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.