Mission Devotional - August 27, 2018
Monday, August 27, 2018
Opening Prayer: Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion, which cannot be shaken but endures forever. As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the Lord surrounds his people both now and forevermore. (Psalm 125:1-2, NIV)
Scripture: Psalm 125:1-2
Journal: What does it look like to trust in the Lord? Does it keep you from being shaken? Why or why not? How can you have a more unshakeable trust in the Lord?
Reflection: If being shaken is the number one way on knowing whether we are really trusting in the Lord, I’m in big trouble. I mean, I get shaken all the time. My anxiety shakes me. My insecurity shakes me. My circumstances shake me. The list goes on and on. Does that mean I am not really trusting in the Lord? Maybe, maybe not.
I think the thing I’m learning about trust is that it is not a one and done type of thing, but a continual process. I might be able to trust God fully with one thing and then not really trust him fully with something else. I might be able to trust him one minute, and then not the next. The key seems to be in the turning - turning back to him, time and time again. The word for trust in the Hebrew is batach, which means to hide for refuge. To run to him again and again and again. Don’t get me wrong, I do think that there is a way to live in God to the point where we are able to trust him in all things; I just haven’t arrived there quite yet.
So for me, as I learn to live more and more in him, it is a process of running to him in every situation and circumstance. It is a choice I must make each and every time something comes along that disrupts my life or challenges my faith in him. Who knows, maybe through running to him over and over and over, I will eventually learn to never leave. I will eventually learn that I cannot handle this life on my own, and I should stop trying to do so. Maybe someday trust will be something I do naturally, rather than something I have to remind myself to choose. In the meantime, I guess continually returning to him will have to do.
Prayer for the church, for others, for myself
Global Partner Focus: North Africa & Middle East
Brian and Joanne are church planters in the United Arab Emirates. Brian is the senior pastor of a church there. They moved with their family to the UAE fifteen years ago to pioneer a student ministry there. Pray today for people attending their church who are not yet Christians. May their eyes, ears, and hearts be open to the gospel.
Mekong Ministries’ vision is to see churches among every Mekong People group that are spiritually healthy and glorifying God, reaching beyond themselves and planting churches in nearby unreached villages and unreached peoples. They seek to facilitate indigenous and Biblical church planting movements among unreached peoples of the Mekong Region. Pray today for the work of Mekong Ministries in China, Laos and Myanmar. They need God to move in power or all of their hard work and strategy will bear no fruit.
Closing Prayer: O Lord, it is easy for me to say that I trust you, but my anxiety and insecurity continually tell me otherwise. Help me to REALLY trust in you, for only then will I REALLY have your peace. Amen.