Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”
For a man to trust another man is a fickle affair. We all have a breaking point at which our trust in another is broken. Few will sustain a deep wound, but there is only One worthy of our total, utter, and complete trust.
When God asks for us to give our whole heart to trust Him, many bring a damaged, wounded heart to God and say, “Can I be assured that it won’t be broken or hurt again?” For that to happen, faith must enter.
Faith and trust go hand in hand.
To trust, I need to know that the one I’m trusting loves me, accepts me, will protect me, and is unwavering in their commitment. Again, the only one worthy of that description is God.
My trust in God cannot be dependent on what He does for me recently. The Father gave His only begotten Son as a display of His love for the world. The most unselfish act of love ever known to man happened on that cross on Golgotha’s hill.
We cannot apply human characteristics to a righteous, holy God. To think that He will lie, neglect, forget, or worse – hate us – is not in keeping with the scriptures.
Hebrews 13:5 “Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.”
Jeremiah 31:3 “The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.”
Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.”
The most outstanding comfort ever found is in the Word of God. We fail ourselves by thinking a worldly substitute will do when God’s children have the source of comfort within them – the Holy Spirit, the Comforter.
John 14:26 “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.”
For you and I to trust wholly and totally, we must see the object of our trust as worthy of keeping that which we entrust unwaveringly. But, as faith is joined with trust, there will always be risk involved.
We risk trusting in our relationships with the thought that we could be hurt at any time, not so with God. We must accept that because we are His child, that His chastening, correction, or discipline will come because of my bad behavior.
Hebrews 12:5-6 “And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him: For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.”
Any parent who loves their child knows this truth. How we discipline is another matter. But know that when the Lord decides to step in and give us a righteous spanking, we’ll know it came from Him.
The fruit of placing our complete trust in Him is peace in our heart, purpose in our lives, and a plan led and guided by His Spirit.
Our enemy tries to get us to doubt that God would keep His promise or lacks the strength, power, or love for Him to do so. W must believe that God will keep His promises – or else He would be a liar.
Romans 3:4 “God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged.”
Today, we have drawn back our circle of trust to what is comfortable or controllable. We cannot trust governments, institutions, corporations, or strangers. Yet, without the risk of faith in God and one another, we will never trust or see the good fruit of that trust.
Many think it a gamble to place their faith and trust in God because they see God’s children fail in their trust in Him. As His children, we must be constantly and consistently gathering evidence to testify of the faithfulness of our God.
If we don’t tell of his wondrous works, who will?
Psalm 145:4-5 “One generation shall praise thy works to another, and shall declare thy mighty acts. I will speak of the glorious honour of thy majesty, and of thy wondrous works.”
May our faith and trust in our Heavenly Father be deeper today than yesterday. May it broaden and apply to places where others can see Him and believe. It will take our act of faith and trust in our God for the unsaved world around us.
If we fail, then, even so, come Lord Jesus!