Friday, January 27, 2017

My mother is right again

How often over the years, when I would pour out my problems and fears to my mother, she would respond with these words: "God is so pleased when we trust Him." Then she would faithfully remind me again of all the amazing things God had done for me in the past.

In her book, A Chance to Die - The Life and Legacy of Amy Carmichael, Elisabeth Elliot says:
"The Christian life comes down to two simple things: trust and obedience."
When Amy Carmichael's father died at the age of 54, her mother found strength in the words of Nahum 1:7:
 "The LORD is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth (or cares for) them that trust in Him."
This example of strength was passed down to Amy, just as my mother's words are passed down to me.

I like the way author Sarah Young refers to trust in her Jesus Calling devotional:
"Trust is a golden pathway to heaven." 
Ms. Young goes on to say that it is the most direct route to heaven. Compare the other route - focusing on our problems, doubts and fears. That route is filled with twists and turns in agonizing knots she says. So why would I want that route?

How to live this life of trust and obedience comes from one Source:
"We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne." Hebrews 12:2 NLT

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