TRUST IN GOD // JUNE 21, 2022
Trust in the Lord with all your heart ...
One of the the most well-known verses in Proverbs starts with trusting God with all our heart. When our days get dark, when times get rough, when friends get flaky, when money isn't enough, when education can't see us through, when we don't have enough friends ... there's someone we can turn to and something we can do. We can rely on the God who made us, who loves us, who gives us a hope and a future. When we're afraid, we can put our trust in him ... when we don't know what to do or say ... when we're facing the impossible.
Sounds simple? Well, if we're not trusting in God, where are we putting our trust? In our friends? Our money? Our education? Our power? Our self? Trusting in God necessitates not trusting in other things; there are some options we don't have to consider. We don't need to turn to that drink we really want to have or the drugs that help us to numb, distract or forget. We don’t have to trust crime to get our bills paid or to live a great life -- a life of endorphin rush. We don't have to trust in our body or find refuge in someone else's body. In fact, in Proverbs 10, it says God's blessings makes us rich without adding sorrow; the Hebrew actually translates to no hang over, no regret. If we're trusting in the drink, the drugs, the crimes, the one-night stand, can we say we're living without the hangover or regret? Trusting those things actually adds sorrow and heartache to our lives, as those things often make our problems bigger than the ones we started with. If we committed the crime, we may have things, but is it as good when your conscience isn't right? We can trust God, not on those things. But trusting him means, there are things we need to let go of. If we're getting high, getting drunk, committing crime, indulging in lust, then we're missing out on what God can do for us. He supplies for all our needs according to his riches in glory (Philippians 4:19). Then we can hold our head high and keep our hope alive because we are more than a conqueror knowing God is working all things together for our good (Romans 8:28). If we're trusting God with all our heart, we're setting aside our own desires and our own thoughts to do his will. Not our will: his. We can die to ourself: our self-image, self-reliance, self-importance, self-centeredness.
Who or what are you putting your trust in today? Don't be quick to answer that question. We may think we're trusting in God, but really think about where you first turn in your distress, in your need or in your sorrow. Pay close attention this week or this month to what or where you're turning when things feel hard, when you're in lack or when you don't know what to do or say. Make a list, and ask God to help you see what trusting him might look like in your various situations. The good news? If life puts you in a place where all you have is God ... baby, you're in great shape! He is who he says he is, and he'll do what he says he can do! Turn to him, and watch his blessings make you rich without adding any sorrow.