Tag Archives: trust

So Clever

We think we’re so clever,
know so much,
have all the answers
– or can find them.

(and sometimes we are
there are amazing discoveries
and science, at times,
is awesome
and serves us well)

But do we really know,
the depths of the truth?
Do we understand
what is really happening?
Can we grasp
how it all comes together?

Have we lost our awe,
our ability to wonder
and leave it at that?

Can we grasp
that some things
we just need to leave with God
and allow him
to work it out
and for us?

Can I accept
that some things
I will never know,
I can trust the God who does?

You Lord
keep it all together,
you know,
and hold

may I trust
in you
and hold tight
to your goodness,
and love.

Job 38:1-7, 34-41 (CEV)

The Lord Speaks

From Out of a Storm

38 From out of a storm,
    the Lord said to Job:
Why do you talk so much
    when you know so little?
Now get ready to face me!
Can you answer
    the questions I ask?
How did I lay the foundation
for the earth?
    Were you there?
Doubtless you know who decided
    its length and width.
What supports the foundation?
Who placed the cornerstone,
    while morning stars sang,
    and angels rejoiced?

34 Can you order the clouds
    to send a downpour,
35 or will lightning flash
    at your command?
36 Did you teach birds to know
that rain or floods
    are on their way?
37 Can you count the clouds
or pour out their water
38     on the dry, lumpy soil?

39 When lions are hungry,
    do you help them hunt?
40 Do you send an animal
    into their den?
41 And when starving young ravens
cry out to me for food,
    do you satisfy their hunger?

The Father Revealed iii

King Nebuchadnezzar’s Gold Statue

King Nebuchadnezzar ordered a gold statue to be built ninety feet high and nine feet wide. He had it set up in Dura Valley near the city of Babylon, and he commanded his governors, advisors, treasurers, judges, and his other officials to come from everywhere in his kingdom to the dedication of the statue. So all of them came and stood in front of it.

Then an official stood up and announced:

People of every nation and race, now listen to the king’s command! Trumpets, flutes, harps, and all other kinds of musical instruments will soon start playing. When you hear the music, you must bow down and worship the statue that King Nebuchadnezzar has set up. Anyone who refuses will at once be thrown into a flaming furnace.

As soon as the people heard the music, they bowed down and worshiped the gold statue that the king had set up.

Some Babylonians used this as a chance to accuse the Jews to King Nebuchadnezzar. They said, “Your Majesty, we hope you live forever! 10 You commanded everyone to bow down and worship the gold statue when the music played. 11 And you said that anyone who did not bow down and worship it would be thrown into a flaming furnace. 12 Sir, you appointed three men to high positions in Babylon Province, but they have disobeyed you. Those Jews, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, refuse to worship your gods and the statue you have set up.”

13 King Nebuchadnezzar was furious. So he sent for the three young men and said, 14 “I hear that you refuse to worship my gods and the gold statue I have set up. 15 Now I am going to give you one more chance. If you bow down and worship the statue when you hear the music, everything will be all right. But if you don’t, you will at once be thrown into a flaming furnace. No god can save you from me.”

16 The three men replied, “Your Majesty, we don’t need to defend ourselves. 17 The God we worship can save us from you and your flaming furnace. 18 But even if he doesn’t, we still won’t worship your gods and the gold statue you have set up.”

19 Nebuchadnezzar’s face twisted with anger at the three men. And he ordered the furnace to be heated seven times hotter than usual. 20 Next, he commanded some of his strongest soldiers to tie up the men and throw them into the flaming furnace. 21-23 The king wanted it done at that very moment. So the soldiers tied up Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego and threw them into the flaming furnace with all of their clothes still on, including their turbans. The fire was so hot that flames leaped out and killed the soldiers.

24 Suddenly the king jumped up and shouted, “Weren’t only three men tied up and thrown into the fire?”

“Yes, Your Majesty,” the people answered.

25 “But I see four men walking around in the fire,” the king replied. “None of them is tied up or harmed, and the fourth one looks like a god.”

I couldn’t do it,
I couldn’t worship one
who wasn’t you.
Not even threats
and punishment
could convince me to.

I stand by something stronger,
I live,
O Lord,
by you.
I trust
in you alone.

In the heat of the fire
you came to me,
you did as you promised,
we were not left alone.
You were revealed among the flames,
the One
who does not abandon
those who live by your ways.

give me the strength
to stand for you,
to live for you,
to not be swayed
by what others say
and do
and try to drag me into.
May I not be tempted,
but stand strong
in the knowledge of your presence,
your help,
day by day

Burn Us Up

Don’t Be Annoyed

(By David.)

Trust the Lord

37 Don’t be annoyed by anyone
who does wrong,
    and don’t envy them.
They will soon disappear
    like grass without rain.

Trust the Lord and live right!
    The land will be yours,
    and you will be safe.
Do what the Lord wants,
    and he will give you
    your heart’s desire.

Let the Lord lead you
    and trust him to help.
Then it will be as clear
as the noonday sun
    that you were right.

Be patient and trust the Lord.
    Don’t let it bother you
when all goes well for those
    who do sinful things.
Don’t be angry or furious.
    Anger can lead to sin.
All sinners will disappear,
    but if you trust the Lord,
    the land will be yours.

Ooooh!  Don’t be annoyed by anyone… (or as the KJV says, “Fret not yourself” – love that!) That is so a message I need to hear.  Oh, there’s more of that sentence.  Don’t be annoyed by anyone who does wrong.  Still an equally important message.  We are not responsible for their actions – but we are for our own.  Whilst we’re busy looking at what others are doing and sitting in judgement on their mistakes, are we missing our own?  Does it make us feel better to sit in righteous indignation?

I sometimes think that these “fly on the wall” tv series are designed to make us feel better about ourselves.  To be able to look at the lives of others and think, “I would never do that”, to judge those we have no idea of their lives, and consider ourselves better.

The message of this Psalm is don’t worry about those who do wrong, let God deal with them.  That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t campaign against wrong, for example the atrocious fancy dress costumes highlighted last week that after a social media campaign were withdrawn, but that we shouldn’t worry if those who do wrong seem to be getting along and doing well.

We should trust God and do what he asks of us – not dissimilar to God’s reply to Habakkuk