Trusting the Lord
29 February 2016
Jim’s note: Because this is a leap year, there is no Life Journal reading for February 29. In addition to my “Through The Bible In A Year” Plan, I read through Psalms and Proverbs each month. I read Psalms to nourish my soul and Proverbs to strengthen my mind. I based this devotional on my reading for the 29th of each month.
Fearing people is a dangerous trap, but trusting the Lord means safety. (Proverbs 29:25 NLT)
It seems like people and circumstances have a lot of control in our lives. Bosses, family members, people for whom we have responsibility, or to whom we have obligations; financial, health, and other circumstances can seem completely in control of our lives and our hopes and dreams and expectations.
God is bigger than people or circumstances, but he is less visible and makes less noise most of the time. That means that trusting the Lord is an active, rather than passive, process. We’ve got to stimulate our minds and hearts to active faith and trust – thinking, speaking, and acting on our trust in God.
I find that reading these verses from Isaiah each day helps me keep my eyes on the Lord:The Lord has said to me in the strongest terms: “Do not think like everyone else does. 12 Do not be afraid that some plan conceived behind closed doors will be the end of you. 13 Do not fear anything except the Lord Almighty. He alone is the Holy One. If you fear him, you need fear nothing else.” (Isaiah 8:11-13 NLT)
Father, I love, fear, and respect you above anyone or anything else. I trust you with my past, my present, and my future. I know you have my best interests at heart and that you will not let me down. You alone are the Holy One. I trust you and I fear you. Amen.
If you’re interested in adding the Psalms and Proverbs to your daily reading plan, here’s how it works: For the calendar date of each day of the month, you read five Psalms and one chapter of Proverbs. On the first, you read Psalms 1, 31, 61, 91, 121 and Proverbs 1. For the second, you read Psalms 2, 32, 62, 92, 122, and Proverbs 2 and so on through the month. I’ve made little book marks for my daily reading Bible that I just move ahead through Psalms and Proverbs each day.