“Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.”
Psalms 37:3 NLT
After yesterday’s command of “ Do Not Fret” comes the how: Trust in the LORD.
Trust means to lean on and be boldly confident in.
You can be boldly confident in the Lord because He knows what is happening even if you do not. He not only sees the short game – what will happen right now, but He also sees the long game – what will happen down the line.
Trust and do good.
While you trust in God, don’t be idle. Be productive and creative right where you are.
Dwell in the land – focus your energy on being present today and fully committed to embracing the small moments of wonder and joy. This season will change and a new season will be upon you before you know it. Don’t be so focused on what you can’t see that you miss what you can. Someone within the reach of your grasp needs a hug, needs prayer, needs someone to encourage them. Be that someone. This is your land. Where you are today. Make the most of it. Invest in it. Decorate the walls and take pictures of it. Celebrate what God has given you.
‘In “the land” which floweth with milk and honey; the Canaan of the covenant. Thou shalt not wander in the wilderness of murmuring, but abide in the promised land of content and rest.” – Charles Spurgeon
The promised land of content and rest is fulfilled in Jesus. It means that you and I are no longer doomed to wander in a spiritual wilderness but that in Jesus we find a home. A place to abide, to be content and rest. His work on the cross means our work is to trust, to rest, to settle down and rest in the luxurious love of the Father.
Enjoy safe pasture is a shepherding term. It means that your shepherd, the Good Shepherd, will lead you and watch over you. He will lead you to a place where you can eat until you are full. I know you are worried about not having enough right now. Ask Jesus to open your eyes to the abundance he is providing for you, here, in this place.
Whatever your day may bring, my friend, I am going to ask you to move the focus of your energy from fretting to trusting. Trust that Jesus has taken care of your past. Trust that He has your present provided for. Trust that He has your future in the palm of His hand.
How are you leaning on Jesus today?
What do you need to be doing while you trust God?
What are you celebrating?