As a man, it can be overwhelming to think about the responsibilities of life in context of what’s going on the world. It’s easy to listen to fear and worry when it comes to the economy, political uncertainties, careers, relationships, and innumerable other things.
How do I make decisions and live? How do I follow God with my life?
In my devotions, I came across this Psalm that spoke to me about how trust enters in the midst of chaos. I’m not sure who the writer was, but David wrote the preceding psalms. David was this man who was chased and hunted by kings, stumbled epically in his morals, had intense chaos, in yet he was close with God.
We probably don’t deal with that level of chaos. Nonetheless, if he did write this – even if he didn’t – how much truth for my life is here? Let’s take a peek.
Light dawns in the darkness for the upright; he is gracious, merciful, and righteous. It is well with the man who deals generously and lends; who conducts his affairs with justice. For the righteous will never be moved; he will be remembered forever. He is not afraid of bad news; his heart is firm, trusting in the Lord. His heart is steady; he will not be afraid – Psalm 112:4-8
I was impacted how my relationship with God is the most important – for it’s there I grow close with Him and learn to trust Him. I then live as He would – despite the situation I’m in.
I can’t just do all of those good things and be a good guy. No, it has to come from trust, and trust comes from relationship.
I can trust Him with my heart because He defines trust. No matter what season comes, He WILL come through. Jesus never failed and he will never fail. It’s not this nice word, it’s a reality. He WILL come through.
As I spend time with Him and listen, my trust grows because He will lead me into good things – even if that means doing good things in the midst of a bad time.
Generous, merciful, kind, steady, unselfish, unafraid – that’s the man Jesus wants to shape us into.
I don’t need to fear. I don’t need to worry.
No, because He promises to bring light into the darkness. Hope to the hopeless. To do that, He even uses my life and and your life!
In the midst of whatever your chaos, whether it’s been a struggle with pornography or pride, or your worry about career, or fear about the world or insecurity with your identity, He wants to bring light.
Jesus IS love. He is the very definition. Love doesn’t shame, but love reveals and redeems. Love brings light because Love wants wholeness for you.
Jesus said in John 10:10 that “I came that they might have life and have it to the full.”
His dream and desire for us is to be sons who live in His light, in His love. Confident and steady.
I’m learning that as I trust Him and seek His heart, I live in and reflect His light. I can be steady because he is steady.