02: Take Courage, Have Faith, & Trust in God

WORSHIP: In God We Trust by Hillsong Worship

“We will follow where You go
We will trust through the unknown
I know You go before”

As you get older, you get to make more decisions for yourself. In all aspects of my life, I make it a point to discern carefully. Ateneo literally has seminars and even a required course on ~discerning for the future.~

Whenever I make a “big life choice” I always pray to God. I cast my uncertainties and concerns to Him. When I make the decision, I always feel good about it because I know that I’ve spoken to God about it, and it is He who is leading me.

After a few months, however, the decision starts to NOT feel right. Even with all the time I have spent thinking and praying on it. It’s in these moments where I blame God in frustration. Why have you placed me here? Why did you lead me here? WHY AM I HERE? ANSWER ME!!

This song reminds me that even though I feel like I’m wasting my life or that I’ve made the wrong decision, there is still meaning and purpose behind them. God NEVER makes mistaks, and He will NEVER lead us to the wrong places. It’s all part of His plan.

I know that in the future, when I look back to the exact moment of frustration I’ve felt, I WILL realize and know that it had to be done. This experience is a part of my life. In retrospect, always, everything makes sense. It might not right now, but it will, trust God.

“Now in God we trust
In His Name we hope
I know God will not be shaken
God is here with us
He’s already won
I know God will not be shaken”

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TRUTH: Psalm 56 

Psalm 56

Be merciful to me, my God,
    for my enemies are in hot pursuit;
    all day long they press their attack.
My adversaries pursue me all day long;
    in their pride many are attacking me.

When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.
    In God, whose word I praise—
in God I trust and am not afraid.
    What can mere mortals do to me?

All day long they twist my words;
    all their schemes are for my ruin.
They conspire, they lurk,
    they watch my steps,
    hoping to take my life.
Because of their wickedness do not let them escape;
    in your anger, God, bring the nations down.

Record my misery;
    list my tears on your scroll—
    are they not in your record?
Then my enemies will turn back
    when I call for help.
    By this I will know that God is for me.

10 In God, whose word I praise,
    in the Lord, whose word I praise—
11 in God I trust and am not afraid.
    What can man do to me?

12 I am under vows to you, my God;
    I will present my thank offerings to you.
13 For you have delivered me from death
    and my feet from stumbling,
that I may walk before God
    in the light of life.

 

REFLECT

I have this self-attacking tendency- mind brimming with doubts. I don’t allow myself to dream big things because I simply don’t think I can. There are these experiences that I do want in life, but I don’t take steps towards them. Instead, I feel like I’m steering myself further away from them.

The verses speak to me because in a lot of ways, I think that I am my own enemy. I’m an adversary to myself. Why am I so afraid? Why am I holding myself back?

When I try to answer these questions, I list all these external factors when I know that the real root of the cause lies within me: I don’t believe in myself.

The thing is though, that I don’t HAVE to believe in myself. I only have to believe in God.

 

 When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.
 In God, whose word I praise—
in God I trust and am not afraid.
    What can mere mortals do to me?

PSALMS 56:3-4 (NIV)

 

Let this be our battle cry in times of doubt in fear. “I put my trust in You. I put my trust in You.” There’s no one else we can put our full trust in, there’s no one we can fully trust but God.

When you are afraid, when you feel weak, call out for help, call out to God. May He lift you up and put your chin up high. Remember who’s by your side. Remember that God’s here for you.

“For you have delivered me from death
    and my feet from stumbling,
that I may walk before God
    in the light of life.”

PSALMS 56:10-11 (NIV)

 

GRATITUDE

  1. The pink-yellow tinge I was the world in this morning. Waking up early does have its perks.
  2. The look of leaves when the wind hits them. They literally look happy being shaken!
  3. The conversation I had with God on the swing. He gave me courage.
  4. Really soft ensaymada I had for merienda.
  5. Family. Always.

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