Strive to trust Him…

“But I am like an olive tree, thriving in the house of God. I will always trust in God’s unfailing love.” (Psalm 52:8)

Not only is an olive tree a thriving tree, it is one of the longest-living trees. Here, David is contrasting God’s eternal protection of his faithful servants with the sudden destruction of the wicked.

Anything that tends to make us anxious is a growth opportunity. We can either place our trust in God and thrive, or, we can be swallowed up by the waves of anxiety that engulf us. And isn’t it so, that more often than not the anxiety we experience leading up to an event is far more uncomfortable than the event itself. Like the old expression goes, we tend to “build a mountain out of a molehill.” I can think of a thousand times that I’ve done this. I thousand or more times that I’ve fretted over the silliest of things. Of course at the time they didn’t feel silly, but looking back they sure seem petty.

“Trust the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all that you do. And he will show you which path to take.” (Proverbs 3:5-6)

At the same time, it feels silly to ask God for help and guidance when I have a problem that, compared to all the other problems in the world, is pretty insignificant. My problems are marbles compared to what other people are going through. But the beauty is that they’re not, not by a long shot. See, God wants all of us. Every aspect of our lives, big or small, he wants it. In fact, he commands it! We have to “pour out our hearts to Him, for He is our refuge.” (Psalm 62:8)

Amen! What a joy it is to have a constant companion. No matter where the road takes me, with Jesus, the lines of communication are always open. I can always rely on Him. To have friends in this life is wonderful, but to have an eternal friend in Jesus is priceless.

photo credit: N. Feans Oliveira / Olive Tree via photopin (license)

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