“As for God, His way is perfect; the word of the Lord is tried; He is a buckler to all them that trust in Him. For who is God, save the Lord? And who is a rock, save our God? God is my strength and power; and He maketh my way perfect.” 2 Samuel 22:31-33
Today’s Christian daily devotional
John and I wander about like two lost children, searching for our seats at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Looking hard at our tickets, then back at each other, our eyes swell into large saucers.
Some very good friends had generously bestowed us with not just any seats—but front row tickets. What a wonderful and luxurious surprise!
Wanting to experience the fullness of the symphony, I close my eyes to seal out the mass of people and to help me forget about the sweltering summer heat.
Behind the darkened lids of my closed eyes, I pretend it is just the orchestra and I. It doesn’t take long for me to escape into a world of swirling emotions.
The embers slowly burn as the violins escalade from a smoldering longing into a raging fire. Their choppy-ness seems to engulf the shadowy sound of the cello’s low bellow.
I feel myself floating; as if I am on a lazy river that quickly becomes a delightful ride. It fervently cascades into an exciting but dangerous ravine and I am no longer my own entity. Somehow, between the first movement and the middle, my soul has melted with this concerto.
Allowing the music to take me wherever I must go, I breathe the air deeply as if the sounds can somehow be penetrated a bit deeper if I do.
It has been years since I had heard one of my favorite musical pieces. After only a few moments, I am in love with Beethoven’s fifth all over again.
The conductor gently brings the awestruck audience back into reality. Like a feather floating on the air we find rest upon a rock as he turns and bows triumphantly.
The wonderful and exciting ride of this masterpiece was sadly finished as quickly as it had begun.
If I want to enjoy a peaceful and invigorating night, a concert in Millennium Park with Beethoven is my kind of no-brainer. I trust that fellow named Beethoven, as he has never been one to let me down.
In 2 Samuel 22:31-33 we are told that even though we may not know the exact details of our life and struggle, if we allow God to be a part of our lives, He can strengthen us through those struggles and straighten out the mistakes into something that will perfectly fit with His symphony for our lives.
The catch is: Are we willing to trust God fully? Are we willing to close our eyes in complete surrender, allowing God to lead us through the rough patches? Can we make the choice to enjoy the wonderful torrent of the ride of life by choosing peace? Or will we continue to fight for control, only adding to our chaos and drama?
It would be insane for me to push asside the skillful conductor of one of the world’s greatest orchestras in an attempt to lead what I cannot possibly understand. In the same respect, it may do us all some good to give God that same kind of trust and control. He has a masterpiece in mind for you.
“Dear Heavenly Father,
I have heard life is all about the journey and not the destination. Lord, although the journey is very important, the destination is just as crucial.
I know that after giving you my life, my destination is sealed for all of eternity. This frees me up from the worry of knowing what the plan is. I know that whatever/whomever stands in your presence, and accepts your call for their lives will be blessed.
Help me to trust you more with that unknown blessing. Sometimes not knowing is the hardest part of life, especially for a control freak like myself.
Lord, I give you control. I trust your lead, I know that wherever I go, it will be a wonderful experience and in the end, I will be steady as the rock that I stand on. In Jesus name, bless me with a stronger trust in you, Amen.”
Thank you for reading today’s Christian daily devotional on verses: 2 Samuel 22:31-33
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Author: Julia Shalom Jordan
*A special thanks to Wendy Lachman-Dziedzic for your inspiration, Matthew and Amanda Fox for your generous hearts, and Marta and Tony Satas for the memories!