What If I Put My Confidence in God?

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{Guest Devotional by Jen Mguni}

“I love you, God – you make me strong. God is bedrock under my feet, the castle in which I live, my rescuing knight. My God – the high crag where I run for dear life, hiding behind the boulders, safe in the granite hideout.” Psalm 18:1-2 (MSG)

God is a rock
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There’s a beautiful place where I come from that is known for its breath-taking granite landscape. 

Take a trip there and you’ll see majestically smooth, vast granite boulders, as far as the eye can see. By vast, I mean you can go for long walks on them and you’ll be so high up that you’ll be surrounded by stop-you-in-your-tracks panoramic views. 

My family and I went there a couple of years ago. We drove through the national park area and then walked to a few viewing points. 

As soon as I set my feet on the first bit of granite I knew one thing for sure: that is one very solid rock.

Granite isn't like sand, which shifts and changes form. 

Granite is solid to the core; it’s sure and steady. 

It’s no wonder that this imagery is used in the Message Bible to describe our rock-solid God. 

God’s a firm place to plant our feet. (<-- Tweet this)

God's a safe refuge, high above the flood-waters of worry. 

Trusting God doesn't mean that the worries won’t come, but it means that when they do, we've got a safe harbour to run to.

There are a lot of things about God that I can’t explain and I don’t understand. And that’s just fine with me. 

In my opinion, anyone who has no beginning has the prerogative to remain a little mysterious. 

Putting aside what I don’t know, what I do know is this: when I put my confidence in myself and try to figure things out on my own, then I am an anxious bundle of nerves. I try to control everything, I’m preoccupied by concerns of what other people might think of me and I’m tossed by the smallest wave. 

When I put my confidence in God, I find calm and quiet. My soul settles down and I can find rest and peace even in stressful situations. 

When our eyes are on Jesus, our feet will find firm footing on a solid foundation. (<-- Tweet this)

Human wisdom revels in being self-sufficient but I am happy to join the Psalmist in a state of recognized need and surrender, saying “I love you, God - you make me strong.”

Thank God that he is firm place to put your feet. Think if there is any area of your life right now where you need to step out of your situation and onto His solid foundation. 

{About Jen Mguni: The Author Of This Guest Devotional}
Jen Mguni
I’m Jen Mguni. I am a Zimbabwean-born South African, currently living in Germany. I’m an instructional designer, writer and poet, with a learn-as-you-go-style passion for photography. I love playing with light and colour and I feel exhilarated when words come together surprisingly on a page. I write about finding grace in the grit and grime of life and about the love of God seeping into every crack and callous, transforming the broken into the beautiful. You can read my blog posts and poems at freshmercies.com and connect with me on facebook and twitter

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