“For this reason I also suffer these things; nevertheless I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him until that Day.”
Part 1 of “I am persuaded” was published in December 2013. I return to this Scripture because God has proven even more that our trust needs to be in Him and that He responds to our every need. I am persuaded!
The other day in the midst of the craziness of the world, the Lord spoke a still small voice into my spirit that I almost missed. The Lord said, “I have this.” Yeah, I almost missed it. The Lord had my situation covered. I realized His hand was over me when things that I hadn’t expected started falling into place. People began to cooperate. The pressure of having to be on top of everything lifted and the success of my endeavor was removed from my hand. I had to let go of my control and release it to the Lord.
David had confidence in what the Lord could do when he said, “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? When the wicked came against me to eat up my flesh, my enemies and foes, they stumbled and fell. Though an army may encamp against me, my heart shall not fear; though war may rise against me, in this I will be confident.” (Psalm 27:1-3 NKJV) David was sure that no matter what he faced, the Lord was with him.
I was not afraid of what I would face. I prepared long before and put a lot of time and effort into my task to ensure that everything would go well. I worked diligently for many days. I needed to be successful, and worked as though that meant everything. I prayed asking the Lord to find favor with all the work I had completed and to bless my task. And then the Lord spoke. “I have this.”
Friend, here’s the point. I prayed expecting the Lord’s blessing and the Lord did. Right before my task, He spoke. Right at the point of need when I would have begun in my own strength and authority, He spoke. I don’t think it was a reminder that I needed Him, but rather a statement that I would be able to “Stand still” and watch what the Lord was going to do. “You will not need to fight in this battle. Position yourselves, stand still and see the salvation of the Lord, who is with you, O Judah and Jerusalem!” (2 Chronicles 20:17 NKJV) I didn’t deny the Lord’s power in my situation, but my prayer was more for Him to bless and find favor with what I was going to do; my work. The Lord wanted me to understand that it would be His work, His power and His authority in the situation and that His blessing and favor would come as a result of His grace. Wow!!! I am persuaded!!!
This is why we are to place our trust in Christ alone. Trust nurtured in the understanding of who God is, His power and authority for every need we have, revealed by His Word, established by faith, and empowered by God’s merciful grace. There are times when we just need to “Stand still” and watch what the Lord can do.
Precious Lord, thank You that we can trust in You. I believe and am persuaded that Your hand is in every single detail of my life. That it is never about blessing my actions, but rather it’s about Your work in and through my life. The favor and blessing comes as a gift of Your grace. Thank You Lord. Help me to understand Your ways. Open my heart, my eyes, and my ears to You so that I can remain on the path You have laid out for me. In Jesus Name. AMEN
Don’t believe me, believe God!