Draw Near to God: Day Four

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Day Four: Trusting God to provide and protect

 He will not let your foot slip —

he who watches over you will not slumber;

The Lord watches over you –

The Lord is your shade at your right hand;

The sun will not harm you by day,

Nor the moon by night. 

 Psalm 121: 5-8

 It’s no wonder that the pilgrims sang this song to each other on the road to Jerusalem.  There were dangers everywhere.  They had to combine faith and trust to make the journey.  We are on our way.  We have looked at the world, ourselves and at our Creator. Now comes a new question:  Can we trust Him? The journey to the heart of God requires faith and trust.  But how to we develop them? It all seems a little risky.

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If I climb out on a strange limb, I choose to risk that the limb will be strong enough to hold me.  This is an act of faith.  If I have been out on the limb before, and it has held me, I will have some trust in it.  I will still need to make the choice of faith that the limb has not weakened since the last time, but I face less of a risk because of my preexisting trust. . . Faith looks to trust and often chooses to rely on it, but it is always a risk.

We learn from experience that God is good because we have risked that God is good. . . For each layer of trust that builds up, another, more challenging risk is offered.  True faith choices therefore always feel like risks; they just go on, involving deeper and deeper levels of our being.

Gerald May, Addiction and Grace

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 My Lord God,

            I have no idea where I am going.  I do not see the road ahead of me.  I cannot know for certain where it will end.  Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so.  But, I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you.

            Amen

Thomas Merton, Thoughts in Solitude

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What are risks to drawing close to God?  What are the possible benefits?   It seems confusing.  To develop trust in Him we have to trust Him.  Can we take a step toward Him and see what happens?

Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.

James 4:8

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  1. sustainabilitea
    September 4, 2013 at 7:53 am (7 years ago)

    I think one risk is that He will ask much of you, which is also a blessing and the only way to spiritual growth. Even if we trust in Him, we don’t always know where He’s leading us and what trials we might go through. That’s scary, even when we’re trusting.

    janet

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    • Writing Sisters
      September 4, 2013 at 8:43 am (7 years ago)

      Yes, It is a comfort to me to know that faith is scary to most people. I read one time about the number of times people in the Bible are told to “fear not”. Good advice but hard to do.

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  2. Stumbling into GRACE
    September 4, 2013 at 8:36 am (7 years ago)

    Thank you for this series -I love this verse and my heart is touched by these readings – I am forwarding to several people who are struggling
    God Bless
    susie

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    • Writing Sisters
      September 4, 2013 at 8:40 am (7 years ago)

      Thanks Susie, What we share here are the words that have touched our hearts at one time or another. I’m glad that these readings have spoken to you too. Blessings.

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  3. bennetta faire
    September 4, 2013 at 1:28 pm (7 years ago)

    I love this–perhaps because I’ve entered a level where I have more confidence in God than I used to. It’s exciting to build on that trust, to step forward with less fear, more expectation of His great Good. I know there will be more risks coming, probably some scary ones–but I must choose to believe that if the limb snaps off beneath my clumsy weight, God will most surely catch me. God bless you BIG, Sisters!

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