Trust is a must!

 Over the years I have struggled with the concept of trust, for some people it is easy, but to be honest, it has been one of the hardest things for me to do. At a very young age, I had my trust violated by someone that I was supposed to be able to trust, and it bred many years of isolation and mistrust in my life.

 Even now in my adult life I struggle to truly trust someone with my feelings, my heart and my time. It can be a lonely road to walk. I am sure that some of you reading this article will be able to relate to what I am saying.

 The good news however is that over the years, God in his great mercy has been teaching me, that yes men and women will probably let me down, hurt my feelings and even betray my trust in them, but He will never let me down.

 He might not necessarily come through for me in the way I think he needs to, but in the end I can most definitely see that he had my best interest at heart all of the time.

So how has he been teaching me this very valuable and essential principle you might wander, well it started in his word and then spilt out into my every day life.

I have developed a deep love, passion and respect for the word of God. So it would make sense that through His word he would teach me the fundamentals of trusting in him.

 One of the verses that I have not only memorized, but seek to live by is found in the book of Proverbs.

Proverbs 3:5-6

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.

My question to the lord always was, “Well lord, you say I have to walk in trust with you, with all of my heart, but how do I do that if I don’t really know you or even understand all that you are trying to teach me in your word?”

The Lords response to me, through his word is found in the following verses:

Proverbs 3

My son, (daughter) do not forget my teaching, but keep my commands in your heart, for they will prolong your life many years and bring you prosperity. 

Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart.  Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man. 

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.

Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and shun evil. 

This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones. 

I had a decision to make, either, I really put my whole life, passion and trust into God and his precepts, or I walked away and did it my way. Well my way was one of misery, self destruction and great sadness, so I chose to believe God! I chose to take him at his word and believe him when he said that I could trust him for everything. (I was not always successful in this but I perservered, like a baby learning to walk, slowly but surely they learn to be steady in their walking). I learnt over the years, through much trial and error, to trust in him completely.

The lord said, that I must not forsake his teachings, well where do you find out what he teaches? The bible of course, so if I wanted to know and understand what God was trying to teach me, and lead me into, I needed to become a student of his word. The more I studied the word, the deeper my passion for God became, and the deeper the passion, the more I learnt to trust him, both in the little things and the big things that I encountered in life.

Soon, I knew that my behavior was changing, because my heart was changing. My heart changed because of the things that I read in the word of God, things like, I should no longer use coarse language and drink to get drunk. Instead I should be filled with the Holy Spirit, and I should use my words to bring hope and healing to others instead of death and destruction to them. God promised that when we came to him with our brokenness and hurts that he would heal them, my friends, it was all true, I took those broken pieces of my life and God has put them all back together in a whole new way.

 God wants to transform your life if you will let him, he wants to remove from you all of the hurts and anger, fear and doubts, and instead replace it with his Holy Spirit that will bring hope, healing, laughter and joy back into your life.

 Trusting in God is not a scary thing to do, rather, not trusting in him and living your life with out him is like walking a tightrope with no safety net underneath you.

 There are teachings that are going around society today, that go something like this,

  • Trust your heart.
  • Look inside of you, you will be stronger if you do
  • Meditate on something good and it will bring you inner peace
  • Work hard at being nice to everyone around you and you will find favor with God and man.
  • To name a few!

 The bible says,

Jeremiah 17:9

 The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?

 Only when we place our complete trust in God, who created us, can we be assured that we are walking on a path that will lead us to life, joy and happiness. He will help us with our decision making, the healing of our hearts and give us an eternal inheritance that will never be taken from us.

If you decide to try to navigate the stormy waters of life on your own and you find yourself always miserable and things never working out quite right for you, maybe it is time to rethink your strategy.

I want to encourage you today, to start your journey of trusting in Jesus Christ. If you have never done that before, and you are wandering how, it is simple, the bible says, that without belief in Jesus Christ we are dead. Our spirits within us are dead, and they are only made alive when we ask confess that we believe that Jesus Christ, really is the Son of God, the most High, the creator of the world and the universe, and from that belief in our hearts, we then confess with our mouths that Jesus is lord.

The bible says that if we will do that, and believe it, we are made to be sons and daughters of God, and we will be given the gift of eternal life. You might have heard of other very complicated theories on getting to heaven, but this is all that God requires of us, that we believe Him and then learn to walk in obedience to precepts.

After we have taken that first step of belief in God, we need to admit that we are sinners, and that in order for us to truly learn to trust God with our lives, we have to confess our sins to Him. The bible teaches us, in 1 John 1, that if we tell God the sins that we have committed that he will forgive us, and wash us clean of them. That means then we now have a free and open communication between us and God. No longer is sin keeping us away from our heavenly father.

From there, we learn to take baby steps of faith in Him. Trusting him for our daily bread, for a parking spot, for a loved one that is sick and in need of a miracle, or what ever other situation we might find ourselves in.

God in his great mercy and love for us, wants us to learn to walk in faith, he wants us to trust him in all areas of our lives, no matter how mundane they might seem to us. He wants to show you the wonders of all that he has for you today!

Take that step of faith, ask him into your life, if you have not already, renew your commitment of learning to rely on him instead of yourself, and see the great wonders of walking moment, by moment and step by step with him.

As you can see in Proverbs that when we learn to trust in God, and ask him into our every day lives, not relying on our own wisdom and understanding of how things are, he promises to lead us and guide us and that my dear friend, is a promise that you can absolutely count on.

 

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