Trust

June 29, 2017

Trust

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.

As easy as the instruction of this passage appears to be, why is it that it is so difficult to continually implement it into our lives?  Could it be because we have relied on our own understanding in so many circumstances and through so much of life it is hard for us to let go.  We might compare it with parachuting.  Why would a sane person jump out of a perfectly good airplane?  When you do you leave the safety and security of what you know to jump into what you only know and rely upon by faith.  Like parachuting, it can be pretty hard for us to want to let go concerning our faith and full reliance upon the Father.  Why should we be afraid to trust Him?  We certainly can see what a marvelous job He has done with the world that surrounds us, the balance of nature and how he cares for even the most minute of creatures.  Why should we doubt that He has anything but our best interest at heart?   Yet, the greatest stumbling block down through the ages has been that God’s people always eventually want to forsake Him for what they can see, touch, feel, taste and hear.  We are always being drawn back into the five senses of our natural man.  That is the realm in which we comfortably live. 

We have been called out of the comfort zone of our natural living.  We have been called to sky dive into the arms of our God, no longer looking and relying on the natural man.  Until we are willing to do this we will always live under the law of limitations.  Obviously there is a balance to this, but I believe more times than not we error more on the side of trusting in the flesh than trusting in our God.  Abraham is a wonderful example of a man that was willing to trust in God rather than his own understanding.  His faith was accounted unto him as righteousness and we don’t see God failing Abraham.  It doesn’t mean his faith was not tested and he often had to walk only in trust and obedience, but we see an example of a man that was well pleasing to the Lord and God counted Abraham as His friend. 

We see the Apostle Paul coming to this place when he says in Galatians 2:20, ” I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.”  This is simply stating in New Testament words the truth of Proverbs 3:3-6.   Christ becomes our all and all.  Life has become for His purpose and for His glory and not for ours.   All of our life is directed around His will and good pleasure.  Our spiritual senses are always attuned to His leading and direction.  The more sensitive, conscious we are and the more time that we are spending communing and setting our minds and hearts on the Father, the more the Holy Spirit will be able to make Himself known to us in our daily lives.  It is the walking in our own understanding that has made our hearts hard and insensitive to the Spirit’s leading and direction. 

We are again reminded of James exhortation to us in James 4:7-10, “7Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 8Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you doubleminded. 9Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom. 10Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.”  We are God’s people and it is essential that we really begin to trust and rely on Him in all of our ways.  If this world, its economy and all of the security we currently trust in were gone tomorrow do you have the trust and relationship with Christ that would sustain you by faith alone?  Is Christ truly our security or is it in all that we have built with our hands and our abilities. 

Today is a day that God wants to bring us out of our understanding into the understanding of who He is and who He wants to be to us and through us.  Let’s press into the understanding of our God and His ways.

Psalms 23:8 says, “But [it is] good for me to draw near to God: I have put my trust in the Lord GOD, that I may declare all thy works.”

 

Blessings,

#kent

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