I recently finished the book by Nancy Guthrie Be Still My Soul, a collection of readings about God’s purposes in suffering. In it I was struck by a quote by Jerry Bridges that has really resonated with me. Adversity has recently sought to overwhelm me. It’s been difficult and trust has been exactly this – “a vigorous act of the soul.” It’s been vital for me to keep in mind that I can’t just sit around and find myself trusting the Lord. I need to actively, vigorously attach myself to the promises of God in order to persevere. His word is so sweet and is my lifeline – especially in times that feel bleak.
“Trust is not a passive state of mind. It is a vigorous act of the soul by which we choose to lay hold on the promises of God and cling to them despite the adversity that at times seeks to overwhelm us.”
Psalm 19:7-10 ” The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul. The statutes of the LORD are trustworthy, making wise the simple. The precepts of the LORD are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the LORD are radiant, giving light to the eyes. The fear of the LORD is pure, enduring forever. The ordinances of the LORD are sure and altogether righteous. They are more precious than gold, than much pure gold; they are sweeter than honey, than honey from the comb.”