Posts Tagged ‘trust’

Step into the Water

September 8, 2009

“The priests will be carrying the Ark of the Lord, the Lord of all the earth.  When their feet touch the water, the flow of water will be cut off upstream, and the river will pile up there in one heap.”  (Joshua 3:13, NLT)

 

OceanIsrael was finally moving into the Promised Land.  After over 400 years of slavery, and 40 years of wandering in the wilderness, God’s promises to Israel were finally coming to their fulfillment!

And yet, the testing time wasn’t over yet.  They still had to get across the Jordan River.  Unlike Moses’ parting of the Red Sea, where Moses simply held his staff out over the water, and God parted the waters, this time God did not stop the flow of the Jordan River until the priests actually got their feet wet and stepped into the water.  What faith it must have taken to step into that water!  What a spirit of boldness!  Mrs. Cowman, in Streams in the Desert, calls this “holy audacity”.  I like that!  Am I audacious in my faith?

It is easy to trust standing safely on the shore.  It is easy to trust when the way is clear before you.  It gets tougher when the way ahead isn’t clear, when it’s dark and you can’t see where you’re going, when the path ahead leads straight into the deep.

William Carey, the father of modern missions, and missionary to India said, “Expect great things from God; attempt great things for God.”  It takes audacious faith to do this. What step of faith do you need to take today?  Are you ready to step out into the water, and watch the hand of Almighty God roll back the waters for you so you can cross on dry ground?

–Debbie Ong

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Chat Through the Bible

July 9, 2009

CB064077Genesis 1:1

“In the beginning God…”

Look at these first four words of the Bible. While on one level this verse simply introduces a historical account of God’s creation of the world, it can also be a lesson for us in priorities.

In the beginning: God. In other words, God should be at the first and foremost place in our lives. He should be number one, sitting on the throne of our lives. And, somehow, when we put God first, everything else seems to fall into place.

In fact, that’s exactly what Jesus promised when He said in Matthew 6:33, “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” Spouse, family, career, finances, health, home, possessions, etc. will all come into alignment when we put Christ first.

It’s easy to say that Jesus is on the throne of our lives, but somehow I find that I keep trying to crawl back up on that throne myself. It’s not a once-and-for-all decision, but a constant battle. I need to continually reassess my priorities. I need to keep turning to God to ask for His will, His plans, His desires for me in my daily life.

So, let me ask you: where is God in your list of priorities? If you’ve caught yourself trying to reclaim that throne for yourself, why don’t you pray right now and ask Him to take back the throne. Have a little coronation ceremony right there in your heart, and crown Christ the rightful king over your life. Kneel before Him in submission as a loyal subject, and lay your life out before Him to take and use as He will.

–Debbie Ong

Father Knows Best

June 25, 2009

father-knows-bestEver watched the old 1950s sitcom? In 30 short minutes, Betty, Bud and Kathy’s little world could be turned upside down and, almost with the snap of a finger, restored to perfect order…just like that.

Unfortunately, real life isn’t always that simple. Some of our problems don’t have such easy solutions.

Life has a way of handing us disappointments just when we thought things were smooth sailing. Just last week, my own family faced such a disappointment. With one simple email, a life dream was put on hold…indefinitely.

Our faith in God’s goodness could crash. Our hope and joy and peace could collapse under the weight of our sudden and dramatic change in circumstances.

BUT… if God truly loves me with absolute, perfect and unconditional love, and He does; and if He wants only the very best for me, which He does, then I can trust Him to have something better in store for our family—even better than the simple dreams we have for ourselves.

Do I really trust my Heavenly Father to do what is best for me? Can I really be sure that He has my best at heart? Can the foundations of our relationship stand up under the strain of pain and disappointment? Does Father God really know best?

God Himself answers the question for us. Listen to what He says:

“My thoughts are completely different from yours,” says the Lord. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.” — Isaiah 55:8-9 (NLT)

So, how about it? Are you prepared to trust, to just sit back and rest in the promises that Father truly does know best?

 – Debbie Ong

 photo copyright: estates of Young and producer Eugene Rodney