How do you respond when the unexpected becomes a reality . . . when people disappoint you and what means most is taken away? Me? By nature, I shy away from conflict. I tend to be a runner, especially when fear grips my heart. When forced to face my fears, I have been known to come out fighting–like a bulldog on steroids–angry because I feel very alone and trapped. That is why I find this passage in Isaiah so meaningful:
This is what the Sovereign Lord, the Holy One of Israel, says:
In repentance and rest is your salvation,
in quietness and trust is your strength,
but you would have none of it.
You said, ‘No, we will flee on horses.’
Therefore you will flee!
You said, ‘We will ride off on swift horses.’
Therefore your pursuers will be swift!
A thousand will flee
at the threat of one;
at the threat of five
you will all flee away,
till you are left
like a flagstaff on a mountaintop,
like a banner on a hill.”
Yep, setting aside any thought of turning to God to confess my fears and trust in Him, that’s me . . . or at least is was me. How about you?
It would be devastating if the passage ended there. Thankfully it doesn’t:
“Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you;
therefore He will rise up to show you compassion.
For the Lord is a God of justice.
Blessed are all who wait for Him!
Whether you turn to the right or to the left,
your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying,
‘This is the way; walk in it.'”
(Isaiah 30:18, 21)
Over time God has given me a boldness to trust Him despite my fears.
It is a gift that I treasure and is what I endeavor to pass on to my clients–
a deeper appreciation for God as Sovereign and Good.
I was captivated when I heard the testimony of Lynsi Snyder, America’s youngest female billionaire. Lynsi was also a runner and bears testimony to the Sovereign Goodness of God. Watch and listen to her story of how her decision to stop running and boldly trust in God changed everything:
In Psalm 30:11 & 12 King David declared,
“You turned my wailing into dancing;
you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy,
that my heart may sing your praises and not be silent.
Lord my God, I will praise you forever.”
Because He is faithful . . . He is worthy of your trust!
ALL To His Glory!
*Lynsi Snyder, a White Chair Film – I Am Second®