Psalm 11:1-“In the Lord I put my trust…”
David faced trouble upon trouble, crisis upon crisis, and on many occasions, could have died, but for God who rescued him. He therefore learned by personal experience, what it meant to trust God in trouble.
That’s why words like trust, rest, recline, shield, refuge, Shepherd, shelter, strong tower, rock, fortress, buckler, filled his vocabulary.
In the end, David was able to confidently testify: “I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.” -Psalm 37:25.
Apostle Paul too, faced many troubles. On one occasion he lamented: “We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed but not in despair.”- 2 Corinthians 4:18.
In the end, he testified: “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith, 2 Timothy 4:7.” He did, trusting God, all the way.
Crisis is an occasion for Practical Christianity. In isolation to avoid a dreaded disease, with food and other supplies gradually thinning out, and compounded by security concerns, we have a choice whether to look unto God, or seek help elsewhere. Fear and panic are exposed in their helplessness.
Worry and anxiety are deflated. The only sure anchor is Christ, the Solid Rock. All other grounds are proving to be sinking sand.
‘Trust’ means to have a firm belief in the reliability of God to see us through this crisis, no matter its dimensions or vagaries. Simply put, it is to have confidence in God.
Hear David’s bold affirmation: “They that trust in the Lord are as Mount Zion, which cannot be removed, but abideth forever.” -Psalm 125:1.
In this time of trouble, God is our only refuge, Psalm 9:9, and strength, psalm 37:39; so we have no choice but to trust Him completely.
Trust in God is reflected in the words that we speak and in the actions that we take.
It also shows in how we pray. This is a wonderful opportunity to win unbelieving family members over to Christ, by the confidence in God that we display at this time.
Your children will be quietly observing to see whether you will show fear, with all your profession of faith.
Your spouse will observe to see whether indeed, your Jesus is worthy of trust, as you’ve always preached.
Jesus too, is watching to see whether you will trust Him in this storm, or panic like the disciples, while in the boat with Him.
God uses crisis times to test the faith of His children.
Will you and I pass this test? This is the time to go back to your sermon notes.
This is the time to soak yourself in the study of the scriptures. This is the time to sing hymns and psalms unto the Lord. This is the time to truly know who your helper is. This is the time to read and enjoy the beauty and truth of psalm 121.
Finally, as the scriptures show, those who trust God during crisis, usually experience uncommon miracles.
The widow of Zarephath survived the famine, 1 Kings 17:8-16. Elijah was fed by birds, 1 kings 17:6. The widow of the prophet discovered her pot of oil during crisis, 2 Kings 4:1-7.
These can become our own Elijah Days too, when our pots of soup will supernaturally increase.
They can be days when unsolicited help will come from unexpected quarters. They can indeed be days of divine protection and deliverance.
May this be your testimony, as you choose to trust God throughout this crisis, in Jesus name. Amen.