In returning and rest you shall be saved;
In quietness and confidence shall be your strength.
~ Isaiah 30:15 ~
God is teaching me to implicitly trust Him. Implicitly means without doubting or questioning, even when the path has shadows or is dark and indistinct.
Doubting arises when one is uncertain about something and leads to indecision and fear of doing something wrong.
Questioning confuses and unsettles one so much that it is impossible to hear what God is saying, and leads to anxiety and fear.
Doubting and questioning make us forget that we are not alone and sightless; Jesus is with us. Doubting and questioning cascade the mind and emotions into anxiety, despair, and fear, quickly replacing God’s presence, peace, hope, and love.
The beginning of implicit trust in God is surrendering control to Him. For me, it began by having Isaiah 30:15 come mind and putting it into practice. Instead of focusing on the situation, I turned to Him and rested in the knowledge that He was working everything out for my good.
By recalling all the times God has been faithful to work out past situations, I became more confident than ever that God is truly trustworthy. I asked for instruction on how I should respond to my situation, according to Psalm 32:8, “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye.”
Psalm 46:10 was next, “Be still and know that I am God.” In being still, I saw His “good and acceptable and perfect will” for me.
Then, “Your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, ‘This is the way, walk in it,’ Whenever you turn to the right hand or whenever you turn to the left” (Isaiah 30:21).
His thoughts toward me are “of peace and not of evil, to give [me] a future and a hope” (Jeremiah 29:11).
So began my journey into having my mind shored up, like a castle during a siege. The Lord is using these verses to help me win mind battles and enable me to grow in implicitly trusting Him:
“For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ…” (2 Corinthians 10:3-5).
“[D]o not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God” (Romans 12:2).
“Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy–meditate on these things” (Philippians 4:8).
In these verses I saw the truth of what was going on in my mind, how to shore it up, and renew it. When an untruthful or impure thought pops into my head, or my imagination goes off into scenarios, I take an imaginary lasso, hurl it at that thought or imagination, capture it, bring it to Jesus, and hand it to Him—effectively putting an end to whatever was going on in my mind. But first, I have to recognize that that thought or scenario is not the truth; and God is being faithful to show me when things that are not true, noble, just, pure, lovely, etc., come into my mind.
Each day, God is giving me opportunities to renew and retrain my mind; and though I have distracting moments that send me awry, when I turn to Him, He sets me on the right path again with regained vision and purpose.
Heavenly Father, in Jesus’ name, thank You for Your instruction and guiding me with Your eye. Precious are Your thoughts toward me! Thank You for the peace, hope, and strength that comes from Your grace each day. How blessed I am to have the everlasting Father in my life! There is none like You! My soul joins with David’s and says, “Bless the LORD, O my soul; And all that is within me, bless His holy name!’ (Psalm 103:1). Amen.