Sunday, November 9, 2014

Trust God and Do the Next Thing

Years ago I learned the maxim from Elisabeth Elliot's broadcasts and writings that Christians need to learn to "trust God and do the next thing." 

Many times in  life when we don't know what to do, are overcome with fear or anxiety, or seem overwhelmed with life's demands, we can find security in God by trusting Him immediately and then doing the very next thing at hand.

The following poem, author unknown, conveys the essence of that message . . .

From an old English parsonage, down by the sea There came in the twilight a message to me; Its quaint Saxon legend, deeply engraven, Hath, as it seems to me, teaching from Heaven. And on through the hours the quiet words ring Like a low inspiration--"DO THE NEXT THING."
Many a question, many of fear, Many a doubt, hath its quieting here. Moment by moment, let down from Heaven, Time, opportunity, guidance, are given. Fear not tomorrows, Child of the King, Trust them with Jesus, "DO THE NEXT THING."
Do it immediately; do it with prayer; Do it reliantly, casting all care; Do it with reverence, tracing His Hand Who placed it before thee with earnest command. Stayed on Omnipotence, safe 'neath His wing, Leave all resultings, "DO THE NEXT THING."
Looking to Jesus, ever serener, (Working or suffering) be thy demeanor, In His dear presence, the rest of His calm, The light of His countenance be thy psalm, Strong in His faithfulness, praise and sing, Then, as He beckons thee, "DO THE NEXT THING."
-author unknown

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