“Trust in the LORD.” Sounds simple enough, right?
- But it can be challenging to do when storms hit. It can be hard to trust in the LORD when we get the text message about a friend or loved one who has been diagnosed with a terrible disease.
- Or when we login into our retirement account to see that most of it has been lost.
- Or when we put in the work to improve relationships, only to see that not much has changed.
- Or when brethren disappoint us.
If not careful, we can think to ourselves, “Father, I’m trying to do your will, but nothing seems to be working. Nothing seems to be improving.”
“Trust in the LORD.” Sounds simple enough, right? And yet this is exactly what we are SUPPOSED to do. This is what we SHOULD do. This is what we MUST do. This is what our Bible reading has reminded us. We have been reading the wisdom literature. Hopefully we are becoming wiser and meditating on this wisdom. What is all this wisdom for if we don’t allow it to transform our hearts and confidence in the LORD?
“Trust in the LORD.” Solomon reminds us to do this. Listen to what he says in Proverbs 3:5-6: “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight.”
Notice how Solomon said “All” twice. Our trust is to be 100%. It is to be with ALL our Heart. It is to be in “All” of our ways. In every aspect of our lives, we are to trust God and His way. If we’re going to be ALL in with respect to our heart and our ways, we need to hide God’s word in our hearts. We need to hear more from God and His wisdom than our own wisdom, Podcasts, family, politicians, or celebrities. God wants ALL our hearts. Many have lost the art and dedication of memorizing scripture. It takes time and effort. But as one person said to me, “Intention is where you put your Attention.” Let’s be more intentional and put our attention on the Holy Scriptures.
The Psalmist reminds us to trust in the LORD. “O Israel, trust in the LORD; He is their help and their shield. O house of Aaron, trust in the LORD. He is their help and their shield. You who fear the LORD, trust in the LORD; He is their help and their shield (Psalm 115:9-11). The God we’re to trust in is in the heavens and does what He pleases (Psalm 115:3). He is faithful in all He does. The Psalmist contrasts the God of heaven compared to idols. Those who put their trust in idols will become like them (Psalm 115:8). Idols are nothing. Let us never build and trust in idols. Trust in the LORD. Why? Because He’s alive. Because He’s the creator of all things (Psalm 115:15). Because of His lovingkindness and faithfulness (Psalm 115:1).
“Trust in the LORD.” Sounds simple enough, right? Actually, it is! It is when we listen to the Hebrew writer “…Lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us…” When we fill our hearts with God’s word, it will be easy to do. Most of the worries that consume us are never realized. Trust in the LORD.