14th June 2020

Value of Connection

“Many are the woes of the wicked, but the Lord’s unfailing love surrounds the one who trusts in him.”
Psalm 32:10 (NIV UK)

One of my cousins had a horse named Sassy. She was stubborn and wouldn’t listen, except to my cousin, because of their relationship and bond. With that special connection you don’t have to rely on bit and bridle. A gentle pressure with the knee or a shift of weight tells the horse to turn or move a certain way. When the horse trusts the rider, it pays attention to these cues.

That reminds me of how God sometimes compares us with wayward horses when we fail to pay attention: “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you. Do not be like the horse or the mule, which have no understanding but must be controlled by bit and bridle or they will not come to you.” (Psalm 32:8-9).

God gives us the wisdom and support we need to move through life. When that scripture goes on as in the header scripture, “Many are the woes of the wicked, but the Lord’s unfailing love surrounds the one who trusts in him,” it could mean that when we aren’t paying attention to God’s active presence in us, we can feel weighed down by life’s difficulties. We can feel like the horse which is out of sync with its rider’s cues, or a horse that doesn’t trust its rider.

On the other hand, when we are in relationship with God, we recognise there isn’t any difficulty we face where God isn’t right by our side. When we’re paying attention to God at work in us and through us, we feel the connection, and we are better prepared to move through the world. Just like the horse and rider, we know that we are being led by Someone larger than us.

Because of the built relationship, we know we can trust our Abba Father to show us where to go. We can know we are loved. When we further cultivate that connection by paying attention to God’s presence, maybe through personal devotions or quiet time, we can feel the gentle nudges giving us the guidance we’re looking for.

Merciful Father, thank you for assuring us that we can trust you, and it is that trust which leads us in our Christian walk with you. In Jesus’ name we pray.

Study presented by Michelle Fleming

About the Presenter:
The Day by Day each Sunday is taken from ‘Speaking of Life,’ (https://www.gci.org/videos/media-speaking-of-life/), a public resource video on the USA website of Grace Communion International. Michelle Fleming is an Elder in Grace Communion International and works in the International Home Office in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA as Media Director.

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