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The Daily Word of Righteousness
Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed. (Psalms 37:3)
Trusting in the Lord is different from faith. When the Lord gives us faith we have the victory. When we do not have conquering faith we hang on by trust.
We trust in the Lord when everything is going the way we think it should and we trust in the Lord when we can't figure out what is happening.
We know God is good. We know He is seeking our good. We know He understands our problems and concerns. We are certain He knows very well every detail of every day.
Do you care much for yourself? Tell me, how many hairs are there on your head. What? You don't know? Well, God knows. So who cares the most for you?
God can be trusted to keep His Word. His promises are a mountain of basalt that cannot be budged. His Word is a lighthouse that guides the storm-tossed, fogbound vessel away from the rocks.
We live in a crazy world. The things we have trusted in for years are changing. There are people in power over us we do not trust at all. Our values are being trampled underfoot.
One thing does not change, the Bible. It has stood for thousands of years. After man gets through playing God the Bible will remain unchangeable. When personal computers, satellites, and cloning are archaic concepts the Bible will be new, fresh, radical.
You want to be part of something eternal? Get hooked up with God. Give your life real significance.
Try to do some good each day. Ask God to help you do good. Go into the office or shop and pick out something good to do to somebody. Be a peacemaker. The world is full of troublemakers. Make peace among people and you will be called a son of God.
Unless God directs you otherwise, stay where you are and make it work. People move from place to place hoping to find their Utopia. You'll never find it. Pastures only look greener from a distance because you are looking at the grass sideways.
You are in this world to learn certain lessons. When you move to another place the angels put your curriculum in their briefcases and move with you. Your lessons continue wherever you are. Only now you have to find a new barber, an auto mechanic you can trust, get a new telephone line and so forth. But the same old lessons continue as before.
Stay put! Did you ever eat fruit off a tumbleweed?
Trust God, keep on doing good, and dwell in the land. If you do this you will find that God will faithfully keep you. When you lay down at night the Lord will be your security.
Terrifying days are ahead. When we go to bed at night we will be filled with fear of what we are facing. Memorize the following verse. We will need it in days to come
In peace I will both lie down and sleep, for Thou alone, O Lord, dost make me to dwell in safety. (Psalms 4:8)
"You alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety."
You may crawl into your warm bed at night; you may be in a narrow bunk on a ship; you may be sleeping under a tree in India; you may be on the floor in an overcrowded jail. It is all the same. Evil is always present but so is the Lord if you are trusting Him.
You can survive by depending on God's faithfulness. Only the Lord can keep you safe and He shall if you trust in Him, keep on doing good, and stay where God has put you.