Trust the Sovereign One

When we choose to practice trust, it’s not about a confidence that our circumstances will magically become pleasant or our troubles will go away. God certainly answers prayers and, many times, “comes through” for us to rescue us from trouble or make wrong things right. But a quick browse through the Bible also reveals that God’s people aren’t guaranteed a life of problem-free bliss!

Trust challenges us to focus not on our circumstances but on the God behind the scenes — to tune our hearts to his song, to let his grand Other-ness put our current worries or hurt of pain into perspective.

God is sovereign. He is still at work, behind the scenes, even in those times when circumstances may lead us to feel we’ve been abandoned. We haven’t been. His power is greater than any human foe or seemingly disastrous circumstance. His love is stronger than any hateful word or hurtful situation.

Join me, today, in meditating on the amazing God we believe in. Let these words buoy your heart as you choose to trust in him.

Do you not know? Have you not heard?

Has it not been told you from the beginning?

Have you not understood since the earth was founded?

He sits enthroned above the circle of the earth,

and its people are like grasshoppers.

He stretches out the heavens like a canopy,

and spreads them out like a tent to live in.

He brings princes to naught and reduces the rulers of this world to nothing.

No sooner are they planted, no sooner are they sown,

no sooner do they take root in the ground,

than he blows on them and they wither,

and a whirlwind sweeps them away like chaff.

“To whom will you compare me? Or who is my equal?” says the Holy One.

Lift up your eyes and look to the heavens: Who created all these?

He who brings out the starry host one by one and calls forth each of them by name.

Because of his great power and mighty strength, not one of them is missing.

Why do you complain, Jacob? Why do you say, Israel,

“My way is hidden from the LORD; my cause is disregarded by my God”?

Do you not know? Have you not heard?

The LORD is the everlasting God,

the Creator of the ends of the earth.

He will not grow tired or weary,

and his understanding no one can fathom.

He gives strength to the weary

and increases the power of the weak.

Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall;

but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength.

They will soar on wings like eagles;

they will run and not grow weary,

they will walk and not be faint.

(Isaiah 40:21-31)

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