Bread – Trust

December 31, 2012


Readings for Monday, December 31, designated by the 1979 Book of Common Prayer: Isa. 26:1-9; 2 Cor. 5:16-6:2; John 8:12-19; Psalms 46,48

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Trust is a word often used and rarely achieved. Throughout our life, we find everyone falls short – ourselves, our parents, our children, our priests, our neighbors, our friends, our politicians, our men and women of both good and bad inclination. In the process of finding that we absolute trust results in predictable disappointment, we adopt an attitude of “trust, but …” In the language of faith, we adopt an attitude of “believe, but….”

Is it any wonder that our belief and practice is weak when we have fundamental doubts, based on our observations that nothing is absolutely trustworthy, so why should God be any different?

But God is different. In Him there is no deception, no lack of honesty, no lack of “follow through.” Oh, there may be times of testing, times of strengthening, times when we are asked to suspend our observation of life and trust, really trust in something greater than ourselves (God), times of wondering, times of wandering, times of apparent inconsistency to our limited minds or perspectives, times of apparent delay to those same limited minds and perspectives, and times of “no.” That does not mean that God is untrustworthy; it means simply that He knows more than we do, that He loves infinitely more than we can love, that He is the Creator and we are but mere faint, and somewhat defective, images of Him.

Isaiah says today “You [God] keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You. Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord God is an everlasting rock.” Isa. 26:3-4. Paul in 2 Corinthians says “Behold, now is the favorable time; behold, now is the day of salvation.” 2 Cor. 6:2b The apostle John reports that Jesus said “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows Me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12

We begin a new year tomorrow. Perhaps our best resolution might be to put our trust, our absolute trust, in Him Who is the Light of the World. Now is the day of salvation, not tomorrow and not yesterday – today. Now is the favorable time. The light of life is one of perfect peace, because God keeps the one in perfect peace who trusts in Him.

Trust the Lord forever, for He is an everlasting rock.

Trust in the Lord, absolutely and unconditionally. And then let the New Year come. Because, abiding in the trust of the Lord, regardless of what the year brings we will live in peace, with the light of life. And what more could we really, really want.

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© 2012 GBF

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