Weekly Devotional: When The Dust Settles

By Taylor Browne

A couple hiking up a dusty mountain

“O LORD, You have searched me and known me. You know when I sit down and when I rise up; You understand my thought from afar. You scrutinize my path and my lying down, and are intimately acquainted with all my ways. Even before there is a word on my tongue, Behold, O LORD, You know it all.” – Psalm 139:1-4

We have all been there — we have all been in seasons of the unknown. Maybe you lost a job or a loved one and you fear what tomorrow holds. But what happens when the dust settles? What happens when life calms down and you don’t know the next step? Whatever weighs heavy on you today, remember that God is the author and the creator of your life. God is omniscience, meaning that He is all-knowing. The steps you take are guided by a God who knows your words before they are spoken. Nothing takes Him by surprise. He knows all that there is to know and all that can be known. Change is inevitable. We know that most change is out of our control. However, God is in control of what seems out of control.

If the future feels uncertain right now and anxiety or worry keeps creeping in, remember this: When you only saw one set of footprints, God was carrying you the entire way. God never expects us to figure it out on our own. He just asks us to trust Him, to recognize that He has a hand in all things. The God that is in constant pursuit of your heart is also the one who designed you in His image.

Truth For Today

As you feel life shifting under your feet and seek solid ground, lean on the truth of Scripture:

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” – Proverbs 3:5-6

“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.” – Isaiah 43:2

Remember, Reflect and Respond

When trials or change interrupt your life, remember that God will always be the one true constant. Trust in His plan and the desires in His heart for you. Reflect on His consistent character. When was the last time you fully relied on God? How did you put your trust in Him? Where has He showed up in those situations? Lastly, respond. Write something down that is weighing heavy on you today. Remind yourself of God’s promises to you and declare one truth over the situation where you see God working.

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