March 1, 2015
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Trust is a prevalent theme throughout the Bible, appearing 186 times in the New King James Version. Trusting God is a vital element of your personal journey to conquer any impossible obstacle you are facing today. If you desire to bring God into the equation and expect supernatural results, then you have to trust that God has your best interest in mind—that, no matter what curve ball life may throw at you, your future rests in the hands of a loving, capable, all-knowing, all-powerful Lord. The word trust is defined as:
- reliance on the integrity, strength, ability, surety, etc., of a person or thing; confidence.
- confident expectation of something; hope.
- a person on whom or thing on which one relies: God is my trust.
In whom or what do you put your trust, confident expectation, and hope? Your parents? Your spouse? Money? The government? Your teachers? Your talents and abilities? At the risk of sounding like a downer, I can say with certainty that every single thing under the sun will let you down at some point or another. Parents may disappoint or frustrate you. Spouses are imperfect. Money will run out eventually. Government officials are unreliable. Our own abilities will rust as we get older. Even the sun will let you down. It can burn your skin, melt your ice cream, or hide on your wedding day—and scientists predict that it will use up all its fuel and burn out altogether someday.
But God? He is the same yesterday and today and forever (Heb. 13:8). The Lord will never leave or forsake you (Deut. 31:6-8; Ps. 9:10; Heb. 13:5). He alone is “is trustworthy in all he promises and faithful in all he does” (Ps. 145:13).
Joshua and the Israelites had to decide whether or not they would put their faith in God’s proven trustworthiness and faithfulness when He gave them strange instructions to march around the walls of Jericho for seven days in order to bring about the city’s destruction (Josh. 6:2–5). They obeyed God because they trusted Him, and they were victorious as a result.
Whenever we put our trust in someone or something, it is evidenced by a subsequent action. If you trust your parents, you will listen to them when they tell you not to cross the street until you’ve looked both ways for oncoming cars. If you trust your spouse, you’re not going to follow him or her around town to spy on his or her every move out of fear of infidelity. If you trust in money, you will place your identity and security in how much money you earn, and you will probably worry about your bills and choose to work excessive hours. If you trust in your own abilities, you might become devastated if you make a mistake at your job or suffer an injury on the athletic field.
If you trust in God you will obey His commands, which are found in His Word.
If you trust in God you will obey His commands, which are found in His Word. You’ve probably heard that “B. I. B. L. E.” stands for “Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth.” Putting your trust in God means that you will follow these basic instructions—just as Joshua, the Israelites, and countless faithful others have done. You will never ever go wrong by trusting God. Today, commit to memory Proverbs 3:5–6, which encourages us in this way: 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.
Oh, how comforting it is to rely upon a God who has the power to make our paths straight! It doesn’t matter if your path has been winding and crooked up until this point in time. All you have to do is trust in the Lord and He will correct your course with truth and righteousness. He will level it with love and plant security along its edges. He will remove from your path the weeds of confusion and fear. It’s up to you and it’s up to me to accept that He has a plan for our lives. And when we do, oh, what an adventure it will be! As Charles H. Spurgeon once wrote, “God has great things in store for His people; they ought to have large expectations.”