Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Trusting In The Wise Council Of God

          What do the Scriptures say concerning anxiety, and how can trusting in God's divine providence be a pillar of strength for us during times of pain and misfortune? These types of questions merit an answer for at least two reasons. First of all, things relating to the spiritual realm or our personal relationship with God are by their very nature greatly significant. Secondly, knowing how to firmly rest in the promises of our divine Creator can help us to retain our faith during hard times. For the Apostle Peter wrote: "Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you" (1 Peter 5:7).

          The Bible contains multiple exhortations for us to constantly depend on God to sustain us as we live day by day. As the Lord Jesus Christ instructed His disciples in praying: "Give us this day our daily bread" (Matthew 6:11). God is the source of all life. His self-sufficiency permeates in every area where we fall short. We can never be truly strong independently of His grace. We as humans small are frail creatures, suffering as a result of having a fallen nature. By contrast, His power, goodness, and understanding transcends our faculties in every way. Love, hope, mercy, truth, and righteousness are aspects of God's character. We must turn to and trust on Him always. We in our sinful state tend to place an emphasis on what our hearts want rather than what is objectively good for us. Our perception of what is true and right can also be mistaken. Hence, we see the need of turning to our Creator. Paul wrote the following to the church at Philippi when he was under house arrest: 

          "And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you." (Philippians 4:7-9)

          If we trust in the wise council of God, then we will also submit to Him on His own terms. We will seek after His will rather than our own, putting to death the deeds of the flesh. We will be encouraged and guided by the Holy Spirit in following His precepts. Trusting in the wise council of God means centering our lives according to His will. Trusting in the wise council of God involves us being a beacon of light in the midst of the calamities of this world. We must fight the good fight of faith, taking the truth as our sword and faith as our shield. If God is for us, then nothing can be against us. He will impart to us His supernatural peace. Nothing can snatch us from His grasp. We may not be delighted with or understand precisely what the Lord has in store for us at this moment. What we do know is that He wants to gradually polish and refine our character, just as a blacksmith forges jewelry. But the handiwork of God is that of perfection. We shall be fulgent like precious stones in righteousness with God. While here on earth, we must allow Him to cloak us in the robes of His divine grace in order that we may withstand the hour of trial. 

          "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord, and depart from evil. It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones." (Proverbs 3:5-8)

          The question of what Scripture has to say regarding anxiety is a question based on our current standing with God and how He can furnish us if we choose to place our trust in Him. It is important that we do so, for without Him nothing is possible. It is through God that we can discover the meaning of true and lasting peace, joy, and fulfillment. Those who do not confess Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, however, have every reason to be in fear. Eternity is too long a time to be wrong. The only way that sinful people can be reconciled to a holy God is through the blood of Christ. It is Him that we must entrust all our concerns each passing day. Fear, though an appropriate reaction in certain situations, is sinful if it is caused by an absence of trust in God. Examine the words which were spoken by our Lord Jesus Christ as recorded in the Gospel According to Matthew: 

          "Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat [or drink], or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds in the sky; they do not sow or reap, they gather nothing into barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are not you more important than they? Can any of you by worrying add a single moment to your life-span?...Do not worry about tomorrow; tomorrow will take care of itself. Sufficient for a day is its own evil." (Matthew 6:25-27; 34)

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