Isaiah 26:4 “Trust ye in the Lord forever: for the Lord Jehovah is everlasting strength.”
The term “everlasting strength” is actually “the Rock of ages” in Hebrew.
(Deuteronomy 32:4 “He is the Rock, His work is perfect: for all His ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is He.”
This is the first place Rock is capitalized, spoken by Moses……signifying a Name of God.)
Psalm 84:12 “O Lord of hosts, blessed is the man that trusteth in Thee.”
“Believe” is to rest the full weight of your existence upon Christ;….”trust” is to “hold on” to Him.
We are to walk by faith and not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7),…..so when circumstances, people, or trials seem to interfere or hinder the work of God in us, or with others; we might doubt, or at least become faint-hearted.
Then, we are to trust:
Trust is not presumption (which runs ahead and does what it thinks best);….but trust is holding onto the Lord, and His sure Word,…..and doing what He wants, no matter how things seem.
To believe the Lord, will keep our inward life active….always looking to Him.
To trust the Lord, will keep our feet in the way He has marked out….for we are hanging on…..and by hanging on, we will receive the blessing.
Hebrews 10:36 “For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.”
When we are born again, we enter the straight gate, and the narrow way.
In this way, we meet with many things which will shake our belief, and try and tear us away from following Him.
There are difficulties,……trials……and failures by others……and by ourselves, which discourage us.
Yet we are to meet them in faith…..and faith always sees the Lord.
Then we are to hold on….or trust Him, for He knows, He sees, He is Able, and especially….He will for me.
By believing, we have joy in our service.
By trusting, we have peace in our walk.
This trust is based on experience….based on what the Lord has already done for us.
Have we experienced His goodness? Then why would we think He would remove it now?
Have we experienced His control over circumstances,……which we could not control? Then why question His ability to help, now?
Isaiah 26:3 “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on Thee: because he trusteth in Thee.”
(This Promise was given to me, years ago, and the Lord has reminded me of it many times since…..especially when I was becoming discouraged.
The promise is “perfect peace”—complete peace, of mind and heart. And I get it….by clinging to Him….and holding on to Him….to see to me,…through the trouble, trial, fear, sickness, etc.
And He has,…not that my trust has been complete. I have failed Him, and not had the peace He offered….though His Word was completed.
But He has never failed me,….though I have often been surprised by His way of dealing with things. [It is always amazing how God works things out!])
“Hang on to Me and My Word to you.” Jesus tells us.
How important it is for us to know His Word…..how precious is the Word we have stored in our hearts.
Times of distress will come, and then…praise the Lord…that Word comes back to us….grounding us firmly against the storms of life.
Hebrews 10:22-23, 35 “Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.
Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for He is faithful that promised;)
Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompense of reward.”
Hanging onto Him is not a stubborn refusal to admit we are wrong….but the clinging to the Rock which is higher than I.
For we know Him, and have Eternal life…….and believe Him and have joy…….and will trust Him and have the stability of peace.
Psalm 61:2-4 “From the end of the earth will I cry unto Thee, when my heart is overwhelmed. Lead me to the Rock that is higher than I;
For Thou hast been a shelter for me, and a strong tower from the enemy.
I will abide in Thy tabernacle forever: I will trust in the covert of
Thy wings. Selah.(pause and consider)
Psalm 62:7-8 “In God is my salvation and my glory: the Rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God.
Trust in Him at all times, ye people, pour out your heart before Him: God is a refuge for us. Selah.”
Psalm 28:7 “The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in Him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise Him.”
1 Timothy 4:10 “For therefore we both labor and suffer reproach, because we trust in the Living God, Who is the savior of all men, especially of those that believe.”
Are we trusting in the Rock of Ages? Today?