When Life Smacks You Upside the Head: Here’s the Podcast For You

In preparing to produce Episode 21 of the Another Chance Podcast series, God led me to a brief but powerful devotional I wrote a few years ago. I’m not sure what I intended to do with it at the time, but it certainly represents my heart’s desire right now.

That said, it’s now what Episode 21 is all about:

If life has, or is, smacking you upside the head, this is a brief podcast will really help you see what’s in front of you a bit more clearly and put a little bounce back in your steps.

Below is the devotional. Hope you’ll check out the podcast too.  Enjoy:

Trusting in Him

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 (NKJV).

We’ve all been let down by someone we love, trust, or both.  It hurts.  Sometimes the pain is really bad.   I’ve come to the conclusion that there is only one person I can count on 100 percent of the time: Jesus.

Besides the Lord, my wife—with whom I’ve had a covenant relationship with for over three decades—is next person I can completely trust.  But even then, our mutual assurance is temporal.  The trust I have in God is everlasting.

When there’s bad news, hurt feelings, disappointments, and the emotional trauma associated with such things, only the Lord is able to provide me with the comfort and grace that genuinely soothes my soul.  I refer to this serene, spiritual space of grace as, “the sweet spot.”

Being Jewish, I never knew the beautiful Christian hymns sung on Sunday mornings in the church.  Now that I know Him, I have learned to love the hymns, even when they’re sung with their traditional melodies.

When I’m in the sweet spot, the song, My Hope is Built on Nothing Less, composed by Edward Mote in the 1834, comes to mind:

My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness;
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
But wholly lean on Jesus’ name.
On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;
All other ground is sinking sand.

When darkness veils His lovely face,
I rest on His unchanging grace;
In every high and stormy gale
My anchor holds within the veil.
On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;
All other ground is sinking sand.

His oath, His covenant, and blood
Support me in the whelming flood;
When every earthly prop gives way,
He then is all my Hope and Stay.
On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;
All other ground is sinking sand.

When He shall come with trumpet sound,
Oh, may I then in Him be found,
Clothed in His righteousness alone,
Faultless to stand before the throne!
On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;
All other ground is sinking sand.

When life smacks you upside the head—and it will—remember that your hope rests with Jesus.  Lean on Him.  Cling tight to Him.  Hold tight to His word and promises.  Even when it seems like He’s not hearing your cry, know that He is present and caring for you.

On Christ, the solid Rock you stand, all other ground is sinking sand.

Lord, thank you for your saving grace.  You are my hope, my strength, and my joy.  May I walk in your ways all the days of my life.  Amen. 

Brian Sussman

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