Trusting God’s Control; November 7, 2017


Psalms 75:2-3 You say, “I choose the appointed time;
it is I who judge uprightly.
When the earth and all its people quake,
it is I who hold its pillars firm.

It’s interesting to have another reference to earthquakes. There are perhaps few things that are more terrifying to the average person, because they are essentially unpredictable even today (at least in exact timing and magnitude) and they are so totally unstoppable. That makes them good reminders of God’s omnipotence and our frailty. That makes the reference to people quaking very apt. In Japan, which has recorded earthquakes scientifically longer than any other country, it is a known phenomenon for some of the deaths from an earthquake to be either from heart attacks triggered by fear, or simply from sheer terror. Here God is reminding us that when the earth quakes not everything is going to fall apart, because He won’t let it. An actually more important part of this passage is the statement that God chooses when things happen, and He does it justly. We tend to get tied in knots over when things happen or don’t happen, but God sees the end from the beginning and He does it right. So the answer to anxiety and frustration is faith and trust, whether the issue is a natural disaster or anything else. In verses 6-7 the Psalmist points out that God is in control of human ranking as well, so there too we need to trust Him.

I’ve experienced a few earthquakes, though not with major damage in my immediate vicinity, and I’ve never been too uptight about rank, either mine or anyone else’s. However, the whole matter of timing has tied me in knots more times than I could count. By personality and gifting I hate to be late for anything, so it irritates me when others are late. God has been working on me about that, and I think I did pretty well about it yesterday, with various delays during the day. However, that was yesterday. It is entirely probable that I will get upset about the timing of something again today! That’s proof that I too am a work in progress, and I won’t be finished until I’m before God’s throne. I need to accept the lessons God provides and grow as He intends, to manifest the fruit of the Spirit more and more consistently, not just for my blessing and the blessing of the people around me, but for His glory.

Father, thank You indeed for Your patience with me. I would have given up on me a long time ago! Help me trust You enough to be fully available for whatever You want to do through me whenever You want to do it, not pushing my agenda or my schedule but yielding fully to Yours, because Yours is infinitely better than mine, whatever it might feel like to me at the moment. Thank You. Praise God!

About jgarrott

Born and raised in Japan of missionary parents. Have been here as an adult missionary since 1981.
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