"lt is better to trust in the Lord, than to put confidence in man."—Psalm 118:8.
OUBTLESS the reader has been tried with the temptation to rely upon the things which are seen, instead of resting alone upon the invisible God. Christians often look to man for help and counsel, and mar the noble simplicity of their reliance upon their God. Does this evening's portion meet the eye of a child of God anxious about temporals, then would we reason with him awhile. You trust in Jesus, and only in Jesus, for your salvation, then why are you troubled? "Because of my great care." Is it not written, "Cast thy burden upon the Lord"? "Be careful for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication make known your wants unto God." Cannot you trust God for temporals? "Ah! I wish I could." If you cannot trust God for temporals, how dare you trust Him for spirituals? Can you trust Him for your soul's redemption, and not rely upon Him for a few lesser mercies? Is not God enough for thy need, or is His all-sufficiency too narrow for thy wants? Dost thou want another eye beside that of Him who sees every secret thing? Is His heart faint? Is His arm weary? If so, seek another God; but if He be infinite, omnipotent, faithful, true, and all-wise, why gaddest thou abroad so much to seek another confidence? Why dost thou rake the earth to find another foundation, when this is strong enough to bear all the weight which thou canst ever build thereon? Christian, mix not only thy wine with water, do not alloy thy gold of faith with the dross of human confidence. Wait thou only upon God, and let thine expectation be from Him. Covet not Jonah's gourd, but rest in Jonah's God. Let the sandy foundations of terrestrial trust be the choice of fools, but do thou, like one who foresees the storm, build for thyself an abiding place upon the Rock of Ages.
...priorities...something afforded or deserving prior attention...precedence...
I have found that it is what I do that determines my moment by moment, my health, my school, my exercise, etc. Notice the MY consistently...these are things that I have made my priority per say, but they are actually things that have been set there clearly because I know they need to get done. There is no "joy" in them, no heart motivation, pure intentions (at times), etc. Why is that? BECAUSE...it ISN'T ABOUT ME! It is far greater than me. It is about my Lord. He determines my steps, he determines the outcome of my day. Yes, my duty is to obey, but I am also to rely on my precious Friend. He is there to guide and lead and TRUST in...He SHOULD be in my Moment by Moment life. (These are don't get me wrong important things and things that benefit myself, but it is the way in which I go about doing them.)
“The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord … ”(Psalm 37:23) “The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord … ”(Psalm 37:23) “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” (Proverbs 3:5) Thus says the Lord, Your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: “I am the Lord your God, who teaches you to profit, who leads you by the way you should go.” (Isaiah 48:17) “I will instruct you and teach you in the way should go; I will guide you with My eye.” (Psalm 32:8) “For this is God, our God forever and ever; He will be our guide even to death.” (Psalm 48:14) “The Lord will guide you continually …” (Isaiah 58:11)
We are NOT ALONE! My life is about glorifying God in everything that I do, not man, and certainly not myself. It is my responsibility to walk with Him on a moment by moment basis and see Him work through me. The things that need to get done will get done and will do so with the strength not of my own, because clearly my own strength is getting me NO WHERE! It is the mundane things that sneak in which we need to heed and be so attune too. Journey with me NOW in priorities and make them be what the Lord intended for them to be and what it feels like to do them for the glory of the Lord, not others or yourself! It is the most fulfilling thing and to know that what we need to get done will get done and that much more and the way in which it goes about getting done will be that of JOY.Here's to writing my daily lists of what needs to get done for the day...praying over it and committing a verse to read over and over again for the day, setting my mind on the one who can accomplish it!