LET’S TRUST GOD!
The Christian life begins when we place our trust in Jesus to be the Lord and Shepherd of our life. The Christian life within us develops as we continue to trust the Lord through every circumstance and trial we pass through. To “trust” means “to put our confidence in.” It is a positive committal of our everything to Jesus, because we believe He is totally capable of handling every situation we face. He is the Ultimate! Therefore we affirm what the Psalmist declared, “In God I have put my trust; I will not be afraid. What can man do unto me?” (Psalm 56:4, 11). “Oh my God, I trust in You: let me not be ashamed; let not my enemies triumph over me” (Psalm 25:2). “Oh, how great is Your goodness, which You have prepared for those who trust in You in the presence of the sons of men!” (Psalm 31:19-20).
The Scriptures have much to say about trust. When our hearts are settled through a positive trust in the Lord, the “whatevers” that try to engulf us lose their threatenings. It is very important we cultivate a conscious and positive position of trust in Jesus day by day. Far too often we can be guilty of telling others to “Trust God,” but do we “Trust God”? Honestly, how strong is our personal trust in God? Do we trust Him enough to leave the cares of this life firmly in His hand? Do we trust His Word enough to know that “all things (DO) work together for good to them who love God and who are called according to His purpose”? (Romans 8:28). Do we trust His voice sufficiently to obey whatever He tells us? It is very easy for us to quote these truths to others, but how is it for you? How is it for me? Are we guilty of “talking the walk,” rather than “walking the talk”?
Trust is at the heart of a personal relationship with Jesus. If we cannot trust Him, then who can we trust? It is sad, but true, that many Christians really struggle in the area of trust! Because of the letdowns and disappointments from fellow Christians we go inward and tend to distrust everyone until they can prove themselves otherwise. While this may help to protect us somewhat from further disappointments, it unfortunately has the affect of undermining our trust in the Lord. We tend to treat the Lord like we treat other Christians – we then find it difficult to trust His Word and promises to us. As we recognize these negative traits we need to make a conscious and positive decision to firmly place our trust in Jesus. We need to personally take to heart this Scripture we so easily quote to others: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths” (Proverbs 3:5-6). If we cannot acknowledge Jesus in all our ways it is because we have a problem with trusting Him. Let us therefore be encouraged to re-examine our heart attitude toward this word “trust” and make whatever adjustments are necessary to prove the unfailing commitment of God to us when we put our trust in Him. – Rodney W. Francis.
Bible Readings: Psalm 37:1-8; Psalm 16:1-3; Psalm 33:18-22; Psalm 25:1-5; Psalm 40:1-5.
Please Pray This Prayer:
“Dear Lord, as I come to You today, please help me to re-examine my position of trust toward You. Help me to make whatever adjustments necessary so that I can experience more of Your presence through my trust of You. Please take away all fear of trusting You totally, so my life and testimony will be a declaration of the mighty benefits of putting my trust in the Lord. I trust You, Lord Jesus. Help me to trust You more and more. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.”