A few weeks ago at the Western Conservative Summit, it was good to run into Ron and Amy Stephens from Colorado Springs. Amy and I served together in the Colorado House and were part of the large group of new Representatives and Senators elected in 2006. Amy served as our majority leader my last two years in the House. She is a principled, passionate and practical legislator. I was supporting her in her bid for the nomination to the U.S. Senate before our mutual friend Cory Gardner entered the race.
It will be interesting to see what the future holds of many of our “class of 2006”. As far as I am concerned Amy would be at the top of my short list for Governor in the future.
BIBLE VERSE FOR TODAY… “Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion, which cannot be moved, but abides forever. As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the Lord surrounds his people, from this time forth and forevermore.” Psalm 125:1,2
We often hear of “mountain moving” faith. Yet we find in Psalm 125, one of the “Psalms of Ascent”, a reference to our trust in the Lord being like Mount Zion. The imagery is clear and significant. Trusting in the Lord brings stability to life. In an ocean of uncertainty the one thing that we can do to bring steadfastness to our world is to trust in the Lord. Trust and not be afraid. Trust and not waver.
Trust is needed when we don’t understand and when we face challenges beyond ourselves. (sounds like everyday) It is the companion of faith. When God called Abraham, he believed God, and he trusted in God to do what God had promised. Charles Swindoll well know pastor and President of Dallas Theological Seminary said, “That’s what this thing called Christian life, is all about….Going…yet not knowing.”
Trust provides a confidence to our life. Notice the psalmist says, “those who trust in the Lord…” are like Mount Zion. We can and do place our trust in various places. Our friends, our financial security, our government (sometimes), our spouse. Yet it is only trust in the Lord that brings true stability and confidence. At one time I would say that I trusted in my health. I use to go see my family physician every two or three years because of some strep or flue type symptoms and because we were both from the same high school. While I had some issues that seem to crop up with age and stress my body incurred in my running years, I really did not have or expect any challenging issues with my health. I found trusting in your health provides greater opportunities to trust in the Lord.
The second verse of Psalm 125 provides the reason for the assurance of our trust. “As the mountains surround Jerusalem so the Lord surrounds His people…” This reminds me of the time the Assyrians were coming against the prophet Elisha and his servant was trembling in fear. Elisha prayed for the servants eyes to be opened. “Then the Lord opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw. And behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.” (2 Kings 6:17)
Trust in the Lord enables us to see the natural through supernatural eyes.
When doubts and fears arise….just trust
When finances are in a crisis…just trust
When the doctor’s report is negative…just trust
When your kids are struggling…just trust
When relationships are on the rocks…just trust
When the job you counted on comes to an end…just trust
When God calls you to a God-sized cause…just trust
As you do you will find the Lord surrounding you now and forevermore!