PSALM 62:8: “Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us. Selah” (ESV)
OBSERVATION: Do I trust in the Lord at ALL times? This is a difficult question to answer. It is difficult to answer because deep within my heart I want to, but if I am honest with myself – I do not. It is not that I purposefully draw away from the Lord. However – “drift” happens. I am going along thinking everything is going well – until I realize I have drifted off course. How does this happen?
When we are faced with times of great difficulty and challenge, as believers we are drawn to prayer and seeking the Lord. We look to the Word of God, we seek the Lord earnestly, we reach out for Godly counsel, and we open our hearts to receive. When the Lord leads us to the answer or the breakthrough that we need, when the storm is over, unknowingly we slowly begin to wane from the intensity of our pursuit of the Lord. As we navigate through smooth seas we are tempted to rely on our own experience and ability. The normal distractions of life begin to knock at the door of our hearts and before you know it – “drift” happens!
D.L. Moody was one of the greatest preachers who ever lived. His ministry took place during the late 1800’s. One of his most famous quotes was – “The world has yet to see what God can do with a man fully consecrated to him. By God’s help, I aim to be that man.” D.L. Moody knew and understood the problem we all face. The cure for “drift” is consecration. Consecration is the dedication of something for a special purpose. In this context it is the dedication of our lives for God’s divine purpose. This is what Jesus meant when He said – “…If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.” It is only through the Cross of Jesus Christ that we can live a consecrated life.
Paul spoke of this when he proclaimed – “But far be it from me to boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.” (Galatians 6:14 ESV) Everyone is susceptible to “drift”. It happened to the Israelites when they no longer had to depend on the Lord for their daily manna and direction. It happened to the early church when they became comfortable in Jerusalem and were not engaged in reaching Judea, Samaria, and the uttermost parts of the earth. It happened to the church of Ephesus when they settled into their common routine and neglected their first love. And – it happens to us when we are in the midst of blessing and times that do not within themselves push us to our knees. Through His Cross we learn to trust Him, to seek Him – AT ALL TIMES!
Lord, help me to seek You and trust You at ALL TIMES! Give me a consecrated heart and desire for You alone. Lead me to Your Cross where I am crucified to the world, and the world is crucified to me. Give me a deeper hunger for Your presence and Your Word. This morning I pour out my heart to You for You alone are my refuge and my strength! In Jesus Name!