Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion, which cannot be shaken but endures forever.
I try to give my trials over to the Lord, to “cast my burdens” on Him. I really do. But somehow I keep taking them back, worrying over them, re-living the pain or anticipating grief. Then I wonder where the joy of the Lord has gone or why the peace that passes all understanding seems to be missing. Sometimes my world seems to be crumbling like an old shack in an earthquake. Inside, I feel shaken to the core, unable to look beyond the present pain.
Yet God promises that those who trust in Him will not be shaken. Trusting Him means to trust Him to resolve the situation, to work good in all circumstances, and to give the strength needed to endure the trial.
I can look to the example of those who have gone before, those who have endured persecution and want, poverty and loss, life-threatening illness and chronic pain. How did they endure so much?
It comes down to a decision to trust God, even when the proof of His goodness is not before our eyes. Faith, after all, is the substance of things hoped for, not always what we see or touch. I make the decision to trust Him, because He has been faithful and kept His promises, to Abraham, to millions of martyrs, to the Brynza family. His promises are the same for me: He has kept them and will keep them always.
Worrying about the problem isn’t trusting God. Nor is rehearsing what I would say to a person who has offended me, or manipulating circumstances to get my way. Trusting God is searching the scripture for guidance, praying through the pain and confusion, and resting in the knowledge that He will give the faithful believer victory. Then I know that I am standing on firm ground, secure in the knowledge of God’s sure help.