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Have you heard the serpent’s whisper in your life recently?
“Did God really say…..”
As I myself struggle with trust in some areas of my life, I’ve heard this whisper from Genesis 3 when the serpent confronts Eve. Did God really say….
Sometimes, like Eve, I can respond forthrightly with what God said. But then, like Eve, the longer the whisper sits with me, the more I start to question. And it is there, that the whole swirl starts.
Doubts over whether what God told me is really best. Questions over whether I heard God right. Anxiety and fear that I’m somehow missing out on something.
When I’m facing a big choice or am living into a hard decision already made, it takes the deepest form of trust to brace myself from backpedaling.
Sometimes all I can do is say, “I trust,” “I trust,” “I trust,” with each push forward of the pedal. And the cadence carries me through the fog.
One Who knows me best,
There are times I sense more clearly
I know what I have to do.
Those are the times I feel more
But more often,
I’m in that inner fog
where the call and light are faint.
I struggle to remember if I heard
your voice at all,
and the cacophony of questions
becomes the tolling bell I hear –
each ring another round of
Are you sure?
It is in this time,
I grip your hand, Jesus,
remembering that you, too,
were asked if you trusted.
And you proved,
again and again,
how you did.
Everyday is practice to trust again –
sometimes, like Samuel,
it will take many tries from you
before I realize it’s your voice.
So please keep speaking.
I will do my best to
settle my heart
in listening, availability, surrender…
“Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus,
just to take Him at His Word
Just to rest upon His promise
Just to know, “Thus saith the Lord!”
“Jesus, Jesus, how I trust Him!
How I’ve proved Him o’er and o’er
Jesus, Jesus, precious Jesus!
Oh, for grace to trust Him more!”
Yes, ‘tis sweet to trust in Jesus,
Just from sin and self to cease
Just from Jesus simply taking
Life and rest, and joy and peace.”*
* Stanzas from the hymn “Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus”