I am continuing my study of 1 Peter and hope to post a more lengthy commentary on it in the days to come, but today I was stopped dead by one phrase in one verse, 1 Peter 2.6:
The one who trusts in Him will never be put to shame.
This is a reference back to Isaiah 28.16 and is referring to Jesus. What caused the full-stop in my churning was a vivid remembrance of a similar imperative. You see, sometime ago (I’d have to go waaay back in some of my journals to discover when) in a time of stress and resulting prayer, I distinctly sensed the Lord saying to me, “Just trust my Son.” It was as if the words were a branding iron on my soul.
At the time, they brought spring-blue-sky clarity to an otherwise morose mind. They were a dynamic attitude adjustment, one that restored simplicity to my walk of faith and my perspective. It is relatively easy for all our faith-walks to be distracted or for us to be discouraged as we attempt to follow a God we cannot see.
In fact, Jesus described the problem profoundly in a parable about the soils. He described what happens to seed that is sown among thorns in Matthew 13.22:
The one who received the seed that fell among the thorns is the man who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke it, making it unfruitful.
What the Lord did for me a while back and again this morning was remind me of truth. I can trust Him. He is worthy of my dependence. He is in control. He is unconcerned about what I let myself be concerned about. Rather, He is concerned about greater things and desires for me to concern myself with them as well. In other words, He wants me to get a grip and get the big picture. To trust Him.
It is simplicity I ought to aim for. There is great detail-shredding and clarity-bringing simplicity in living a life of simple trust.
I was reminded of that again today.
In the reminder, I was reminded that one of the Lord’s greatest ministries to us is that of reminding. So often we let the thorns, or weeds of this life – worries, desires for wealth, etc. – distract us from what truly matters. In John 14, Jesus tells us that one of the primary roles of the Holy Spirit in our lives is to remind us: “But the counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.”
This promise was given to the disciples who had spent physical time with Jesus. He promised that He would bring back to their minds what He had told them. It us for us as well, but we first must have heard His words to be reminded of them. It’s another great and holy encouragement for us all to saturate our lives with God’s Word through regular Scripture reading and meditation. How much the Father desires to encourage and renew our hearts but that we have given Him nothing to work with in our minds. There is nothing there to remind us of! The thorns have choked out the seed.
I encourage you today to TRUST THE LORD. Whatever those three simple words mean for you in your time and your place and your circumstances, take them as an urgent promise and cling to them, for your life literally depends on their fulfillment. “You just must trust My Son.”
Trust in the LORD with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make your paths straight. (Proverbs 3.5-6)