Undistracted Trust

“O Lord, my heart is not proud, nor my eyes haughty;
Nor do I involve myself in great matters
Or in things too difficult for me.
Surely I have composed and quieted my soul….” -Ps. 131.1-2a

One of the greatest distractions for serious believers is to fall into a heady, brain-centered kind of Christianity. While senseless and ignorant faith is foreign to the Scriptures, the flip-side of spiritual silliness is a pursuit of detail and knowledge that distracts the believer from the “simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ.”

It is a stifling thing to allow your mind to run faster than your devotional spirit, for the human thought life will “take the treasure and run” if you allow it to. The psalmist equates the simplicity of trust in the Father with the leaning of a child upon the chest of its mother, and he calls Israel itself to the same kind of trust and sabbath rest in communion with the Lord.

Is your life marked by depression, anxiety, and confusion? It could be that you are involving your mind in matters “too difficult” for the present condition of your heart. It is one thing to search out great matters that the Lord places upon your heart. It is quite another to trust in your own wisdom and intellect in that pursuit.

It is the human tendency to turn to our own understanding, but the psalmist calls us to break down the altars of the mind, and all the swirling energies of speculation and presumption, and to trust in Him with an entire heart.

There will always be matters too great for us, no matter our maturity level, and it is crucial to recognize the season that the Lord has us in, and to learn to walk with Him through each valley, until He brings us to the next one. In the end, the issue of life is that of walking with the Lord, and it would be a great shame to stifle the life of communion with the God of creation by pursuing matters that He has not called us to be concerned with.

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