assured reliance on the character, ability, strength or truth of someone or something.
one in which confidence is placed.
“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.” NIV
The Message: “Trust in God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he’s the one who will keep you on track.”
Life is hard, getting harder these days. Rising costs of everything, unemployment, debt, bankruptcy, depression, separations, divorces, custody battles, addictions, are consuming people in every walk of life. There are people who are starting over in their 50’s after downsizing and business failures. How do they do it? Where do they go? These are serious life-changing events that many are facing and wondering what is next…Things we thought we had figured out, plans that we made are falling apart and leave us wondering what do we do now? Please don’t think that I have the answers because I don’t, I’m just “thinking out loud” here.
As a Christian I know, believe, have faith that God is in control but am I trusting Him with ALL my heart or am I trying to figure everything out on my own?
There is no doubt in my mind that if you are reading this, that you don’t face at least one of these challenges that I have mentioned. As we face our giants we try to make a plan, we try to figure things from every angle and try to logically come up with the best way out of or around whatever mess we are in. “Trust in God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he’s the one who will keep you on track.” v.5,6 The Message Are these verses the key? Maybe not on their own, but they may actually be part of the answer.
It is easy to have faith and trust when everything is going smoothly, it is when the path is rough and has twists and turns and we cannot see what is coming next that we waiver, but that is when it is actually necessary to have faith and trust. As these verses say, we must listen for God’s voice in everything we do, trusting from the bottom of our hearts that He is with us and that He won’t leave us.
We typically, as Christians, go to the Lord in prayer and bring our laundry list of things that we need His help with and while we are at it, we tell Him how we think it should be handled. If you have ever been to a prayer meeting, I’m sure you have heard this kind of prayer. I know I am guilty of praying that way. I laugh at myself when I think about it, ya…as if God, who spoke the world into being, needs my advice on how to handle the situation! After years of praying this way, it is a hard habit to break, but the Lord knows what we mean and makes intercession on our behalf, “Thank you Lord.”
Cynthia Heald says: “There is no room for bargaining for what I think is best–only implicit confidence and patience in His plan. The Scriptures do not guarantee that “all will be well” according to our human perspective. They do, however, promise that God will work all things for our good. As we learn to trust Him “no matter what,” He develops within us a deeply rooted confidence in Him. This confidence enables us to lean on His understanding and His ways of working in our lives.”
As we each have challenges and obstacles that seem overwhelming and situations that seem impossible, and we are looking for answers, maybe one of those answers can be found in trusting God unconditionally to work all things for our good.