We read in Proverbs 3:5, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding.” Easy enough, right? This Bible verse offers a simple concept—trust. However, do not be fooled. “Trust” is truly complex and not at all simple, especially when it comes to God. We may say we “trust in the Lord,” but when we’re put to practical tests, do we?
The harsh reality is this business of trusting God is extremely personal. No one can remove any/all angst I possess by trusting God for me. Conversely, I cannot remove any/all angst another possesses by trusting God for him/her. It is plain and simple—no one can act as a substitute when it comes to trusting God. It’s an inside job!
Although no money is exchanged, trusting God does cost something. The cost is the on-going investment of your time spent getting to know God, to REALLY know him. There is no better way to know God than developing a daily habit of connecting, one-on-one. By studying his word, in the proper context, he reveals his faithfulness to his people at all times. It should come as no surprise that Satan arranges numerous distractions in an effort to “steal” the precious commodity known as time. We genuinely become a threat to Satan and the powers of darkness when we embrace the identity we have in Christ.
Unfortunately, I have yet to find a product for sale named “Trust God.” While there is no shortage of “Jesus Junk” or “Holy Hardware” for sale, none of it will suffice when it comes to trust. There are no shortcuts to developing trust in him. Our ability to trust God is in direct proportion to how well we know him. As we develop our relationships with him, our hearts faithfully know he can be trusted, and we begin to lean into him more and more.
Completely trusting God does not mean problems and challenges will not surface in life. But completely trusting God does mean that no matter how messy or uncomfortable the situation may be, he will be with us every step of the way.
What level of trust in the Lord do you possess? What daily disciplines would be helpful in growing your trust in the Lord? What stands in the way of increasing your ability to trust God?
Build/reinforce your faith and your understanding of God and God’s attributes by studying the scriptures for yourself. Make it a priority to spend time exercising your spiritual muscles. Read “trust”-specific Scripture verses to deepen your faith and understanding of God and his attributes.
Heavenly Father, it is my desire to increase my level of trust in you. As I intentionally present the cares of my life to you each day, it is not my goal to reclaim those cares. Empower me to sanitize my thought life with deep trust, knowing my efforts get in your way. Thank you for reminding me the love you offer is pure. I long to have a clean heart before you God, in word and action. In Jesus’ name, amen.
This post was written by Karen Peck. Karen retired in March 2018 from Lucas County Information Services. She has been married over forty years. Karen rejoices over God’s faithfulness and God’s patience in her life and in her marriage. Nothing matters more to Karen than her relationship with God and her entire family. Her immeasurable faith in Christ and His ability to restore the broken runs deep within.
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