Tim’s Daily Bread Devotional 6.12.21

By June 12, 2021Daily Bread

Thank you for sharing this early moment of your day with me, with God, and with the thoughts and words of this reading that I hope you will carry with you throughout the coming day and night.

Today’s Scripture:

Proverbs 3:5-6 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
and do not rely on your own insight.
In all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make straight your paths.

Tim’s Devotional Reflection for Today

This passage from the book of Proverbs in the Hebrew scriptures calls us to trust in God with all our hearts and not to rely solely on our own insight.  Faith means much more than assent to a set of beliefs.  At its heart, faith is really synonymous with trust.  To have faith in God is to “trust in the Lord with all our hearts.”

One hundred sixty-one years ago, Jean Francois Gavelet, who went by the stage name Charles Blondin, was the first person to walk a tightrope across Niagara Falls.  He walked a 3-inch, 1,100-foot hemp rope 160 feet above the falls.  On his crossing, which he achieved using a long balancing pole, Blondin executed a daring backward somersault. Then, he crossed blindfolded; then, pushing a wheelbarrow; then, on stilts; then, in the dark with Roman candles flaring from his pole tips; and he even sat down halfway on one crossing to make and eat an omelet! A little over a year after his first crossing, he even made a crossing carrying his manager, Harry Colcord, on his back.

Now, there were many thousands of people who, if asked whether they believed Blondin could cross Niagara Falls on a tightrope, would give a resounding “Yes!”  However, ask how many would climb onto his back for the trip, and the only one answering yes would be his manager, Harry Colcord.

Others believed, but Harry Colcord had faith—he trusted with all his heart.

There is a lot of theology woven into hymns. To enhance today’s reading, I recommend listening to “I Will Trust in the Lord”. I hope you will take a few moments to let the words of this message and the emotion that always connects us to music connect with your soul.

I will trust in the Lord
I will trust in the Lord
I will trust in the Lord until I die
I will trust in the Lord
I will trust in the Lord
I will trust in the Lord until I die

I’m goin’ to treat everybody right
I’m goin’ to treat everybody right
I’m goin’ to treat everybody right until I die
I’m goin’ to treat everybody right
I’m goin’ to treat everybody right
I’m goin’ to treat everybody right until I die

I’m goin’ to stay on the battlefield
I’m goin’ to stay on the battlefield
I’m goin’ to stay on the battlefield until I die
I’m goin’ to stay on the battlefield
I’m goin’ to stay on the battlefield
I’m goin’ to stay on the battlefield until I die

I’m goin’ to stay on a bended knee
I’m goin’ to stay on a bended knee
I’m goin’ to stay on a bended knee until I die
I’m goin’ to stay on a bended knee
I’m goin’ to stay on a bended knee
I’m goin’ to stay on a bended knee until I die

I’m goin’ to watch, fight and pray
I’m goin’ to watch, fight and pray
I’m goin’ to watch, fight and pray until I die
I’m goin’ to watch, fight and pray
I’m goin’ to watch, fight and pray
I’m goin’ to watch, fight and pray until I die

I am so grateful for you, for our church, and for the Love that will see us all through this very difficult time. Please stay safe and well and we’ll be together again in spirit tomorrow morning!

Grace and Peace,


Dr. Tim Bruster
Senior Pastor

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