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Trust

Trust…think about that word for a minute.  What does it truly mean?  The official definition would tell you that trust is the reliance on the integrity, strength, ability, or surety of a person or thing.  That “official” definition focuses on the word reliance.  Have you ever relied on a person for something and been let down?  Maybe time and time again?  I’m sure we have all been in that situation at one time or another in our lives.  When I think of the word trust, I think of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  There have been times in my life when I have prayed for things, but probably didn’t really trust that God would answer those prayers.  In other words, if you ask for God to help you in prayer, you truly have to believe He’ll do what you’re asking Him to do.

The past year has been full of ups and downs for many of us.  Those ups and downs have consisted of job loss on the down side for some and the birth of a child on the upside.  A year ago when those two things occurred in my life at the same time, my wife came across a Bible verse that changed our lives.  The verse was so profound that my wife wrote it down and posted it all over the house so we would see it everywhere.  The verse is this…”Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight”.  It comes from Proverbs 3:5-6 and has changed the way I look at things.  I may have lost my job, but the Lord blessed us with a child at the same time.  From an earthly prospective that may seem stressful, but without that beautiful little girl the past year would have been far tougher.  You see, God really does care what happens to us.  And…if we trust in Him…lean on Him…and acknowledge that He’s there…in everything, He will make our path straight.

Take some time to think about that word again…Trust.  Do you trust that God knows what is best for you?  Are you willing to suffer for God?  The Bible tells us that when we’ve suffered for a while, God will make us whole.  You can rely on Him…for everything.  He WILL remain faithful.  And, IN HIS TIME, He will make your path straight.  Trust Him with all your heart.

Think about it for a minute.  Such a simple questions, isn’t it?  What color is a yield sign? 

Are you ready?

Until 1971, yield signs were yellow.  Is that what you said?  Since that time, yield signs have been red and white.  My point is this…when we learn something as children and get used to it being that way, it is really hard to change that perception.  The same idea applies to God and Christianity. 

As a parent, I have come to realize how important it is for God to be a part of my child’s life each and everyday.  It’s not a question of “How can I fit God into my life?”, rather we should focus on God being the foundation of our life.  Spending time with God is more important than anything we do.  If we don’t make a point to teach this to our children, we run the risk of God being a yield sign for our children…something that’s out there, but we don’t truly know who He is. 

Spend some time with your children today and everyday telling them who God is and why He should come first everyday.  Don’t risk your child coming to a crossroad later in life and not know which direction to take.  Build the foundation now…because it will be hard to change their perception later.

1 Chronicles 28:9

“And you, my son Solomon, acknowledge the God of your father, and serve him with wholehearted devotion and with a willing mind, for the LORD searches every heart and understands every motive behind the thoughts. If you seek him, he will be found by you; but if you forsake him, he will reject you forever.”