July 6: “The Comfort that Comes From Trusting the Lord”

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Be Still

To the best of your ability, get rid of all distractions. Take a couple of minutes to breathe deeply, to quiet yourself in the Lord’s presence. Then, prayerfully ask the Lord to speak to you in this time and let Him know that you will be listening and will make whatever adjustments He will reveal to you.

Today’s Bible Reading:

1 Chronicles 2:18–4:4
Acts 24:1-27
Psalm 4:1-8
Proverbs 18:16-18

Listen to the Lord

Slowly and reflectively read the following verses and listen to what God will say to you through them. Then, consider writing down any insights He reveals to you.

Psalm 4:6-8 (NLT): “Many people say, ‘Who will show us better times?’ Let your face smile on us, LORD. You have given me greater joy than those who have abundant harvests of grain and new wine. In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, O LORD, will keep me safe.”

Reflections from Scripture:

It is quite possible to trust in the Lord for salvation and yet fail to trust Him during the difficult times of life. I know because I periodically do it, and I suspect you do, too.

In the verses I have chosen for today, we hear that “many people say, ‘Who will show us better times?’” This seems to be people in the Jewish community whose God was the Lord, and yet they felt hopeless because they didn’t trust Him. Life was tough, and they were filled with despair.

Yet, the psalmist continued. He wrote about his own hope and where it comes from.

Psalm 4:6-8 (NLT): “… Let your face smile on us, LORD. You have given me greater joy than those who have abundant harvests of grain and new wine. In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, O LORD, will keep me safe.”

Do you have this kind of happiness in Jesus? Can you rest peacefully at night, even as the storms of life rage, because you are trusting in the Lord to keep you safe? Are you finding comfort that absolutely nothing can happen to you that doesn’t pass through His hands first?

Spend Time in Prayer

Lord Jesus, all too often, I realize that I am trusting You for my eternal life, but I’m not resting in You for my life on earth. I know of Your infinite love for me, Your infinite power, Your sovereign control over all events in Heaven and earth. Yet, I frequently realize that my mind knows what my heart hasn’t embraced. Help me, Lord Jesus, embrace the truths about You in my heart so that I can trust You in the tough times and find such peace, joy, and comfort. I pray this in Your Name, Amen.


Matt Ellis is the pastor of First Baptist Church in Polk City, Florida (fbcpolkcity.com). His latest book is God’s Grace in the Real World. Connect with him on FacebookTwitter, or LinkedIn.

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I have an incredible wife that God gave to me on May 10, 1997. Since then, the Lord has blessed us with three wonderful boys. I am also the pastor of the First Baptist Church of Polk City, Florida.

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