Trust in the Lord
by Ann Robinson-Worley
The definition of Trust is a reliance on the integrity, strength, ability, surety, etc., of a person ; confidence. The confident expectation or hope in the certainty of a person in whom you can rely upon. Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own insight. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Prov 3: 5-6 How do we TRUST?
Its not easy to trust people because we all have experienced circumstances in our lives in which we have been hurt at one point or another by people who we thought that we could trust but they failed to live up to our expectations. Its hard to know who to trust and who not to trust anymore. Trust can be achieved by getting to know a person enough to know how they will act in different situations and circumstances.
This is much the same in our relationship with the Lord. In order to get to know him we must read what the bible says about him in order to understand how he acts and reacts to the nature of our humanity. Study the miracles of Jesus. To whom did he help? Trust must be Earned. You must decide what will be required to earn your trust. The price of your trust must be realistic. You can't expect God to just come down from Heaven with a bolt of lightening and just fix things overnight when it has been years worth of bad decisions on your part which has gotten you into your mess.
Be realistic it might just take a while before you can be fully delivered. Sometimes you just have to be patient and optimistic. Look back and remember what HE did for you in the past. If HE did it for you then then HE can and will do it for you again!
You who fear the Lord, hope for good things, for everlasting joy and mercy.
Consider the ancient generations and see: who ever trusted in the Lord and was put to shame? Or who ever persevered in the fear of the Lord and was forsaken? Or who ever called upon him and was overlooked? For the Lord is compassionate and merciful;he forgives sins and saves in time of affliction. Sirach 2:9-11
I have been young, and now am old; yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken or his children begging bread. Psalm 37:25 There are so many examples of why we should trust the Lord throughout the scriptures but one such person comes to my mind when I think of trusting in the Lord and that is Father Abraham.
In Romans 4: 18-22, it describes to us the level of trust that Abraham had.
" Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations, according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be. And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sarah's womb: He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform. And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness."
By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place which he was to receive as an inheritance; and he went out, not knowing where he was to go. By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a foreign land, living in tents with Isaac and Jacob, heirs with him of the same promise. For he looked forward to the city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God. By faith Sarah herself received power to conceive, even when she was past the age, since she considered him faithful who had promised. Therefore from one man, and him as good as dead, were born descendants as many as the stars of heaven and as the innumerable grains of sand by the seashore. Hebrews 11:8-12
What God has promised that He wants to accomplish in and through your life is going to require some TRUST on your part. You must determine and settle it in your heart. You must be FULLY PERSUADED like Abraham was. David also trusted the Lord. He said " The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in Him, and I am helped. Therefore my heart rejoices, and I praise Him with my song."
Psalm 28:7 For our hearts rejoice in Him because we trust in His holy name.
Psalm 33:21 Take delight in the Lord, and He will give you your heart’s desires. Psalm 37:4