Friday, 3 April 2020
Trust in the Lord with all your heart;
Do not depend on your own understanding.
Seek his will in all you do,
And he will show you which path to take.
The Coronavirus storm is still battering my little sailing boat in the vast ocean of life. I am thankful Jesus is my pilot. My boat is popping up and down and swaying left and right. I am totally safe when Jesus is in the boat.
To me, this is the picture of trust. Totally and completely putting your life in his hand.
I have Iearned to trust God watching the lives of my parents. Dad lived up to 75 and mum died at the age of 104. They had gone through many storms together and individually. My dad gave me the compass for life – the Bible. He taught me how to use it. They lived out these truths daily. I am still using this time tested word of God for my life.
My parents taught me Proverbs 3.5-6.
Who should we trust? We must trust the God who created all things and controls all things, including your life. We must trust Jesus the only Son of God who died on the cross of Calvary. He was buried. Three days later, He rose from the dead. Forty days later He ascended back into heaven. Now sitting at the right hand of God interceding for us. We are thankful He gave us the Holy Spirit, who lives in us and guides all through life. Jesus said he is coming again.
The word translated as trust in English means “to lie helpless, face down”. Warren Wiersbe described, “it pictures a servant waiting for the master’s command in readiness to obey, or a defeated soldier yielding himself to the conquering general.”
How are we to trust? “With all your heart”
If trust in God is to be true, it must be complete. To put half trust in God and half in ourself or something else is really not trusting God at all. It’s a hundred per cent or nothing at all! We must trust God with childlike confidence.
“Do not depend on your own understanding” – when we trust God with all our ❤️ we will not depend on our own wisdom. Let’s not lean on a broken clutch, it is not trustworthy. Self-sufficiency and self- dependency have ruined many lives.
It’s true, it is hard to trust a God whom you cannot see. That’s what trust is all about. We walk by faith and not by sight.
How does it look like in real life…
When Abraham and Isaac were walking up the mountain to offer a sacrifice to God.
When Daniel was thrown into the hungry lions.
When Stephen was stoned for preaching Christ.
When one of our loved ones is taken away by Coronavirus.
When a child is born with a hole in the heart or other physical infirmities.
Trusting God and lean not on our own wisdom means living with confidence that God always does what is best even when we can’t see it as such.
Jesus says to take up the cross and follow me every day. The life of Joseph, he went from the pit to the prison and from prison to the palace. It was a hard and tedious journey. But God was with him, that was how he journeyed on day by day. “In all your ways acknowledge him; he will make your path straight”. Yes, the dark clouds of the Coronavirus are still above our heads. When will it be blown over? I don’t know. I just learned to put my trust in the all-wise God.
He will never fail me. He will see me through.
Prayer for today
Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious hand. (Isa. 41.10)
Give your burdens to the Lord, and He will take care of you. He will not permit the godly to slip and fall. (Psa. 55.22)
Abba Father, as the Coronavirus ravages on and the lockdown is being prolonged. We become more anxious day by day. Many are out of jobs or taking unpaid leave, many of our offices and businesses are closed. Our financial resources are running low and food supply are being depleted. We are not sure how much longer we can hold on.
Sometimes is hard to think about the birds of the air and flowers of the field that you take care of them. Lord your word still holds true to those who put their trust in you. Lord, we reaffirm our faith in you. Because you are a trustworthy God, you will take care of us until this storm passes by.
Lord, the path ahead of us seems blur and uncertain. Come and hold our hands and lead us on. Help us to recognize your presence, guidance, and grace in all that we do. As we put our trust in you and acknowledge you, you will make our path a lot straighter and our destination much closer.
You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you! (Isa. 26.3)
We need your peace and your strength and courage to face the future. We give praise and thanks in Jesus Name, Amen
If you need any kind of help please contact me privately. It will be private and confidential. If you have anything you can share to help others, we will use your resources to bless the needy. Have a good day, stay home and stay safe.
Pastor Isaac Yim
‘仰赖’ 在英文被翻译为 ‘无助地躺下，面朝下’。对于这词，华伦. 魏斯比（Warren Wiersbe）表示，‘它描绘了仆人以准备服从的态度，等待主人的命令，又或者像一位败兵将自己屈服于敌军的将军。’
阿爸父，新冠病毒仍摧残世人，封城的时间也被延长。 我们一天天变得更加焦虑。 许多人失业，或者休无薪假，我们的许多办公室和企业都关闭了。 我们的财政资源渐渐匮乏，粮食供应也渐渐减少。 我们不知道我们还能坚持多久。
有时是很难想象你照顾着天空的飞鸟和野地的花。 主，对那些仰赖你的人，你的真理依然真实。 主，求你再次坚固我们的信心。 因为你是值得我们仰赖的上帝，你会照顾我们，直到这场风暴过去。
主啊，我们前面的道路似乎模糊不定。 求你来牵着我们的手，带领我们前进。 帮助我们在我们所做的一切中认出你的同在，引导和恩典。 当我们信靠祢，并认定你，你会修直我们所走的路，使我们更加接近目的地。