Act Of Faith

Faith and order

Amid the present upheavel, many have been robbed of faith by personal trials that never seem to end. Many wonder in their pain, “Why doesn’t God answer my prayers? Have I done something wrong? i don’t understand why my trials go on and on. Is the Lord mad at me?’

It is our nature to want another human being, with a face, eyes, and ears, to listen to us and advise us.

When Job was overwhelmed by his trials, he cried out in grief, “Oh that one would hear me!” (Job 31:35) He said this while surrounded by so~called friends, men who didn’t have sympathy for his troubles. These men were messengers of despair. So Job turned to the Lord alone: “Behold, my witness is in heaven, and my record is on high, my friends scorn me, my eyes pour out tears to God.” (Job 16:19-20)

King David, we hear a similar cry from him: “To whom shall I go?” David urged God’s people to do as Job did; “Trust in Him at all times, ye people, pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us.” (Psalm 62:8)

Beloved, these examples are an invitation to you from the Lord. He is urging you to find a private place where you can pour out to Him the troubles of your soul. Speak to Jesus about your present trial, telling Him how overwhelmed and even discouraged you are.

For centuries God has answered the cries of all who have trusted in His promises. He will hear your cry as well, with love and sympathy, never dispising your cry. And He will renew your strength for every battle.

We are to resign ourselves to God’s care in everything!

Jesus warned of perilous times like the present one: “Upon the earth is distress of nations, with perplexity…men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.” (Luke 21:25-26) Christ was saying, “Without hope in Me, multitudes are literally going to die of fright.”

Those who trust in God’s promises to preserve His people, there is glorious freedom from all fear. True freedom consists of totally resigning one’s life into the hands of the Lord.

Resigning ourselves into God’s care is an act of faith. It means putting ourselves completely under His power, wisdom and mercy. It meand being led according to His will. When we do, God promises to be totally responsible for us ~ to feed, clothe, and shelter us, and to guard our hearts from all evil.

Jesus provided the ultimate example of holy resignation when He went to the Cross. Just before He gave up His spirit, He cried aloud, “Father, into Thy hands I commend My spirit.” (Luke 23:46) Christ literally placed the keeping of His life and eternal future in the custody of His Father. In doing so, He placed the souls of each of His sheep into the Father’s hands.

If we are being asked to trust our lives to someone, we have to know that this Someone has the power to keep us from all danger, threats, and violence. Paul testifies, “I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that He is able to keep that which I have committed unto Him against that day.” (2 Timothy 1:12)

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