I Trust In You

Psalm 55: 23
“…. but I will trust in You”

Throughout the psalm, David talks of his troubles and pain. But the last line of the last verse ends on a beautiful note, “But I will trust in You”. It is David declaring that he has a thousand problems but he has decided to “cast his burden on the Lord (v. 22) and trust in Him. That was his faith.

You may be having several problems, you may feel cast down and broken, your current situation may feel like it’s spinning out of your control. Hoping for the tide of despair to pass by may seem like a distant dream. But even when it seems like you are standing in the midst of a storm, do you have the courage to say “I will trust in You”? It is not saying that the problems have disappeared. It is a purposeful confession that you have the faith to trust in Him who is bigger than all your problems. David had that faith. So can we.

The Grace of God

A common phrase that comes out of a believer’s lips in many situations is- “by the grace of God”. What is grace? Grace is getting from God what we don’t deserve. We all know and are sure that we are all “living, moving and having our being” only because of the grace of God. Had it not been for God’s abundant grace, our existence would not have been possible.

Ephesians 2:5
…by grace you have been saved’.

Though we were not worthy at all because of our small and great sins, God poured grace on us – which is a wonderful gift.

Romans 5:2
…We have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand.

How many times would we have succumbed to death in calamities and accidents, but God’s grace pulled us out from them. Many a time we are proud that we have achieved glory and fame academically or spiritually but we have to share Paul’s testimony as in 1 Corinthians 15:10 , But by the grace of God I am what I am, …yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.

Though we claim to be very strong in the Lord, we fall into many temptations and worldly lure but it is God’s grace that stops us from erring further and brings us back into His fold. All the gifts that we possess including all our faculties like the five senses, our health, a stable home – the list is endless – are all bestowed upon us by God’s grace. Even spiritual gifts are only because of His grace. They should never be taken for granted. In situations where we are down financially, mentally or spiritually too, it’s the grace of God which does not let our minds become shattered but allows us to hold our heads high. Remember – “we enjoy the incomparable riches of His grace” (Ephesians 2:7). If we want to continue steadfastly in the faith, we need His grace.

In 1 Peter 4:10, Paul has said we are good stewards of the manifold grace of God. So we should impart whatever gift He has given to us, willingly and freely to others too. Paul, in all the epistles has used ‘grace’ as a key word in the introductory and concluding verses. In Ephesians 1:2, he wishes ‘grace and peace to the saints which are at Ephesus’.

Every time we ask God to take away some “thorns in our flesh”, and we don’t receive concrete answers to prayer, we must be happy and content with the answer given in 2 Corinthians 9 “My grace is sufficient for you”.
According to Rom 5:17, let us be joyous in the fact that because we have received God’s abundant provision of grace and the gift of righteousness, we will reign in life forever with Jesus Christ.
While we enjoy His abundant blessings through grace, we should not be unaware of the fact that He forgives us even now – every time we fall, only because of the age of grace that we are still in. It will not be long before that door is closed and we will not be able to expect Him to ‘throw our sins behind His back’ as He has done and is doing now.

To conclude, as 2 Peter 3:18 reminds us –‘Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ’. Let us also learn to be humble for God gives grace to such (Hebrews 4:6), and testify to the gospel of GOD’S GRACE (Acts20:24).

Saying No !

Often we feel it is our Christian duty to help others. Its been taught to us from past years to help those in need. We are ready to help others even if it means that we need to sacrifice some comforts of our own. Its good to help. There is no doubt about that. Helping others in need is the best way to put Christianity into action. But have we been asked to help all who come to us? At what cost will you help? Even if you need to make sacrifices in your relationship with Jesus?

Mathew 25:1-13 refers to the story of the 10 virgins. Five were called wise. Five were called foolish. This difference was made just based on the fact that 5 had carried extra oil with them while 5 of them did not. Both groups slept (25:5) and when they got up they realized they didn’t have enough oil to meet the Bridegroom. The 5 foolish ones asked the wise ones to lend some oil (25:8). The wise ones replied “no” (25:9). They didn’t refuse because they didn’t have a desire to help. They said no because they knew that if they lent some of their own oil, they would not be able to meet the Bridegroom when He came.

To them, meeting the Bridegroom was their main aim. Everything else was only a 2nd priority. Because they refused, the foolish ones may have cursed them. They may have got angry. But that didn’t matter to the wise virgins. They were firm in their focus and they knew what they had to do. They had the wisdom to say no at the right time and right situation. Hence when the Bridegroom came, they could meet Him (25:10).

Many of us suffer because of the inability to say no in certain situations. It gets us into circumstances where we feel trapped and lose our peace of mind. Knowingly or unknowingly it ends up affecting our walk with Christ. The wise virgins said no and hence received their reward. We too need the ability to be able to discern and know when to say yes and when to say no and for that we need the Holy Spirit to lead and guide us daily.