I said, “Oh, that I had the wings of a dove! I would fly away and be at rest–I would flee far away and stay in the desert; Selah Psalm 55:6-7
There have been times in my life when I could have written that verse. I have a feeling you know what I’m talking about. I have a feeling you’re like me, and you know what it’s like to want nothing more than to fly away and be at rest. And we wouldn’t even need wings or an airline ticket. A moped would be fine . . . just as long as it could take us away!
Away from health issues, disappointments, and lost dreams. Away from those fears that can take over our lives. Will I ever see my speaking ministry grow? Will my marriage ever be what I want it to be? Will my children ever live the life I dream for them?
In these verses, David was ready to fly away and hide. (Of course, most people would agree he had a pretty good reason to skip town–after all, his son, Absalom, was trying to kill him!)
Throughout Psalm 55, David verbalizes his fear: “I am distraught . . . Fear and trembling have beset me . . . Evening, morning and noon I cry out in distress.”
But it’s crucial for us to see that even with all his rantings and ravings and cries of despair, David ended his pleas of Psalm 55 with these words: “But as for me, I trust in you.”
I trust in You.
There he was, fearing for his life, running from the possibility of death, and yet he trusted in God.
What about us? Do we trust in God?
Do we really?
Oh, we trust in Him as Creator. We even trust in Him as Father, Lord, and the Holy One. Yes, most of us can honestly say we trust in Him. But the question is . . . do we trust Him? Do we trust Him with the details of our lives?
I have to admit, there have been times in my life when I haven’t trusted Him. I didn’t trust Him because I believed a lie of Satan–the lie that says I have to be in control. And everything seemed out of control.
But the truth is, it was simply out of my control.
As believers, we know we have the Holy Spirit. But does the Holy Spirit have us? Have we submitted to His authority and power in our lives? Have we swallowed our pride, exposed our weakness, and handed our future over to Him?
That’s not to say our problems will be resolved according to our preferences. But God does promise that everything will work out for His glory, that He is in control, and that He–and we–can handle it. All we have to do is submit ourselves and our messes to Him, and then trust Him with the details of our lives.
He wants only the best for us, and He’s the only One Who knows what that best really is. It may not be the new house we want or the speaking contract we long for. The best for us may not even be our healing. But Romans 8:28 promises us the best is what we’ll get . . . for His glory.
We want peace. And Satan is eager to give his version of it. But his answer to fear is a lie. After all, he is the Father of Lies–he’s incapable of telling the truth!
But we don’t have to drown in fear, because we have a well of Living Water. In Balance that Works When Life Doesn’t, my friend Susie Larson says, “Don’t leave the well. Don’t be so uncomfortable with your pain that you rush to a quick fix to cover it up. In your loneliness, in your hard times, and in your waiting, stay by the well until the true, pure water comes. He will come for you. He will bring healing and a new direction for your lives.”
So whether your struggle today is about speaking or health or relationships, remember these words of Jesus:
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. John 14:27
The Prince of Peace is coming. Have no fear.
Grace and peace be yours in abundance,
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