Trust 101

(I wrote this blog a couple years ago but have done a little editing and it is as applicable today as it always will be.)

Trust is one of the linchpins of our faith.

Trust is a key to living in a state of peace, joy, and contentment.

Trust is essential in situations that are unclear.

Trust can be easily damaged.

Trust must be founded in our relationship with God.

Proverbs 3:5-12 (MSG)
Trust God from the bottom of your heart;  don’t try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go;  he’s the one who will keep you on track. Don’t assume that you know it all.  Run to God! Run from evil! Your body will glow with health,  your very bones will vibrate with life! Honor God with everything you own;  give him the first and the best. Your barns will burst,  your wine vats will brim over. But don’t, dear friend, resent God’s discipline;  don’t sulk under his loving correction. It’s the child he loves that God corrects;  a father’s delight is behind all this.

I had been the poster child for mis-trust for decades; rarely calling on God in times of desperate need, let alone staying in a close relationship with Him.  My trust had been destroyed by an authority figure who abused my innocence. I projected my resentment and fear onto the source of my freedom, ignorant of the chains binding me which I had forged myself.  It is also in times of discipline that we begin to distance ourselves from God, because we rationalize that we have been somehow abandoned .

When He is preparing us for something new, circumstances may look as if God is nowhere to be found when He is but a prayer away. As the scripture says, trusting from the bottom of your heart means every time, in every situation, whether you understand it or not. This relationship is born out of knowing the heart of God.

His love will correct, it will discipline,  and His love will stop you from going down a path to your own destruction. In fact, the hardest thing for us to do is to trust when we have decided the most logical way to achieve our goals. You see, trust is part of a larger faith experience and, if damaged, can distort your spiritual vision.  It will negatively affect every relationship you have.  Marriage, work, friends, everything.

Susan and I are experiencing a time in which our trust in God and what He desires for us is essential.  We don’t have the answers, or know where it will all end up but we are trusting Him.  When this journey started, we thought we knew the outcome, but in the process it is quite possibly becoming something entirely different.  We are learning to trust God on a deeper and more genuine level than ever before, and I believe that will propel us into His perfect will.

Proverbs 28:25 (MSG)

A grasping person stirs up trouble,  but trust in God brings a sense of well-being.



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