Psalm 131 is one of the shortest, but yet carries a powerful message. “My heart is not proud, O LORD, my eyes are not haughty; I do not concern myself with great matters or things too wonderful for me. But I have stilled and quieted my soul; like a weaned child with its mother, like a weaned child is my soul within me. O Israel, put your hope in the LORD both now and forevermore.” Life gets very complicated. We joke about solving the world’s problems, but we know we can’t. We fret about things that will probably never change in this world, things we have no power to deal with. The Psalmists cautions us against arrogance in thinking that we are greater than we are. And there it is again, that child like trust in the Lord. We do what we can in the sphere in which we have influence, and leave the rest to the Lord. Even in the busyness of your days, let you soul rest quietly in Jesus.
God is a God of order and peace. In creation He did things in a necessary order, light first, then solidness of earth, and so forth until He come to a time of rest. Jesus said to His disciples, ‘Peace I leave with you. My peace I give unto you.” His desire is that we have that same order and peace in our lives. It is not always easy. I find that I often have six things going around in my head at the same time. All important. All requiring some kind of fairly immediate attention. And I’m a person of lists. Without a list things get forgotten. God has given us a good lesson in creation, first things first. Do it, then move on. And above all, Jesus lesson to His disciples to live in His peace. There are very few pressing things today that really are going to matter a month, a year, from now. We are a people loved deeply by the Father, saved in the blood of Jesus Christ, and guided daily by the presence of the Holy Spirit. Let us learn to trust in that more, and live in His peace.
Can you imagine receiving an instruction from the Lord like Abraham received? “Leave your country, your people, and your father’s house, and go to the land I will show you” (Genesis 12:1). We would have to be pretty certain that it was the Lord who was speaking, and even then, would require a tremendous amount of faith and trust. We are told that Abraham (Abram, at that time) obeyed, and from that obedience a great people of faith was born, beginning a line that would lead to the Messiah. No, it is difficult for me to imagine receiving that kind of instruction from the Lord. Nevertheless, it is the kind of trust our Lord is asking of us. Jesus said, “Do not worry about your life. Your heavenly Father knows what you need” (Matthew 6:25-34). This is not a command to leave our home, but we are called to trust the Lord for all parts of our life, and not be afraid. It is this faith the Lord seeks in all of us.