Friday, July 27, 2012

When I Am Afraid


When I Am Afraid, Will I Trust in You?
Psalm 32:7; 56:3
Thou art my hiding place; thou shalt preserve me from trouble; thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance.
What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee.
When life is hard and questions don’t seem to have any answers, do I turn to the Lord for His guidance? Do I trust Him with all my heartaches and rely on Him to lead me through times of sorrow? Does He hear my cry, in the midst of the storm, or see the pain my heart endures? The answer, “Yes,” He hears my cry, He understands my pain and is acquainted with all my fears. Learning to cast all my anxieties upon Him and not take them back upon myself, requires I wholeheartedly and completely trust in God. 
Many years ago, Fanny Crosby, a Christian hymn writer blinded six weeks after birth, penned these words to the song, “All the Way My Savior Leads Me.” This song pictures a faithful, loving God guiding His child step-by-step through life’s darkest trials. 
All the way my Savior leads me––
What have I to ask beside?
Can I doubt His tender mercy,
Who through life has been my guide?
Heavenly peace, divinest comfort,
Here by faith in Him to dwell!
For I know, whate’er be fall me,
Jesus doeth all things well.
All the way my Savior leads me––
O the fullness of His love!
Perfect rest to me is promised
In my Father’s house above.
When my spirit, clothed immortal,
Wings its flight to realms of day,
This my song through endless ages:
Jesus led me all the way.
I can trust God to guide and lead me all the way and some day I will stand before His glorious throne singing with this dear saint of God, Fanny Crosby, “Jesus led me all the way.”
King Solomon wrote, “When times are good, be happy; but when times are bad, consider: God has made the one as well as the other” (Ecclesiastes 7:14). In the day of prosperity be joyful, but in the day of adversity consider: God also hath set the one over against the other, to the end that man should find nothing after him. In the bad times we are prone to doubt God’s tender care, and in the good times we tend to forget it. If we are to trust God in the good times as well as the bad, we must acknowledge how dependent we are upon Him in every circumstance of life. 
Annie Hawks wrote: “One day as a young wife and mother of 37 years of age, I was busy with my regular house­hold tasks. Suddenly, I became so filled with the sense of nearness to the Master that, wondering how one could live without Him, either in joy or pain, these words, “I Need Thee Every Hour,” were ushered into my mind, the thought at once taking full possession of me. I did not understand at first why this hymn had touched the great throbbing heart of humanity. It was not until long after, when the shadow fell over my way, the shadow of a great loss, that I understood something of the comforting power in the words which I had been permitted to give out to others in my hour of sweet serenity and peace.”
 I need Thee every hour, most gracious Lord;
No tender voice like Thine can peace afford.
Refrain
I need Thee, O I need Thee;
Every hour I need Thee;
O bless me now, my Savior,
I come to Thee.
I need Thee every hour, in joy or pain;
Come quickly and abide, or life is in vain.
Thought: O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out! (Romans 11:33). We must realize God is able to work in our lives with or without human means. Sometimes our prayers for deliverance or healing come through predictable means yet, God is not dependent upon the predictable that we can foresee He sometimes chooses the unpredictable to remind us that our trust in Him must be in Him and Him alone. The daily circumstances of life will give us an opportunity to bring glory to God whether in the small things or in the unbelievable situations of life. Whether the difficulty is great or small, we must choose to trust God and say with the psalmist, What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee. (Psalm 56:3).
Note: This devotion is dedicated to my friend, Rhonda Dodd and her dear husband, James, in his battle with cancer.

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