Proverbs 3:5-12, (MSG)
"Trust 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. Don't assume that you know it all. Run to God! Run from evil! Your body will glow with health, your very bones will vibrate with life! Honor God with everything you own; give him the first and the best. Your barns will burst, your wine vats will brim over. But don't, dear friend, resent God's discipline; don't sulk under his loving correction. It's the child he loves that God corrects; a father's delight is behind all this."
The word "trust" seems to be such a simple word. It represents a "casting down" of the heavy weight on our shoulders and a "letting go" so to speak. However, human emotions makes the ability to trust such a complicated ordeal. Carrying life's exhaustive burdens at times seems much easier than trusting and letting go.
Even more difficult, is the ability to trust in a culture where we are taught to "take the bull by the horns", take control, and constantly strive to make things happen...it's counterintuitive. So we do everything possible to make sure the end result is what we desire, running over anyone who may stand in our way. It is a way of survival, especially for those who have felt the sting of disappointment, betrayal, or heartbreak. Friends, family members, co-workers, or even a spouse can leave one feeling vulnerable, despondent, and discouraged. However, it is at that very moment that we can choose to try to figure it all out, judge the perpetrator, become bitter, and distrustful of everyone. Or we can choose to trust God, waiting quietly, knowing His plans for us are of good and not of harm (Jeremiah 29:11).
When we genuinely trust The Lord, we can be at peace and rest in His promise.
During times that it is difficult to trust, Jesus is the ONE that can always be trusted. Be ever mindful of God and serve Him with a willing and obedient heart. When we trust Him out of a heart of obedience, He will remove the (stressful) obstacles of our life and make the crooked paths straight (Luke 3:5). He doesn't say when or how, He just promises that He will. As scripture points out, trusting God in His guidance brings physical well being, prosperity, and discipline. Although there are times of testing and hardship, rest assured that God still uses it for our good! (Romans 8:28).
There are many unknowns in life...employment, children's struggles, critical talk behind our backs, identity crisis, overwhelming debt, elderly parents to care for, etc. Let go completely. Take a chance and live life with an open heart. Being distrustful only leads to much lack and pain. Jesus promises He WILL work it all out. ALWAYS.
Christina is the founder of Relentless Love Ministries and lives in Linton. She is an active speaker, guest lecturer, and published author. For more information, questions, or comments, email firstname.lastname@example.org.