Thursday, September 25, 2014

Abandoned to God

Dogs have always been an important part of my life. As long as I can remember, unless prohibited by policies or laws, I have had a dog in my home. To this very day, I can visualize each of them.
Three of them, however, had one particular trait in common: if they could not see me or sense my presence, they would become extremely anxious. They would run from one location to another trying to find me; sit under my desk while I worked; lay between me and the door, not wanting me leave without them or wait impatiently and bark or whine if I left home without them. I was their security.

The two most familiar verses in Proverbs begin with then word trust. “Trust in the Lord,” writes Solomon. And this word trust far exceeds what comes to mind when we normally think of having trust in someone. It represents a trust in someone that brings us a deep sense of security, a type of safety that is impenetrable and a belief that there is no one or no thing that can get to us or ever harm us. It is a trust in someone who is much more conscious of our every need and who is completely competent and capable of taking care of us - more so than we are of ourselves.

Life is filled with uncertainties. When we awaken in the morning, we have no guarantee that we will see the sun set or make it home safely. No one has any assurance that their investments will be there when it comes time to retire. We have friends that we thought we could depend on - and then find ourselves abandoned. But trusting in the Lord is different. Our lives and our future are secure.

Prayer: Thank You, Father, for granting us Your peace, presence, power and protection as we travel through life. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Scripture for Today: Proverbs 3:5, 6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.

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