreshing and comforting.
    May the peace of the Lord be with you always.
    Sue

  2. Excellent words Mark! Complete surrender and trust is really our only hope to maintain sanity in this turbulent and upside down world…..and yes, MUCH easier said than done. Need to get ready to get my Sunday turbo charged instruction and feed my soul. Bless you my friend~ Ken

  3. Amen,bro. Amen.

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