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The Truth About Trust

October 28th, 2015

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart.” Proverbs 3:5 NIV.

Trust rests securely on God’s history of trustworthiness.

My thoughts and comments today are about “the truth about trust.”

There are times when trust is not easy for us, especially in bewildering circumstances when trust is absolutely required. Trust is essential. Trust is integral to the relationship between government and the governed, business dealings, personal relationships, successful marriages, healthy families, and your relationship with God. Trust is more about substance than supposition, more about faith than feelings, more volitional than emotional.

The Apostle Paul considered trust as fundamental, “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13 NIV. Isn’t that what you desire? Every person yearns to be filled with joy and peace, while overflowing with hope. From the Scripture, the Source and process are clear. You experience those only, “. . as you trust in [the God of hope].”

Trust rests securely on God’s history of trustworthiness. God has been, is, and will forever remain absolutely trustworthy, “the same yesterday, today and forever.” Hebrews 13:8 NKJV. Trust provided the foundation for Paul’s confession of God’s nature and conviction of the truth of His Word. “I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him until that Day.” 2 Timothy 1:12 NKJV. Read Romans 8:37-39 NKJV.

Without trust, faith is more imagined than real. Trust is the foundation for faith and, “faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things unseen.” Hebrews 11:1 NKJV. With trust, it is all or nothing. By definition, trust that is conditional or partial includes a mixture of distrust. Solomon’s counsel is this: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6 NIV. In these Bible verses, I notice three practical truths about trust.

(1) There are two non-negotiables about trust. Be wholehearted in your trust of God, and make God your first and foremost consideration in everything you do, either great or small. Biblically, the Hebrew concept of trust means, “to lean one’s whole weight upon something in order to rest upon it and be strengthened by it.” Or more simply stated, trust is, “to rely entirely.” That is the truth about trust.

(2) There is one temptation you must avoid in all instances and at all costs. “I know, O Lord, that a man’s life is not his own; it is not for man to direct his steps.” Jeremiah 10:23 NIV. Refuse every enticement to trust yourself or others above and before God. There must be an entirety and exclusivity about trust. That is the truth about trust.

(3) Trust holds a glorious promise from God. Trust straightens the unforeseen twists and turns of life’s journey. “Trust in the Lord . . Delight yourself in the Lord . . Commit your way to the Lord . . Rest in the Lord.” Read Psalms 37:3-8 NKJV. That is the truth about trust.

Today, I pray for you to find God trustworthy in all things at all times.

EDL TRUST father and son

 

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God, First and Foremost

January 10th, 2014

“In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” Proverbs 3:6 NKJV.

 In every aspect of your life, seek and submit to God’s will and wisdom first.

My thoughts and comments today are about “God, first and foremost.”

Everyday life is filled with decisions; those decisions often have unexpected consequences. And invariably, those consequences affect more than yourself. How can you know the decisions you make are wise? How can you minimize the impact of your decisions on others? You can purchase life, home, or auto insurance to offset a loss you experience. But what will protect you against costly errors or misjudgments?

Life can become confusing. There are so many variables, known and unknown. Life offers multiple options, not all of which are good. There are choices to be made, often without sufficient knowledge and experience, or even adequate time to understand and choose wisely. Sometimes the options are between better and best, at other times between right and wrong. There has to be a better way than guessing, and hoping you are right.

Upon his coronation, Solomon sought and received wisdom and knowledge from God. Read 2 Chronicles 1:7-12 NIV.  But if you know the history of Solomon, you know that he was wise, but not always. When He loved and followed God’s Word, he lived wisely; when he lived by his own wits, he was confused and misled. The book of Ecclesiastes chronicles Solomon’s quixotic journey from God’s truth to his futile attempts to understand life by natural intellect and observation, finally returning to God’s ways and wisdom. Solomon wrote, “Here is my final conclusion: Fear God and obey His commands, for this is the duty of every person.” Ecclesiastes 12:13 NLT.  

In the Book of Proverbs, his collection of Godly wisdom, Solomon wrote, “In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” See Proverbs 3:5-12 NKJV. So few words, uncomplicated and simple, explain how life works. Be advised; Jeremiah the prophet, wrote, “O Lord, I know the way of a man is not in himself; it is not in man who walks to direct his own steps.” Jeremiah 10:23 NKJV

I have observed a direct correlation between God’s direction and protection. When God directs your life, God protects your life. There is protection from my errors and misjudgments – from both the frailty of my flesh and inadequate knowledge – when I purposely seek to be directed by God’s Word (John 17:17 NIV), and guided by the Holy Spirit (John 16:13 NIV). “I have taught you in the way of wisdom; I have led you in right paths. When you walk yours steps will not be hindered, and when you run you will not stumble.” Proverbs 4:11-12 NKJV.

According to Solomon, this process is not complicated. In every aspect of your life, seek and submit to God’s will and wisdom first. A good result is assured; God will not only guide you upon the right path, He will direct your steps wisely on those paths. “The steps (and stops, I might suggest) of the Godly are directed by the Lord. He delights in every detail of their lives. Though they stumble, they will not fall, for the Lord holds them by the hand.” Psalm 37:23-24 NLT. See Psalm 91:11-12 NASB.

“Now may the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God and into the patience of Christ.” 2 Thessalonians 3:5 NKJV. Here is my conclusion: “As for God, His way is perfect.” Psalm 18:30 NKJV.

My prayer for you today is that you follow faithfully the God who leads you righteously.

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What’s Next?

December 6th, 2010

“I will instruct you . . in the way you should go.” Psalm 32:8 NIV

God is not Google! Google is about information; God is about relationship.”

My thoughts today ask “what’s next?”

Have  you ever wished you could see into the future? Sometimes you just don’t know what to do, which way to turn, or where to go. Life will have a few of those anxious places along the way. Don’t panic. You are not lost; you may just be momentarily confused about what’s next.

Actually, I can think of a few good things about being at such a directional junction occasionally. That could mean that you’ve accomplished something where you’ve been and are ready for what’s next; that’s a good thing. It could also mean that you know God has more for you; you’re not finished yet. That’s a good thing too. Or it could mean that God is waiting for you to ask Him for His wisdom and direction. That is a very good thing!

When you don’t know what’s ahead for you, God does. The Bible says God “declares the end from the beginning.” See Isaiah 46:9-10 NLT. I think He could be quite helpful when making your decisions, don’t you? Still, you have an important part to play in discovery.

Your future is filled with near-unlimited possibilities. Some measure of realizing those is up to you; all of your doing so will include your depending upon God. When you think you best know what’s next, you are just guessing really. Sometimes you guess well; sometimes you guess wrong. God is never guessing.

The internet is amazing. A Google search can reveal a mind-boggling amount of information, giving you access to anything and everything contained on the internet. The problem is I rarely know how to ask the right question to obtain the answer I need. Wouldn’t it be simple if you could Google anything you wanted or needed to know from God? Really now, do you always know how to specifically ask God when you are unclear about what’s next?

God is not Google! Google is about getting information for you (and making money from advertisers); God is about having a relationship with you. He wants you to know what’s next for your life, but first, God wants you to know Him. “The steps (and stops) of the Godly are directed by the Lord. He delights in every detail of their lives.” Psalm 37:23 NLT.

I would be sad if my wife or family were only interested in information from me more than knowing who I am. Because of our relationship, I am willing and wanting to share anything that would be helpful for them to live wisely. Why would I want less for those I love? “No good thing will the Lord withhold from those who do what is right. O Lord, happy are those who trust in You.” Psalm 84:11-12 NLT.

Understanding that the primary intention of God is for you to truly know Him, here’s what I have learned about knowing and doing the will of God. When you want to do His will perfectly and completely, God will direct you to what’s next. “I know, Lord, that a person’s life is not His own. No one is able to plan His own course . . Trust in the lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways, acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths.” Jeremiah 10:23 NLT and Proverbs 3:5-6 NKJV.

Your next step should always be in the direction of God’s will. Read Romans 12:1-2 NIV. On a very practical note, He does not tell you all the steps all at once; God tells you what your next step will be. If you knew everything ahead, you could either become fearful or fascinated. If fearful, you might refuse to move from where you are and be disobedient. If fascinated, you could rush too far too fast and miss the experience along the way that’s necessary for your success. The matter is simple: trust God for what’s next.

My prayer for you today is that you know God and trust Him with your life.

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