- "Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God." (Psalm 20:7) "Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in Me." ~Jesus (John 14:1) Trust in the Lord! Trust in His promises and providence! He is always trustworthy, faithful, and unchangeable. His Word is forever true. His love is perfect. He is good all the time. Trust is a choice, not a feeling. "Trust" encompasses allegiance & submission, confidence & conviction, expectation & hope, faith & reliance.
- How or how much
should we trust God? God wants us to trust Him with all our heart
(wholehearted commitment)! Total trust and complete confidence in God lead to perfect peace! "You
will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he
trusts in You. Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord, the Lord, is the
Rock eternal." (Isaiah 26:3-4) Do you trust God to meet all of your needs?
Do you trust God when you're afraid, afflicted, confused, or overwhelmed? Do you trust God when your health is failing, your heart is
hurting, or your loved ones are dying? Trust God at all times...in good times and in bad times. Even when you don't see God's hand, trust His heart.
- Do not lean (depend) on your own understanding (limited, unreliable
human understanding which usually operates in ignorance without God's counsel). Remember that God sees the whole picture while we
only see what's here and now. Lean on Him and His infinite wisdom. Moreover, He is the One who has all the power and strength to help us.
- Submit to Him...His will and His sovereignty. Surrender all to Him. Acknowledge Him in all your ways. Do we recognize His presence, guidance, and grace in our everyday lives? Do we gratefully acknowledge His grace, mercy, and blessings as we receive them? Give God all the glory. Acknowledge that all we have come from Him. "Remember that, as sinful creatures, being criminals
and traitors--we have no 'rights'. Consequently, everything short of hell--is a
mercy! Everything but eternal punishment--is a favor!
How many favors and mercies you
receive--and how few praises you render! How many
mercies are given you--and how few acknowledgments
you make!" (~James Smith)
- "He will make your paths straight."
It doesn't say, "He will make your paths easy or smooth" :). God loves us and wants the best for our lives. He knows the best way to
accomplish His plan and purpose for our lives. He will direct our paths. "Being confident
of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus." (Philippians 1:6) God will guide us to make the right decisions as long as we trust Him, submit to Him, and acknowledge Him.
"Commit your way to the Lord; trust in Him and He will do this: He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn, your vindication like the noonday sun." (Psalm 37:5)
"Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and He will establish your plans." (Proverbs 16:3)