“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 straight your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6
When Rob and I were dating we went out on the boat with his best friend Dave. Rob and Dave spent most of the day waterskiing. I had never skied before and I was nervous about trying. I didn’t want to embarrass myself in front of Rob or his friend.
When I’m unsure about my chances for success, I will often not even give it a try. Rob and Dave encouraged me to give a shot. Rob guaranteed that I would get up on skis if I trusted him and followed his instructions. He even promised that if I got up on my first try, he would take me to our favorite restaurant that night and buy me a steak.
This was a big splurge. I decided to give it go. Amazingly it worked. I got up on skis the very first time that I tried. I was shocked. Not only did I not embarrass myself but he told me that he was quite impressed with my skills as a skier.
Trust is something you have to earn and build in a relationship. You can’t just trust anybody. You trust the people who love you and have your best interests in mind.
God is the only one that we can fully trust. He has certainly earned our trust. The cross of Christ is all the proof we need to know how much God loves us and cares for us.
As Paul says in Romans 8, “He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?” It’s important to remember that it’s not about how much you trust but about whom you trust. Put your trust in Jesus and he will guide you by His grace.
“Therefore my trust is in the Lord, And not in mine own merit; On Him my soul shall rest, His word Upholds my fainting spirit; His promised mercy is my fort, My comfort and my sweet support; Psalm 130: “From the Depths of Woe” Hymn by Martin Luther
Prayer: Help me trust. Help me trust in times of affliction. Help me trust in times of temptation. Help me trust in times of darkness. Help me trust in all times. Help me trust in You and not in my wisdom or understanding. Help me trust.