Trusting in the Lord
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6
Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord, the Lord, is the Rock eternal. Who among you fears the Lord and obeys the word of his servant? Let him who walks in the dark, who has not light, trust in the name of the Lord and rely on his God.
Isaiah 26:4; 50:10
Trust is a word that people use liberally. “Trust in me!” One person says. Another might say, “You can’t trust that person any further than you can throw him!” Many other phrases, both positive and negative, probably come to mind when considering the word trust. In spite of its abundant use, trust is crucial in a person’s walk with the Lord. We must trust that God exists, that He loves us, that He is with us, and that He is intimately involved in our everyday lives.
Trusting God often seems easier when things are going well. In these seasons, we can be grateful and content with what we have and where we are in life. Nevertheless, we must be careful not to grow complacent and forget God’s blessings and His handiwork by assuming we are responsible for them or somehow made them happen. When things are good, we need to press into God and to “acknowledge Him” in all our ways.
The greatest measure of a believer, however, is trusting when things are not going well. During these times, we must strive to “lean not on our own understanding,” as Proverbs declares. Even though we may feel like we are walking “in the dark,” our faith is stretched and challenged when we have to walk each day relying on God and dependent on Him as our source of strength.
The verses above are for all people—believers as well as those that are not yet believers. God loves us so much that He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to die on a cross for us and to rise from the grave three days later. All people (believers and not-yet believers) have reason to rejoice and trust in God for what He did for us and continues to do for us everyday of our lives, even if they do not know it yet!
Today’s Prayer: Heavenly Father, I praise You for who You are and what You mean in my life. Guide me to trust You more and more each day and to rely on You in all things. Lord, I pray for my friends and family that are not yet believers. Lord, help them trust You for their salvation this day.