Last Friday, I had an unannounced visitor show up at my door. His name is Unemployment. This was a visitor I was not ready to let back into my life. It had only been a year since he left. To make a long story short, the company I work for does not keep contractors after a year; something they failed to tell me. Basically I received a phone call last Friday afternoon to not report back to work on Monday. I’m sure you can imagine the sheer panic that set in. I made a few phone calls to verify and found out that I could come back to work on Monday, but Tuesday would be my last day. A few extra days is nice, but still leaves an unsettling feeling in your stomach.
While praying for favor and direction, I found this scripture. “They will have no fear of bad news; their hearts are steadfast, trusting in the LORD.” – Psalm 112:7 (NIV) Oh how I wish I had no fear towards bad news and could literally laugh at the days to come! But that is simply not the case with me. I do worry, I do play out all the “what ifs”, which clearly shows I don’t completely trust the Lord.
I received two daily devotionals on my “last day” and their messages could not have been more on time.
This is an excerpt from Joel & Victoria-
No matter what today has in store, as a believer in Jesus, you can approach the day with boldness and confidence. Why? Because the Lord is with you, and in Him is everything you need in this life. That means that if you need provision for something today, provision is with you. If you need wisdom today, wisdom is with you. If you need strength, joy or peace today, it’s with you. You can be confident today knowing that all of your needs are supplied spiritually, physically and emotionally because the Lord is with you.
This is a prayer from Os Hillman’s Prime Time with God-
Dear God, Thank you for your beautiful words of life, your Holy Bible full of wisdom, examples, guidance, instruction, promises, enlightenment, and life-giving knowledge. Thank you that your Word is such an encouragement at times, and a chastisement at other times. It helps me find answers to life questions that arise and gives me peace when I am confused. It teaches me about your power and love and reinforces the importance of following Jesus, my Savior, and of being a living testimony in this world. Please forgive me for not spending as much time in your Word as I should. Give me a thirst for more of it. Instill in me that desire for studying and learning and appreciating your Word. And please, ingrain your Word in my heart and mind that the Holy Spirit might bring passages to my remembrance whenever they are needed. Thank you, so much, for caring enough to provide your Word in print. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.
After reading that beautiful prayer from Os Hillman, I realize that the more I meditate on His word, the more peace and trust I develop. Eventually, my heart will no longer fear bad news. As it turns out, I received a four week extension on my job. I could have saved myself a lot of turmoil, if I would have simply trusted. A valuable lesson learned at the cost of my joy.
“God doesn’t call us to be comfortable. He callus us to trust Him so completely that we are unafraid to put ourselves in situations where we will be in trouble if He doesn’t come through.”
So I ask you, “Do you fear bad news or do you simply trust?”