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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:

Jeremiah 16:16–18:23
1 Thessalonians 4:1–5:3
Psalm 81:1-16
Proverbs 25:6-8

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.

Jeremiah 17:5, 7 (NLT): “This is what the LORD says: Cursed is the person who trusts in mankind. He makes human flesh his strength, and his heart turns from the LORD… The person who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence indeed is the LORD, is blessed.”

Reflections from Scripture:

Over and over in Scripture, we see God essentially asking people one thing: “Do you trust me?”

Adam and Eve needed to trust God regarding abstaining from eating the forbidden fruit.

Noah needed to trust God regarding building a massive ark to survive a worldwide flood that had never occurred before.

Abraham needed to trust God when he was commanded to leave his home in Ur to travel to an unknown land.

Peter needed to trust the Lord when he stepped out of the boat onto the water.

Thomas needed to trust that the Lord Jesus had really been resurrected.

These biblical stories of trust could go on and on.

And to be saved, every one of us must place our trust in Jesus.

Over and over and over in Scripture, we see that God wants us to trust Him.


  • Because trusting Him reveals how wonderful of a God He is.
  • Because trusting Him relieves much of our stress and worry.
  • Because trusting Him gives credibly to our faith in front of a lost world that is watching.
  • Because He is worthy of our trust.

Friend, do you trust God? Are you trusting in Jesus to save you? Are you trusting Him with whatever is going on in your life right now?

If not, why not? He’s in charge and can handle anything you’re dealing with. So instead of stressing, trust Him.

Spend Time in Prayer

For our closing prayer, allow me to personalize the chorus of a hymn I enjoy singing.

“Jesus, Jesus, how I trust You. How I’ve proven You over and over.
Jesus, Jesus, precious Jesus. Oh for grace to trust You more.”

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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