Where Do You Go?
As we went around the room answering the question, “Where do you go?”, a pattern of “Trust, Surrender and Wait” upon the Lord began to clearly surface. Here are some of the scripture passages that were shared:
“Trust in the Lord with all of your heart and lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways submit to him, and He will make your paths straight.” (Proverbs 3:5-6 NIV)
“But blessed are those who trust in the Lord, who have made the Lord their hope and confidence.” (Jeremiah 17:7 NLT)
“For I can do all things through Christ, who gives me strength.” (Philippians 4:13 NIV)
“But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.” (Isaiah 40:31 NLT)
“Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for Him; do not fret when people succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes.” Psalm 37:7 (NIV)
“Do not be anxious about anything but in every situation, through prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7 NIV)
As we continued in dialogue, discussing where we go in the living Word of God, the Holy Spirit led us to remember and reflect on God’s intervention, when the Lord provided comfort and answered prayer. He is faithful, always.
We then acknowledged how easy it is to forget his faithfulness. Especially in times of crisis or distress, we can forget to be patient and wait upon the Lord, taking things into our own hands. God’s peace is always available to us, and we can rest in HIS love, His timing and His perfect sovereign provision. Ultimately, His gifts are much greater than anything we could have imagined or produced by ourselves in our own strength.
Trust, Surrender and Wait
We also discussed that we have true stories in the Word of God that communicate how our Lord loves us and wants us to “trust, surrender and wait” upon Him as He gives us His peace in His timeframe. As the Lord gathered with His disciples the last evening before His crucifixion for Passover meal, He said:
“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me. There is more than enough room in my Father’s home. If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am. And you know the way to where I am going.” (John 14:1-3 NLT)
Later that evening the Lord Jesus said:
“I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth, you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart because I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33 NLT)
What a glorious, merciful, loving God we serve, and His promises are trustworthy and true. The Lord, our God of all peace and comfort, is coming again soon.
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Thank you for the words you wrote. We are planning on going with the SIU approach to share the gospel in the country we are working with. What do you think of having a video channel on something like Instagram where SIU “members” could share a story , others watch and learn the story. Just an idea. Thanks again.
Thanks for taking the time to read the blog and for your encouragement! And yes that is a great to hear and a great idea and we actually have quite a few small groups and storytelling fellowships already doing that within their “circle” of people using Whatsapp or Instagram, etc. What we have found is that the Storying dialogue is very personal and also not for Mass Media but more of personal growth within their own groupings of people that they know and interact with.
I recommend you launch something like this within your own circle of believers and friends! …and see what happens.
These are the foundations that we live life on. Without them we become fearful and flounder no matter what were doing.
SUI your faithfulness to these principles has carried you through these last couple years of challenging time. And I believe God will honor that and open doors that no man can shut, and close the doors of evil that would try to hold you back.
This is a transition time to move forward I think we all since it. Holy Spirit help us to prioritize the best decisions as we reengage our assignments and fullness.
Thanks for reading the blog and your encouragement in His Word, HIs discernment and His timing. All Glory to God!
Such a timely and important message. The enemy is a master at stealing our peace. Only the Prince of Peace can put him in his place. All we need to do is trust Him, He’ll do the rest. “The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.” Psalm 18:2
Thanks for the encouragement and I love the words in Psalm 18! The Psalms are so comforting and full of His promises. He is all of that and more and is coming to get us soon.
Blessings to you,