Trust the Lord and let it go

There are so many Bible verses that encourage us to let go and let God. We read it anywhere, hear it often time, too often that it becomes so cliché in our eyes and ears, but maybe not in our hearts.
We know we should let go of the things we hold so tight that hinder us from trusting the Lord, yet it’s hard to let it go because we want to take control of it ourselves. 

We thought our ideas are the best; we thought we would overcome it by holding so much until it hurts, but we forget to trust. 

We may say we trust the Lord, but, we also want to take everything under our control. Dear friends, it is not trusting the Lord. It doubts His power that He is able.

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your understanding,” the Proverbs said. It is our understanding that set us back from trusting God. 

We all were, or even are there; I was there too and sometimes am still there. But remember this: that we are not a savior and could do nothing to save ourselves from the trial and temptation. 

We all need someone higher and bigger and mightier and smarter than us, and there is One. His ways are not our ways, nor His thoughts our thoughts. Trust the Lord and let it go (:

For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts.

Isaiah 55:9

A kid’s innocent trust

When we were kids, almost all of us were once scared of something. It didn’t matter how small or big or stupid that thing was, it would just terrify us.

Does thing change when we grow up? Not really, I guess. We are still scared of something, we’re just able to hide it better.
But thinking about how a child could overcome his/her fear by their innocent trust in someone; we’ve grown up learning well that not everyone is trustworthy, it then makes us lost that ability to trust. But isn’t there the One always keeps His promise and never once breaks it? Isn’t He enough for us to trust again? (: 

“Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will not pass away,” said Jesus, as noted in Matthew 24:35. His words are trusted, and therefore we can put our full trust in Him. If these huge heavens and earth will someday pass away but Jesus’ words will not, then it’s proof that we can trust Him; trust Him for the unknown tomorrow, for the unseen future, and for everything our eyes cannot grasp its image.

Let us come to Jesus and ask Him to mend our brokenness; the broken trusts we experienced throughout this life. He has come to save us, and is waiting for us to trust Him, again…

God’s mercies

What’s usually comes to your mind at night time? For me, morning hopes to come.

I love the night times when it’s dark and quiet, having a warm blanket, and smell the linen sheet.. all I want is to rest assured trusting God would bless my ease.

Another thing, when midnight comes, I could not wait the dawn breaks. The dark on the matin hour feels so long as if there were no end. I would long for the sun to shine and let everything be seen, brightly, clearly.

There is a hope I wait along by the night.

That is a new day I long for to start anew.

But there is no promise I would find hope in tomorrow, nor assurance of the shining sun on the day to come.

Then I found this: that God’s love and mercies never come to an end; not when the day-offs nor the sundowns.

His love is everlasting, His mercies always come anew; great is His faithfulness!

Known and Loved

Many of us, Christians, have heard and read the phrase “Known and Loved” countless times. Even so, not many of us live our lives as someone that is known and loved.

Before I started this blog, I accidentally deleted all posts from my two previous blogs and needed to redo everything anew. I shared my experience in my social media stories, also my thanksgiving when I did well arranging this new blog. Some responses were well received, and there was one thumb response from my previous professor, back in seminary.

Her simple thumb response gave me a new spirit that I could do this well. She knew me slightly more than any other professors that have taught me, my background details that none of the other teachers knows, my struggles, strength, and weakness, and I trusted her thumb response meant as a support, love and care, a recognition that I do it right. I told myself to do this right because of that love and support I got from someone that knows me well.

My mind went to the verse in Jeremiah 31:3, “I have loved you with an everlasting love;
therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you.” I was like, “why would someone still love you after (s)he has known you enough to not care about you?” The verse stated in Jeremiah 31:3 was the LORD says to Israel. The LORD knows how Israel was like, yet He loved them and is still willing to continue His faithfulness to them. This thought made me begins to read from the first chapter of Jeremiah to see what it was written to explain the kind of love the LORD gives to Israel. How the LORD took Israel and consecrated them to be His own, saved them and blessed them. Yet, Israel left the LORD, cheated on Him with other gods that are worthless; refused to repent even after the LORD repeatedly called them to come back to Him.

The LORD was the One that birthed this nation, yet they refused to look at Him and did not even feel it as sin. God knew their wicked hearts, yet He still called them His own. He still gave them His mercy if only they were to acknowledge their sins and come back to Him who made them. God was still calling to Israel for repentance; reminded them that He is their master that has chosen and saved them. It was not that the LORD so desperately loving them and would die without Israel loving Him back, like sick desperate ex-lover. NO! The LORD is the Creator, He has all the right and power to wipe Israel out to be no more and make a complete-new nation that would worship Him.

The excruciating deeds of Israel were pictured in the book of Jeremiah. Yes, The LORD loved and chose Israel, but without Israel, God is still God; without God, Israel would not have existed. In all the wickedness of Israel, the LORD still called to them, revealing His mercy and glory, even loved them and will still be loving them. And this is God’s love; not human desperate-kind of love. It is the love that comes with grace and mercy wrapped in the holiness of the LORD.

Did Israel, by knowing that they were loved by the LORD who knew them, make them repent from their sins and live their lives better? As a nation, it’s not likely. Not all of them will be saved, Isaiah said, because they choose not to believe. Therefore, we, who were not born as Israel, were grafted in.

For that reason, the same calling applies to us. Quoting Titus chapter two verse 11 that the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for ALL PEOPLE; we too, are called into His love. God knows us fully and completely, He sees our flaws and imperfection, yet still loves us and calls us to be His own. How then, we should respond to this kind of love the Lord has given us?

if the stars were made for beauty, we are made for the greater purpose!

Isaiah 42:5
Thus says God, the LORD,
who created the heavens and stretched them out,
who spread out the earth and what comes from it,
who gives breath to the people on it
and spirit to those who walk in it:

The Lord created the heavens and stretched them out, and it’s not an empty space! There are stars and planets, and satellites, and galaxies, and meteors, and billions of things my mind cant ever understand! He spread out the earth and what comes from it, and even gives breath to the people on it! Look, He has created man in His own image! He gives us breath, the breath of the Lord Himself! The zillions of stars on the space are so so mighty and wonderful but the Lord doesn’t give breath to it, but to us! if He creates everything in the galaxies so wonderful and beautiful and majestic, what can it be to us the one creation He created with His own hands!

Ephesians 2:10
For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

We are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus not for ourselves but for the good works He has in mind when He created us. Yes, because Mark 10:18 says

“And Jesus said to him, ‘Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone.’” None is good but God alone, so we would never do any good works outside Him.

If God creates everything out of nothing, we who are created in His image and likeness being given the ability to also create; create something out of what the Lord has created, and it is, by right, should be good – which is in God and for God alone. SDG.