Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass. -Psalm 37:5 (KJV)
A fellow agent shared this verse at the perfect place and time, as God planned! He works through us to help one another.
There’s lots of metaphor and imagery around us stepping out of a boat onto choppy, stormy water in faith. And that is all very much the walk we need to walk, as Peter managed (momentarily) when Jesus called him to step out of his boat.
But there are other times when we need to trust in the boat God has placed us in, no matter how crazy the waters are. We can glorify Him in showing our faith in Him that His boat will carry us through these terrible, stormy waters, to better things ahead.
He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn, your vindication like the noonday sun. -Psalm 37:6 (NIV)
Your choppy waters might be relationships, or fear, or addiction, or worry. No matter what you face, choose to respond in a way that honors God. Don’t shrink if you face injustice. Don’t let fear or worry dominate you. Don’t face addiction without the support tools and people who can assist you in a fight you shouldn’t face alone.
Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him; do not fret when people succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes. -Psalm 37:7 (NIV)
If it’s people you face, persevere in a godly–not ungodly–manner. God is with you and will see you through. He sees what’s happening!
Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret–it leads only to evil. -Psalm 37:8 (NIV)
The key to being steady is to look at what’s happening before you and stop cataloging how something or someone else is wrong, but to look inward and see if there isn’t something you can change to please God in how you respond. Your response is your responsibility, and that doesn’t mean that everything will magically be fixed by your response, but how you respond can show your faithfulness and obedience to the Lord.
Steady as she goes, sailor. God sees your steadfastness and suffering, as He does your obedience and faith. Better waters lie ahead.