“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your path.” Proverbs 3:5-6
This is such a well known and beloved verse among believers. Yet even for those of us who have been walking with the Lord for many years, this passage can bring such hope and encouragement to our hearts.
Do you trust Him?
I mean really trust Him?
Here is how the word TRUST is defined: reliance on the integrity, strength, ability, surety, etc., of a person or thing; confidence.
Do we RELY on God’s integrity? His strength? His ability? His surety? Is our CONFIDENCE in Him?
Or do we rely on our own strength? Do we have confidence in our own ability or career or material items or relationships?
“Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God.” Psalm 20:7
When things fall apart, do you find yourself questioning everything? You may be placing your trust in something other than God. Trusting God doesn’t mean our lives will go smoothly and perfectly.
Trusting God means that even when our world falls apart, we know without a doubt we are loved and that God has a plan and purpose for our life and for our pain.
How do we learn to trust Him more?
I think this is a prayer God loves to answer. Ask Him to increase your faith. Ask Him for more trust. Ask Him to allow the Holy Spirit to prick your heart during the day as you are tempted to lean on your own understanding. Ask Him to change you from the inside out.
Change your focus. Instead of focusing on what is happening all around you, the world, your troubles, the bad stuff you see everywhere, fix your eyes on things UNSEEN. Because the unseen is what is eternal. The unseen, God and His love and the promise of eternity with Him, THAT is where our confidence needs to lie.
“So we do not lose heart. Even though our outer nature is wasting away, our inner nature is being renewed day by day. For this slight momentary affliction is preparing us for an eternal weight of glory beyond all measure, because we look not at what can be seen but at what cannot be seen; for what can be seen is temporary, but what cannot be seen is eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:16-18
We don’t lose heart because our trust is in God. Even though the rest of the world may be falling apart, our inner nature is being RENEWED day by day because of God. This affliction we face here on earth is momentary, it is nothing compared to the GLORY He is preparing us for. Because when we look at what we see with our human eyes, we miss out on so much. We must, instead, focus on the unseen, for it is eternal.
Where is your trust today, friend?