Thursday, February 22, 2007 4:00 a.m.
Sometimes God puts us in His “Boot Camp” in order for us to learn of Him and have a hunger for Him. In God’s Boot Camp He teaches us to be dependent entirely on Him, and Him alone. We are to hunger and thirst after God and His righteousness. God’s Boot Camp strips us of all that once sustained us, all that we leaned upon, all that we once looked to for strength and stability. After we are brought to the empty bowl and the dry well, we reach out and hunger and thirst for God. John Piper wrote,”When God is the supreme hunger of your heart, He will be supreme in everything. And when you are most satisfied in Him, He will be most glorified in you,” (A Hunger for God). Right now I feel like I am in God’s Boot Camp, stripped of all security and comfort. I now must learn to rely on God’s security and comfort, and nothing else.
Thought for Today: “Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.” (Matthew 5:6).
Wednesday, August 24, 2005 4:45 a.m.
All night this verse has been running through my mind. “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.” (Proverbs 3:5). In studying this verse, the words “trust in the Lord” means to trust in the same Lord that spoke to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. We are to trust the Lord “with all thine heart.” This means with all our heart, soul and mind and with our whole being. “And lean not unto thine own understanding.” This means that we are not to lean on what we think should happen or the way we think things should go. It continues in verse 6, “In all thy ways acknowledge him.” (Proverbs 3:6). In everything we do, act, speak or think we are to acknowledge God. “And he shall direct thy paths.” God, Himself, shall direct us in the way we should go. C. I. Scofield says, “The word ‘trust’ in the Old Testament is the same word as ‘believe’ in the New Testament” (p. 600). “Believe” means to have faith in. If we put our faith in Him, He is our refuge. He is the One we can lean on. He will carry us through difficult times and we do not need to fear. God has His reasons for allowing certain circumstances. They are all for our sanctification. We can trust Him.
Thought for Today: I’ve come to realize that only finishing this race of life victoriously is all that matters.
Thursday, December 9, 2004 4:30 a.m.
I’ve been praying and asking God to help me trust Him more. Sometimes that can be a scary thing. But if you truly trust Him you will turn all matters over to Him and leave them in His hands. His ways are so far above us that we can never understand. When I finally get to the place where I can sit on my suitcase in the rain, as Amy Carmichael did, and say, “Ok, Lord, what now?” then I’ve learned to trust Him. It’s a life-long struggle, an up-hill battle, a constant challenge. But, hopefully in time, through God’s grace, I will learn to trust Him; trust Him in all matters no matter how big or small; trust Him in all circumstances; all relationships; just trust Him. Lord, help me learn to trust you, “as the earth which drinketh in the rain…” (Hebrews 6:7). You shall water me when I’m dry and in need of drink. You shall cloth me when I’m in need of protection. You shall provide my daily portion. From Thy hand all blessings are received. None comes of it self, all comes from Thee. Help me Lord, to trust more in Thee.
Thought for Today: “Only Trust Him! Only Trust Him! Only trust Him now.
He will save you! He will save you! He will save you now!”
(John H. Stockton, 1813-1877)