Quinag in Assynt, Sutherland last week just as the sun appeared for a few seconds before heavy rainfall.
Photography courtesy of Neil McDade, https://www.facebook.com/SpectacularScotland

And they came to Him and woke Him, saying, “Save us, Lord; we are perishing!” He said to them, “Why are you afraid, you men of little faith?” Then He got up and rebuked the winds and the sea, and it became perfectly calm.

Matthew 8:25-26 (NASB)

The other day I was sitting outside in the sunshine, I was reading that days devotional from Oswald Chambers which had the curious title of “The Theology of Rest.” The verse was the sharp rebuke from Christ to the disciples in their fear of the storm on the lake. The point being highlighted was the need for confidence in God in all situations, including the storms of life. The statement that highlighted this best for me was “But our Lord has a right to expect that those who name His name have an underlying confidence in Him. God expects His children to be so confident in Him that in any crisis they are the ones who are reliable.”

I set down my book to ponder this as the summer breeze flowed through the trees; it was clear to me the confidence spoken of is that which stands steady in any storm, knowing who is in charge. Panic should not be in the heart of God’s children, but resting reassured in Him amidst the storm. I remembered the question of so many folk when I was diagnosed with a brain tumour; “Alan why are you so calm?” to which I smiled and replied “because I know Who is in charge.” After that thought I looked upwards into the tree and I saw a wee beastie hanging on a strand of web from the branch overhead. I could not see the gossamer thread, but I knew it was there…something was holding that wee beastie which was being buffetted by the warm summer breeze. And so it is with the child of God; people around them can’t see who is holding them secure, but they can see that someone is holding them securely.

Dear reader, do you have confidence in God, do you have His peace in the storms of life? Oswald Chambers would ask you, “are you reliable for God?” Let us not panic but be assured in the words of Paul to the Philippians:

For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.
Philippians 1:6 (NASB)

25 thoughts on “Confident In Him

  1. Dear brother Alan, so thankful to read your post this morning. I have been sitting here pondering on Oswald Chamber’s quote and your question ““are you reliable for God?” ”
    I am also encouraged by your testimony in the light of the circumstances you were facing.
    To God be all the glory.
    Phil 4:23

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    1. What a lovely way to put a smile on my face this dreich Monday morning…a comment from my dear sister Crissy! 😁 Our Father God is always good to us sister, we just need to remember it and live like we are eternally blessed in Him, regardless of circumstances. I don’t find that easy sometimes, but it does make me feel better. May our Father God bless and guide you each day Crissy.
      The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.
      — Philippians 4:23

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  2. It is only when we have lived through the valleys in life that we can truly affirm the TRUTH of what Alan has written in this post. I can gratefully thank him and praise God by affirming A-men!

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    1. What a heartwarming affirmation from you Faye; you are such a generous with your words of encouragement. May our Father God continue to guide, provide and bless you and your family today dear sister. 🙏

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  3. Some storms I rest in better than others. Thank you for the reminder and the perfect example of your “Wee Beastie” We just don’t have phrases like that in the states, but it will definitely help me to remember the lesson. Blessings my brother.

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    1. Thank you for your kind words Pete. “Wee beastie” is a general term usually used for small insects, spiders etc. Having said that Robert Burns used it in “To A Mouse.”

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  4. Like Pastor Pete, I’m not sure what a Wee Beastie is, but I envisioned a spider. I’ve seen them swinging in the breeze before–held secure by an invisible thread. This is a great word picture for our security in God. It’s the first full week of school, back with the children, so your thoughts come at the perfect time for me, brother. As the old hymn says 🎶 “Only trust Him. Only trust Him, now.🎶 Thank you, and God Bless.

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    1. Good morning David, I am just playing catch up with comments and have just answered Pete’s comment. A beastie is usually used by most folk in reference to insects or spiders etc. I make reference to Robert Burns “To A Mouse” which you can read here https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/To_a_Mouse…have fun😁
      Never mind a strand of web brother, our Father God has us in His hands! May He bless you richly today 🙏

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  5. Wow!
    Alan, I love the reference to the gossamer thread we don’t see although its presence is evident because the wee beastie is secure. That is a beautiful analogy for the believer’s security––trusting in the hands of the Almighty.

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    1. Thank you Beth, sometimes these phrases trip off my tongue…even surprising me too. 😁
      God is good in how He inspires and guides us so often. It is all about being ready when He presents the opportunity: “preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction.”
      — 2 Timothy 4:2

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