“Trust…” I stammered out the scripture again, realising that I was actually shaking. The stress had been building up all afternoon as friends had popped in to try ‘this and that’ and had gloomily sounded a death knell. Eventually my nephew arrived and after a couple more hours pronounced his verdict, “There’s nothing I can do!” Have you noticed that when major things go wrong it’s never convenient?
The following morning I was reading about Jacob’s return to his homeland, and how, when he heard his twin brother was coming to meet him, he went into meltdown. ‘In great fear and distress,’ the scriptures tell us (Genesis 32:7) he began to take frantic action to protect his people and his possessions. I was arrested by ‘great fear and distress…’ and the record of Jacob’s subsequent arrangements. This man has known at least two decades of Yahweh’s blessing, has received great promises from Him, and is the divine choice to receive the covenant blessings. Jacob knows this, I muse, so why the panic?
As I pondered on his reaction the thought crept into my heart, “How many decades have you known the blessing of Yahweh? Why are you stressed?” Chastened, I rolled my burden over onto Him, and by the end of the day I had a new computer, all my files had been rescued and I was up and running once more. He sent angels to help me over the ‘bump’ – so why had I been anxious?
Handing over the unmanageable, the unthinkable, the overwhelming, or the distressing into the Hands of Yahweh is a difficult skill to learn, but it is the most sensible option and inevitably yields the ‘peaceable fruit of righteousness’. (Hebrews 12:11)
For just as each of us has one body with many members...