Thursday December 20, 2018 – Responding to life’s daily tests

Psalm 20:7  Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God.

Have you ever noticed how easy tests are when you know all the answers to the questions?  It’s the stuff we don’t know or forget that gives us problems.  If you are being prepared for an important test of some sort or an inspection by a mentor/coach, do you want them to focus on what you know?  Or, would you prefer that they look for weaknesses that need to be strengthened?  Both are important.

One of the important lessons that I’ve learned through reading the Bible is that God has a real penchant for putting His people into situations that will test them.  What are they going to do?  How will they respond?  Sometimes they murmur and complain.  Sometimes they seek Him.  There are times when they cry out to Him because of the threats they are facing, but other times when they don’t.

Today’s verse speaks to our God calling us to trust in Him rather than the things of strength surrounding us.  He wants to create within us an inclination to trust Him that is like a compass needle always pointing north.  No matter what circumstances we face – however trivial or momentous – we will always turn ourselves to the Lord.  We must not become careless about this.  The Bible contains many warnings about not trusting the Lord, but a powerful one is found in Isaiah 31:1.

“Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help, who rely on horses, who trust in the multitude of their chariots and in the great strength of their horsemen, but do not look to the Holy One of Israel, or seek help from the LORD.”

The issue is looking to the Lord first and often.  We inquire of Him as David did.  He might direct us to seek help from a source, but it’s important that such direction comes through prayer and commitment to Him.  He uses all kinds of resources in our behalf, but He wants our trust to be first and foremost in Him.  Our daily prayer life will go a long way towards keeping this from becoming perfunctory.  He intends that our trust be rooted in a genuine, rich relationship with Him.

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About Don Schmidt

Beginning in the fall of 2009, Don was VP of Operations & Director of Student Life for 2 years at Williamson Christian College in Franklin, TN - a wonderful, accredited 4 year college for adult learners. That is where he started writing the devotionals. The passion of his heart is to love God and to help others learn to love God more and more. He grew up in St. Joseph, MI - Class of '66. Graduated from Michigan State in '70 and Wheaton Grad School in '78. Thunderous conversion October 11, 1968. He and Donna were engaged 2 hrs & 15 minutes after they met August 25, 1969 at a Christian camp in Georgia. They married in '70 and have 4 wonderful sons. Most of his adult career has been in business in NE Ohio. They lived for 20 years in Peninsula, OH. They attended St. Luke's Ministries (Anglican) in Copley, OH for many years. Three years ago they were reassigned by the Lord to attend River of Life Community Church in Hudson, OH. St. Luke's prayerfully sent them off on this new adventure with much love.
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