Worry, faith and the cross

Editor’s note: Part III of a three-part series

Psalms 20: some trust in chari-ots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.

 

In conclusion to our three-part series on trusting in the Lord, there is one last point to cover. We know that there is only one who is able to satisfy all of our longings for justice, all of desires for meaning and purpose and is trust worthy to the end. That's not the issue. If we know and believe in Jesus Christ to be everything that he claims and we are sold out in our allegiance to him, then what more is there? It's you. It's me. I can only speak for myself. I know that I am weaker and feebler in faith than I want to admit. All seems well with my soul when things are go-ing perfectly well in work, health and Family. I can’t imagine just how weak I am until I am on the receiv-ing end of some injustice or unexplaina-ble events. For example, a few years ago I had a Christian co-worker who made me simply misera-ble. Nothing I did was good enough.

If I went left, I was wrong. If I went right, I was wrong. It was as though I was wrong for simply breathing. Subsequently, during that period of my life I was more irritable and paranoid than I care to admit. I pleaded with God for an-swers. The good news is that re-cently that co-worker apologized and asked me for forgiveness. Praise the Lord. Yet, as I reflect on those darker days, I wish I was stronger. I was so incapable of managing my pain and frustration. It’s OK. Never did I sense aban-donment or loneliness from the Lord. He was always faithful and true. In Psalms 33, the au-thor repeats Psalm 20 with additional truth. “No king is saved by the size of his Army ... a horse is a vain hope for deliverance ... But the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear him, on those whose hope is in his unfailing love.” God know you. He knows your heart’s longing for him. You don't have to wonder if God loves you. You don't have to question him or guess. If his eye is on the sparrow, how much more is he watching over you. As the rest of the world may or may not descend into chaos, confu-sion or even civil strife, keep your eyes on him whose eyes are on you.