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The sovereign king of the entire universe is our Father. He has not only created us, but he has also recreated us in Jesus Christ and has provided everything we need. Paul tells the timid Timothy, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear; but of power and of love and of a sound mind” (2 Tim. 1:7, NKJV). Unbelieving, sinful fear is contrary to what God has put in us at conversion (Rom. 8:15). We overcome the grip of fear by knowing what God has done for us through his Son. We break fear’s grip by realizing God did not give this fear to us; rather, he has given us the spirit of power, love, and self-control.

We also squeeze the life out of fear, worry, and anxiety by utilizing truths such as that found in Proverbs 18:10: “The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous man runs into it and is safe.” Once again, we return to the oxygen truth of God’s character. When the emotional hurricane winds of fear, anxiety, and worry assail us, we run into God and his character, his nature, and his attributes, like someone would run into a strong tower seeking refuge from a storm.

Our Father has provided all that he is for our safety. When we are focused on him we are assured that we are safe, and we no longer fear. Safety calms our fears. The psalmist reiterates this for us: “When I am afraid, I put my trust in you” (Ps. 56:3).

~Brian S. Borgman in Feelings and Faith

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Divine Travel Tips

“Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.”

Psalm 37:5

The most relaxing way to travel is with your eyes closed. Whether I’m riding in a car or a plane, I find that I do my best traveling while asleep. My husband and I enjoy making a little road trip together every once in a while, and we have agreed upon the perfect traveling arrangement—he does the driving; I do the sleeping. He’s a good driver, so I have little problem drifting off into dreamland when he’s behind the wheel…most of the time anyway.

You see, sometimes I rouse from my slumber to find that I’m not the only one who’s sleepy. Somehow, the sight of my husband driving with half-closed eyes does wonders for my energy levels. Suddenly, I’m alert, awake, and jumping into action. I turn up the air. I massage his neck. I pinch his arm. I offer to drive. I suggest stopping at Starbucks (ok, maybe I do that regardless of my husband’s condition). I scramble to think of things to talk about. In short, I do whatever it takes to keep our car on the road and headed in the right direction. Of course, I’d rather be resting, but I’ve found that when faced with the options of losing sleep or losing my life; I’ll take Option A every time.

I think there are many times when we as Christians handle our lives in much the same way as I react when I discover that my husband needs help staying awake in the car. Instead of resting in our Lord’s ability to skillfully guide us to our destination in this journey we call life, we view our circumstances as though He were actually half-asleep at the wheel. We feel a little bump in the road and warn, “Lord, did you see that? You need to watch out for those!” A slight sway catches us off guard and we gasp, “God, are you awake?” In response to an unexpected turn, we shout, “This is the wrong way! Here, let me show you how to get there.” Our fear of being taken to places we’d never want to go keeps us wide awake, watching, checking, calculating, and scheming of ways to ensure that our journey goes exactly as we had planned.

Although such actions may be entirely appropriate and necessary when traveling with another human being, they are completely out of place in our journey with the Lord. We seem either to forget or ignore the fact that we serve a God who neither slumbers nor sleeps (Ps. 121:4). He doesn’t look away from the road, take wrong turns, or lose sight of the destination. He is never at any moment in our lives anything less than perfectly good and absolutely sovereign. Not only does He drive our vehicle, but He also designs the roads and decides who we’ll meet along the way. There is no pothole, speedbump, or traffic jam that does not serve a purpose in His ultimate plan for us.

Some people believe they pay tribute to the Lord by attaching a sticker to their car which reads, “God is my co-pilot.” Let’s just set things straight here, shall we? God has revealed His character through many different names, and co-pilot isn’t one of them. He is the only One behind the wheel, and the only One worth trusting in the driver’s seat. We are the passengers, not co-pilots, not navigators, not travel consultants, but passengers—the safe, loved, and privileged passengers. So why in the world are we wasting time worrying when we could be resting?

Trust in God; it’s the only way to travel.  

“In peace I will both lie down and sleep,
For You alone, O LORD, make me to dwell in safety.”

Psalm 4:8

 

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Manna Rhythm

 

“Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD,
whose trust is the LORD.
He is like a tree planted by water,
that sends out its roots by the stream,
and does not fear when heat comes,
for its leaves remain green,
and is not anxious in the year of drought,
for it does not cease to bear fruit.”

Jeremiah 17:5-8

Author Edward Welch provides some encouraging words for fretful hearts:

To feed the hundreds of thousands of Israelites, God rained down a kind of bread each day (Ex. 16), but he only gave enough for one day (except for the day before the Sabbath, when they were given enough for two). This established a spiritual rhythm. They did what God told them to do today and they trusted him for tomorrow. Those who trusted in themselves and collected for more than one day found that their surplus manna turned to maggots by morning. They quickly learned that faith in the true God was the only way to live.

Undoubtedly, the first couple days were the hardest. The people woke up hungry, saw that there was no food in the tent, and hadn’t yet looked outside. Would the manna be there this morning? Would God be faithful to his promises? Over time, however, they became confident. They learned that God would care for them tomorrow because he had said he would, and he had been faithful the day before. 

This is the backdrop for Jesus’ words of comfort, “but seek his kingdom [today], and these things will be given to you as well [tomorrow].” Your goal is to get into a manna rhythm. Seek his grace today, be faithful to the tasks in front of you, and trust him for tomorrow. Then, when you look back and see that he was faithful, your faith will be “fed” for the next day.

(Depression: A Stubborn Darkness, p. 150)

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