Take the Pressure Off (Daily Encouragement)

Brian Sullivan   -  

Those who trust in the LORD are like Mount Zion, which cannot be moved, but abides forever.- Psalm 125:1

Throughout the Scriptures there is a call to endure to the end. Jesus uses the analogy of completing a building (Luke 14:28-29), Paul celebrates “finishing the race” by “keeping the faith” (2 Timothy 4:7). Often when we want to complete something, we put more pressure on ourselves. When we do, our anxiety level goes up and we actually become less likely to complete the project. In Jon Acuff’s book “Finish”, they found the people who actually completed their goals actually did the opposite, “ones who got…to the finish line did just the just the opposite, they took the pressure off.” The “secret” we see in Psalm 125 of enduring the Christian life – and actually thriving – is to take the “pressure off you” and put your trust in God: Those who trust in the LORD are like Mount Zion, which cannot be moved, but abides forever. When our trust and confidence is in God – it is like a mountain: firm, secure and last forever. 

All the persons of faith I know are sinners, doubters, uneven performers. We are secure not because we are sure of ourselves but because we trust that God is sure of us. The opening phrase of the psalm is “those who trust in GOD”—not those who trust in their performance, in their morals, in their righteousness, in their health, in their pastor, in their doctor, in their president, in their economy, in their nation—“those who trust in GOD.” Those who decide that God is for us and will make us whole eternally. – Eugene Peterson 

So take the pressure off yourself today and trust is in the God who is firm, secure and lasts forever.