Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Entrust Your Soul to God

Encouragement for your daily walk with God 

The best way I know to handle real life, the good and, especially, the bad, is to entrust your soul to God. The British missionary of the 1950s, Geoffrey Bull (1921-1999), is one of best examples I know that demonstrates this principle. He was a missionary to Tibet when it was taken over by the Communist Chinese. He was imprisoned under the guise of being a spy, and for three years and two months, he was mercilessly punished. Solitary confinement. Brainwashing. Beatings. Stress positions. Starvation. 

During his affliction, he prayed that the Lord would help him remember Scripture, recognize Christ’s peace, and triumph over doubt, fear, loneliness, fatigue, and pain. (There are many books about Bull’s life. His autobiography, When Iron Gates Yield, is a good one.)

Peter encouraged all Christ followers who experience trials and tribulations to entrust their lives to God’s care. The Greek word translated entrust, is a banking term meaning, to deposit for safekeeping. As one who personally knew about persecution, Peter could speak about a sovereign God who could be trusted to do “what is right.” And since every Christ follower will, at one time or another, face a barrage of difficulties, it’s only logical that Peter exhorts us to entrust ourselves to God during those times.

It is much easier to respond to life’s difficulties if we have resolved, with God’s help, of course, to entrust everything to Him. Then we can face whatever God allows calmly and confidently, rather than with worry and fear.

Take time to review your commitment to God. Ask Him to point out anything that you need to entrust to Him. Then, by faith, take that step and give it all to God.

Therefore, let those also who suffer according to the will of God entrust their souls to a faithful Creator in doing what is right 1 Peter 4.19

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