Trust

Trust – means to rely on the integrity, strength, ability, and surety of a person or things; confidence. I don’t think any being has these qualities more than the Living God.

Trust is something God asks us to do. Trust Him. But trust has always been a difficult thing for me. I feel I should be in control and able to do things in my own strength. Truth is, I think control is an illusion. Who is ever truly in control? Storms hit, earthquakes happen, wars shatter our lives at times, accidents and illness occur at any moment of any day and more. I have control over some things, but for the most part, I think I have no control over the many things that can and do happen every day.

For many years, I had personal struggle with Proverbs 3.5-6. It was just me because I can see the words are lovely, but for some reason, I interpreted them as words that required something I was unable to do. The bottom line is I just had difficulty trusting God and I knew it, just did not want to admit it.

Then, one day, a Pastor made these words gold to me. He said, “Proverbs 3.5-6 tells us to ‘Lean on, trust in, and be confident in the Lord with all your heart and mind and do not rely on your own insight or understanding. In all your ways know, recognize, and acknowledge Him, and He will direct and make straight and plain your paths.'”

I had heard the words for many years, but what he said about them is what made it possible for me to do what they exhort me to. He said, “What God is saying is that we do not have to understand how He is going to do what He promises to do, we just give everything to Him. He knows we do not have the strength or ability to figure everything out, but He does and will.”

These words melted my cold, unbelieving, untrusting heart and allowed me to see that God is not asking me to understand, but to know He does and that He is able to make the impossible happen, get me through every difficult moment, make a way where there looks like there is no way, heal me, care for me, guide me, and love me with an everlasting love. He is even able to give me the ability to trust Him.

One devotional encouraged me as it said, “You can trust the Man Who died for you.” I still struggle with trust at times and will be the first to admit I allow myself to become frightened of circumstances, but am making every effort to trust in God for everything every day.

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