The Spiritual Practice of Trusting in God: Day 8 of 8

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The Stronghold of My life

-Rick Hocker

I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. -Ephesians 3:16-19 (NIV)

Either God can be trusted or not. You have to decide this for yourself. It's important to figure this out because there's a huge difference between trusting in yourself and trusting in God, between a fear-driven life and a peace-driven life. If God can be trusted, then trust Him with all your heart, mind, soul and strength. God is trustworthy and faithful. He will see us through every situation, even when it's dark and we can't see our way.

David knew about trusting in God. Here is what he says in Psalm 27 (NIV):

The Lord is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid? Though an army besiege me, my heart will not fear; though war break out against me, even then I will be confident. For in the day of trouble he will keep me safe in his dwelling; he will hide me in the shelter of his sacred tent and set me high upon a rock. Though my father and mother forsake me, the Lord will receive me. Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.

Let’s pray: Lord, increase our thirst for You. Grant us holy desperation. May we pant for You like a deer pants for water. Cause us to dig deep and seek You until we find You. Break the power of fear in our hearts and help us to let go of the things we cling to. Enable us to trust You with our entire being and to trust You with all outcomes. Thank You for your faithfulness and for loving us so fiercely. Amen.


About the Author

Rick Hocker is a game programmer, artist, and author. In 2004, he sustained a back injury that left him bedridden in excruciating pain for six months, followed by a long recovery. He faced the challenges of disability, loss of income, and mounting debt. After emerging from this dark time, he discovered that profound growth had occurred. Three years later, he had a dream that inspired him to write his award-winning book Four in the Garden. His intent was to illustrate one's growth toward deep communion with God, and to share the insights he gained from the personal transformation that resulted from his back injury. Rick lives in Martinez, California, with his husband, Mark. Find out more at rickhocker.com and at  amazon.com/dp/0991557700.