Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Trust

Proverb 3:5,6 says "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." What does it mean to truly trust in God? Some definitions of the word "trust" include, "to have confidence or faith in", and "certainty based on past experience." We know that God is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8), and we have seen His faithfulness throughout the bible and in our lives. Surely, based on past experience, we know that God is trustworthy. But what is our first response to adversity? Is it faith and confidence, or fear and worry? If the answer is fear and worry, it's probably because we are continually trying to figure things out on our own, instead of relying on God. If we can recognize that He is working everything for our good (Romans 8:28), and then learn to truly trust in Him with all of our heart, we will save ourselves a lot of unnecessary worry.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

In every church, in every town, on any given Sunday or preferred day of worship, millions of "Christians" who profess a belief in God through Jesus Christ struggle with some sort of doubt. True faith is not belief. Knowing who Christ is and "faithing" in Christ is the difference between doubt and certainty.

Mark L said...

Anonymous,

Thanks for adding to the conversation. Feel free to leave your name next time. I certainly agree that we all have doubts and questions. That's why I think this verse is so simply profound. If we continue trying to figure things out for ourselves, we will almost always end up frustrated. But, when we put control in His hands, there is freedom.