Proverbs 3:5-6 (NLT)
Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do and he will show you which path to take.
I love how God reveals His Love to me! It can be in the midst of endless Bible study or like today in an ordinary conversation with my daughter. My daughter has developed quite a pet-sitting business in addition to her babysitting jobs that have been her primary income growing up and now as she finishes her education before striking off on her own. The problem is that everyone wants to go out of town at the same time. For example, it is a three-day weekend and schools are closed on Monday. Since one of her jobs is in our neighborhood, I offered and she graciously accepted to do her first visit of the day. The sweet golden retriever was quite overjoyed to greet me this morning and after taking care of all the regular duties, I sat on the floor and just loved on her. She misses her family and as I gathered my things to go she was quite sad and despondent. My boss contacted me as soon as I returned to be sure I had not forgotten her charge. I reported my visit and she was satisfied. Somehow the conversation turned to the loyalty and devotion of dogs to their families, she hates leaving them at the end of each visit to pine for their missing loved ones. Jokingly I told her that these are great qualities in a husband as well, loyalty and devotion for so little in exchange. A dog will be loyal and devoted if they are given a food and water bowl accompanied by a warm bed. Let them out occasionally and pet them sometimes, they will be your most loyal companion for life. A dog’s sole purpose is to love their owner and he lives for them only. My husband is loyally devoted to me for little in return. Those are not powerful and passionate qualities that the world has etched in our mind with endless drama-filled shows and raunchy movies. Love is a commitment. How exciting is that? Not to this world, where you are encouraged to love them and leave them. Entering relationships based on what the other person can do for you is the foundation of an unstable marriage for sure. When I met my husband, we were not living for the Lord. However, sitting in a restaurant late one evening on our second or third date we became discussing potential marriage. I know it was quick, but when you know – you know. He said something that sealed his fate to become my future husband, “When I do get married, God will be a priority in my life even though He has not been. God is very important to me!” Bingo! I hit the jackpot because I felt the very same way. The longing in our heart for God created a bond that has lasted for fifteen years. I love my husband with all my heart. Our marriage has been successful because rather than expecting more than the other person can give – we have placed all of our love and trust in Jesus so we can love each other faults and all!
Trust is the foundation of every single relationship that we have. It is the primary element necessary for success. If there is no trust, then there is no relationship. To say that we love someone but that we do not trust them is impossible because love is a commitment. A commitment is a pledge, promise and obligation. To say that you are committed without trust means that you do not expect anything to come of the pledge or promise so what’s the point. If you love the Lord, you will trust Him. If you want a relationship with Jesus Christ including all of the benefits, there must be a union. All of me for all of Him! Nothing more and nothing less. This will require you to trust Him. Trust is reliance in the integrity, strength, ability and surety of a person or thing. If we trust the Lord, then it will not matter what other people do or who much we have. Our emotions will not be driven by what we see, smell, hear, taste and touch but by what we know to be true based on the Word of God. Trust is confident expectation otherwise known as hope that comes from investing faith in the one we claim to trust and leaving it there. As it becomes secure, we will invest more and more of life into the relationship and His Promises will overtake us in bountiful harvests beyond anything we could imagine. Finally, if you believe in Jesus Christ you will trust Him. To believe and trust are the same thing. Why believe if you do not trust? You cannot trust if you do not believe. Do you trust the Lord today? To love the Lord – we must learn to trust Him more.
Psalm 37:3-5 (NLT)
Trust in the LORD and do good. Then you will live safely in the land and prosper. Take delight in the LORD and he will give you your heart’s desires. Commit everything you do to the LORD. Trust him, and he will help you.
I was married once before. I am not proud or ashamed of it – it is what it is. The marriage did not have God as a foundation as the other person claimed to be an atheist in the first year of the union. Two people traveling in opposite directions will never end up in the same place. After nine years, it finally completely fell apart. During those years, to the outside world everything was fine as pride led me to build the perfect façade. The image included three precious little children which is evidence that God works everything for our good! We overcomplicate things when it comes to God, I believe it is an effort by most people to hide the fact that they do not trust the Lord. The process is simple. Trust the Lord. Do good. Live safely and prosper. Delight in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart! Commit everything to Him and WATCH OUT! Trust has been bruised and compromised by this world and it’s incapacity to love completely and unconditionally. There are so many broken hearted people out there trying to form relationships with pieces of their heart unable to invest the whole thing wholeheartedly. Struggling to live the life that God has promised based on natural experiences they miss out on a love affair with God that from the outside looks dull and boring but when it gets stirred up on the inside will change everything transforming your broken heart into a new creation! We must learn to love God enough to trust Him. This will become delight as we discover the reality of His Love until everything we do is suddenly successfully. There is no magic combination or one-size fits all – it is all about trust… nothing more… nothing less.
John 14:1-3 (NLT)
“Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me. There is more than enough room in my Father’s home. If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am.”
Why trust the Lord? God’s Love is unfailing and He is always good! It is not enough to say these words or memorize every scripture that says that He is! Until you believe that God’s Love for you is unconditional and unfailing, you will not thrive in His Kingdom because you do not have a relationship with Him. You must accept that God loves you more than you can love Him back. You must accept His Love without reciprocation because you will never out love or out give Him. You must simply take hold of it. (Psalm 52:8-9) It is quite overwhelming. You must trust that God loves you! His Word tells us the character and nature of the Lord and His Great Love. The Word is essential in forming a bond of trust because we cannot reach Him naturally. His Love is all consuming rising from the inside out which requires a change in our perspective and perception of what love truly is found only in His Word. (Psalm 33:4) People will let you down even your closest friends and family. (Psalm 41:4-9) We put more trust in people than we do God and wonder why we live disappointed and defeated lives. You are to love people but trust the Lord. You cannot expect people to have perfect integrity, strength, ability and surety because they are only human. You are setting them up to fail and you to be let down. (Isaiah 2:22) Believers and nonbelievers insist on doing this all the time. We trust people more than God to love us. We believe that money and power will certainly provide and protect us foolishly rather than totally trusting and believing in the Power of God that lives in us. The same power that conquered the grave lives in you and I as believers, yet we do not trust the Lord with the details of our daily life leaving in the hands of humanity who could not save themselves. Trust in the Lord will allow you to praise Him even when all hell is breaking loose in your life as we casually and confidently walk through the shadow of death not fearing the evil lurking there because we know our God is able and will do everything that He promised. (Psalm 27:7) There is overwhelming joy and peace for those who love and trust the Lord. (Psalm 40:4) If you are not experiencing these two things on a permanent basis, it is time to examine your relationship with the Lord and trust Him more.
Galatians 2:20 (NLT)
My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
When I married my husband all those years ago, I promised to give my life to him. No marriage will ever succeed with submission of one’s life to the one who they love. Love is a sacrifice of our own existence to another person for life. It is not a commitment to be taken lightly nor is our commitment to Jesus Christ. It is a marriage. It is a life for a life. I know without a shadow of a doubt that my husband would willingly without reservation lay down his life for me. I would do the same for him. Thank God we have not had to do it so far. But I also know that Jesus Christ has already given His Life for me. He died for me willingly despite all the terrible things that I would in my lifetime. I have given my life to Christ and His Spirit now lives in me as a consummation of our union. My relationship to Jesus Christ should supersede every other relationship in my life. I should trust Him even more than my husband. I should go to Him before my husband when I worries and concerns. I should tell Him I love Him first and most on a continual basis. If I give my whole heart and entire life to Christ and trust Him for fulfillment, satisfaction, joy and peace then I am free to live my life with my best friend without placing burdens and worries on him when it is my first responsibility to trust the Lord. I know what my husband intends to do for me, but I also know exactly what Jesus Christ has already done for me and I must learn to trust Him more! “I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit. Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is.” (Ephesians 3:16-18) The Spirit of God lives in me to make room for Christ in my heart. The more that I discover the depth and vast potential of God’s Love for me the more powerful my connection to the Lord will be impacting every aspect of my life for His Good!
Hebrews 3:14 (NLT)
For if we are faithful to the end, trusting God just as firmly as when we first believed, we will share in all that belongs to Christ.
The success or failure of my life rests in nothing more than my ability to love and trust the Lord. By faith that becomes confident hope, I am able to share in all that belongs to Christ. Trust is tough for a race that has no concept of what love really is and lives in search of it. Trusting God clears a path directly to the Presence of God so when trouble comes – we know exactly who to turn to and where to run. (Hebrews 10:21-23) It is a benefit of our relationship. A stranger would not feel comfortable walking into my husband’s office unannounced but I would. He wouldn’t have it any other way. We are afraid to take our problems to the Lord because we do not trust Him to take care of us. If we did, we would take everything to Him. Instead, we wait until we have exhausted all human effort and choose Him as a last resort. Imagine how the Lord feels watching us struggle when He is the solution. Our faith allows us to come to Him boldly. Confident hope is the evidence of faith. Hope anchors us in a place of receivership willing to accept nothing less than God’s Best because we trust Him the most! (Hebrews 6:18-19) We believe that the Lord has done what He said and will do what He promises! Do you believe that? Do you really? “O LORD, hear me as I pray; pay attention to my groaning. Listen to my cry for help, my King and my God, for I pray to no one but you. Listen to my voice in the morning, LORD. Each morning I bring my requests to you and wait expectantly.” (Psalm 5:1-3)
John 3:16-17 (NLT)
“For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him.”
Trust requires belief. To believe changes how we think and act. It is reflected in how live and what we do. If you believe in God’s Love – it will change your life. It is solely based on trusting by faith and hope in someone we cannot see, but must come to know! (John 20:26-29) Jesus called those who believe without seeing to be blessed! I want to be that person who trusts the Lord wholeheartedly before I meet Him face to face. Those who trust the Lord will choose not to sin! (1 John 3:2-6) The world has convoluted the Grace of God by using it as an excuse to live in sin and darkness without shame. This is a lie that will be revealed when the Light of the Word returns and we meet Him in person. It will be a fatal error. Those who love and trust the Lord will choose not to sin based out of love and respect for their relationship with Christ and to preserve intimacy with Him only found apart from sin. The only “work” God wants from you is that you believe in Him enough to remain pure. (John 6:28-29) Those who divide their heart between the world and Kingdom are not fit for the Kingdom of God. Wavering will be their demise. Confident hope requires transferring all of our faith, trust and hope into the Person of Jesus Christ. We must learn to trust Him more!
Isaiah 26:2-4 (NLT)
Open the gates to all who are righteous; allow the faithful to enter. You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you! Trust in the LORD always for the LORD GOD is the eternal Rock.
Perfect peace is the benefit of those who trust the Lord in all things. Can you imagine a life of peace in all areas? Think about it no worry, stress or fear about anything at all. To never be agitated or unsettled. If we become disciplined in fixing our eyes on Jesus Christ committed to loving Him with our whole heart and trusting Him with our entire life – this the promise that we will receive. I cannot even imagine but I am certainly willing to try! Total trust in the Lord is evidenced by radical obedience and an uncompromising commitment to holiness no matter what the earthly cost. Are you willing to trust Him more? Those who attempt to love the Lord and believe in Him will have renewed strength to trust Him more! I have a phenomenal husband. He loves God and he loves me…but he is still only human! Thankfully, I have a God who loves me most, a Savior who died for me and His Spirit who lives in me so that I can learn to trust Him more!
Isaiah 40:30-31 (NLT)
Even youths will become weak and tired and young men will fall in exhaustion. But those who trust in the LORD will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.