The struggle we face daily is one of trust, and trust is fragile to say the least. We can say we trust God all day long, but if our actions say otherwise, we are wrong.
Trust is not just a nice sounding five letter word but rather something that takes a lifetime to learn and represents the very bedrock of our faith. Springing from our undiluted trust in the Lord is the willingness to allow Him to direct our paths. Trust allows us to lay down our selfish desires and offer up ourselves in service to God. It provides us with strength and patience during times of distress or turmoil.
The enemies of trust are doubts and fears. If allowed, these things will eat away at the confidence trust brings. There is absolutely no way fear and trust can co-exist. They are bitter rivals vying for our hearts. Fear seeks to insert questions that generate doubt which in turn makes it impossible to trust. Trust dispels doubts and shuts the door on fear.
The daily battle we all face is one of trusting God no matter what the circumstances surrounding us look like. The daily struggle is between outside influences which call into question our faith and the trust we manifest which rejects the endless suggestions brought to us on the wings of anxiety, doubts and fear.
When our emphasis in life switches from Him to us, we immediately become prey to all that seeks to destroy our relationship with God. When fear and doubt reign, our ability to receive the promises of God is kicked out the door and replaced with the belief we can do things better ourselves than with the help of God.
Trust allowed Noah to believe the Word of the Lord and build a huge boat when it had never rained. Trust allowed Abraham to treat his time in this life as that of being a vagabond with no certain dwelling place. Trust allowed Joseph to endure years in prison for a crime he did not commit and upon his release to forgive his brothers who had sold him into slavery.
Trust enabled Moses to lead millions of people in the wilderness for 40 years, all the while putting up with their ingratitude and rebellion. Trust enabled Joshua to win the Promised Land for God s children. Time and time again throughout the Bible, that which enabled God's people to be victorious was their faith in God built upon their trust in His promises.
In times of trouble as well as times of opportunity, it is our trust in God which leads us to the Promised Land of victory, peace and joy regardless of the circumstances. Just as we entrust our bank to guard and protect the funds we deposit there, so too we must entrust God with our faith. The Bank of Heaven is sound and sure and our deposits there are safe and secure. In God we trust.
One of my favorite hymns is 'Tis So Sweet To Trust In Jesus. The final line in the chorus is: "Oh for grace to trust Him more." According to the story surrounding this hymn which was written by Louisa Steed, her husband drowned while trying to rescue a boy. His widow, along with her four year old daughter were left destitute. I'm sure the questions arose and I am sure she battled her emotions but in the end, she clung to God.
One day, she opened the door to find groceries and money. Later that day she penned the words:
[quote]Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus,
And to take Him at His Word;
Just to rest upon His promise,
And to know, "Thus says the Lord!"
Jesus, Jesus, how I trust Him!
How I've proved Him o'er and o'er
Jesus, Jesus, precious Jesus!
O for grace to trust Him more!
O how sweet to trust in Jesus,
Just to trust His cleansing blood;
And in simple faith to plunge me
'Neath the healing, cleansing flood!
Yes, 'tis sweet to trust in Jesus,
Just from sin and self to cease;
Just from Jesus simply taking
Life and rest, and joy and peace.
I'm so glad I learned to trust Thee,
Precious Jesus, Savior, Friend;
And I know that Thou art with me,
Wilt be with me to the end. [/quote]
I have sung that hymn often through the years, B2Y. It's words burn in my heart. Trust, it is not always easy but it is the only way to live!
In God we trust and not in rust, in God is us and we can trust God and we must, we build our treasure in Heaven and we trust what Jesus is doing in Heaven, we trust what the visions in Revelation that say Jesus does things; in God we trust. A man told Jesus that he himself was unworthy of Jesus coming to his house but trusted Jesus to just say the word and his daughter would be healed and Moses trusted God to deliver the people and make a way for them to cross the red sea. Can we trust God to bless one another? Christian blog is a blessing and I thank God.
Well, I needed this tonight! It is easy to trust when everything is going great. I am trusting God to take care of several situations at this time in my life. I know within my heart that God is in complete control. I just want to be able to follow His lead. Things happen that we don't expect. Is the door closing or opening? Depends on how you look at it I suppose. I see a door opening to a whole different life for me. Excited to know that I have Christ in the center of it. I pray I do not give the enemy any ground to defeat me in this.
I enjoyed your blog!
As for God,His way is perfect. Psalm 18:30
Amen and Amen, "b2y!" This is a must read...we all need to be sincerely trusting in God and fighting back any fears which try to limit our productivity in the Lord!