From Magic City Morning Star

J. Grant Swank
Troubled Times? Trust God
By J. Grank Swank Jr.
Jan 29, 2012 - 12:13:18 AM

Trust God. God is faithful to His own.

Do not let troubled times get to your soul. Keep your soul open to God continually.

Do not try to understand what is going on when you have faith in God. "Lean not unto your own understanding but in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths."

That means recognizing your logical mind must submit to trust. We walk by faith, not by sight.
We have minds that have been damaged due to The Fall of Adam and Eve. If The Fall had not happened, our minds would be in total alignment with God's eternal mind.

However, The Fall of our first parents brought about damage to nature and super-nature. The nature includes our mortal bodies which includes our thought processes.

No wonder the Bible says that God's ways and thoughts are far above ours. His mind is the perfect thought. Our mind is dented and worn. Permit God then to have His way and thought acted out in your days.

Submit your mind to God, believing that He is at work in the subterranean levels your consecrated life. It is not for us to understand every step of the pilgrim way. It is up to us to trust Him.

"Though He slays me, yet I will trust Him." That is Job's testimony. That is your trusting testimony if you surrender your all to the Savior God.

When the Israelites were delivered from Egypt's slavery, God purposefully guided them in a direction that logically would not make sense.

The short, convenient and efficient route would have been in the direction of the Philistines' turf. Why not take the logical, short route?

God instead put them in the wilderness, the latter being a longer trek. However, it was a safer one and only God knew that.

Israelites might have said to one another: "Let's take the short cut. It will get us to Canaan sooner." If they had done that, they would have discounted the divine directive.

However, they followed God's guidance, even His providing them a fireball in the sky by night and a cloud by day. He was certain to be faithful to those He had delivered from bondage.

If they had gone the short route, God revealed in Scripture that the Philistines could have attacked them, that alone causing them depression and possible defeat. Not so. God concluded they did not need any of that. Therefore, God mapped out the long, safe route rather than the short one.

Sometimes we wonder why God takes us on the long route rather than the short. Why He times life situations the way He does?

Don't wonder any longer.

Just trust the nature of God. He loved you enough to redeem you soul, give you the daily fellowship of His Spirit and provide heaven for you when you die.

This is the God then who knows what He is doing. Consequently, lean on Him alone.

In troubled times, trust God - simply.

J. Grant Swank Jr.

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