Trust Him and Seek Him
Written by: Blair Lane
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Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding.
Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.
- Proverbs 3:5-6
I had become really good at ignoring all of the things that the news and media were saying about COVID-19. On the day that my college announced students could leave to finish the semester online or stay on campus to work, it suddenly became a lot more real. I began to realize just how much it could affect me and the people I love.
I felt overwhelmed and confused by it all. I couldn’t decide what to do. If I stayed on campus, I was guaranteed a job and place to stay for the foreseeable future, but I had to be away from my family during a time of uncertainty. If I went home, I could be with my family, but I would probably be out of work for a couple of months.
Everyone around me was stressed, and I didn’t know how to respond. There was too much noise and were too many unanswered questions circling in my head for me to focus long enough to make a decision.
One phrase kept coming to mind: “Be still and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10).
In the midst of all of the chaos and stress and uncertainty, I had to slow down and quiet my heart to listen to what God wanted for me. He didn’t want me to make the decision on my own out of fear.
Because that’s what it was: fear.
I was afraid of what might happen if I made the wrong decision. I wanted to be with my family because I was afraid of what might happen while we were apart. But God showed me that the wiser decision was to stay where I was to be a support and friend to others, and to allow me to grow in ways that I couldn’t have at home.
One of my favorite verses, 2 Timothy 1:7 (NKJV), says, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” God doesn’t want us to be afraid of anything—especially the future. He wants us to remember the power He gives us through love. He wants us to approach everything with a sound mind.
Life is hard enough as it is without allowing satan to cloud out good judgment with fear and stress, but only with God can we truly have clarity.
So that brings me to Proverbs 3:5-6. Ultimately, God wanted me to learn that, if I have faith to put all of my trust in Him—if I can “be still and know” that He is a God Who gives me a “spirit of power and of love and of a sound mind”—then He will show me which path to take. He will help me to make the right decision, as long as I am truly seeking His will.
Now, as I am writing this devotion, new cases of COVID are popping up all around me in Pensacola and on my college campus. All I want to do is cry out to God and ask Him why things are getting worse again. I’m once again surrounded by a multitude of voices with their own opinions on how I should be reacting to all of this.
But God has perfect timing.
He knew what I would be going through when I wrote this. He knew that I would need a reminder of how He was with me through the months of uncertainty before, and He will be with me through it again. And again. And every time until the end.
Only God can understand what’s going on in the world. Only God can show us which paths we should take, as long as we are actively seeking His will. If we can be still long enough to hear Him, then we can truly have peace, despite the world around us.
1. What are some things that God has revealed to you in the past when He asked you to “be still”?
2. What might He be trying to reveal to you now?
Dear God, thank You for giving me a sound mind in the midst of a world that is fighting to keep my attention divided. Thank You for bringing me through hard times in the past and for the amazing works I know You will continue to do. Quiet my heart so that I can have the rest and peace that only You can give. Help me to always remember that You are God, and that You know where the paths before me will lead. Amen.
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