Learning to Trust in Him:
“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.” (Proverbs 3:5-6).
Trust can be a dangerous thing. We are called to trust in the Lord with all of our hearts, but what exactly does that mean? The word trust means, ‘firm reliance on the integrity, ability, or character of a person or thing.’ Therefore, the more you know the integrity, ability and character of a person, the more you will be able to trust them. This is why it is vitally important for us as Christians to grow in our personal knowledge of the Lord: The more we know Him, the more we will trust Him. And the more we trust Him, the more we will love Him. He’s a trustworthy God. Jesus said, “Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” (Luke 12:32).
But trust is a difficult thing. For many of us, we may have given someone our trust in the past, and because that trust was broken, we have a harder time trusting the next time. And if we have had many people break our trust, then it will be very challenging for us to develop confidence and reliance upon others. I know for myself that trust was a difficult thing growing up. Coming from a single parent family, I never really knew my dad. He was an alcoholic who abandoned his family. He travelled from town to town with his country music band, and every once in a while, he would give my sisters and I a call and tell us that he would see us when he was in town. Sometimes he showed up, and sometimes he didn’t. He was a promise breaker, and he couldn’t be trusted. This has made learning to trust in God as my Heavenly Father a difficult thing. Perhaps some of you can relate to this.
The Bible says that God is love, and that He is our Big Dad up in Heaven, but perhaps the idea of God as a father isn’t a pleasant one. Perhaps ‘father’ to you was someone who was never around, or if he was, the way he treated you wasn’t good. Recognizing these factors can help us to overcome them, and learn to trust God with a reckless confidence.
Read these words, spoken by the Lord Jesus, on the nature of the love of our Heavenly Father. “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him.” (Matthew 7:7-11). No matter how good or bad your earthly father is, how much more loving and caring and compassionate your Heavenly Father is! How much more will He love, care and provide for His children. He is good. He can be trusted.
As we close today’s devotional, I want to leave you with the comforting words of our Lord Jesus on the nature of our Heavenly Father’s providential care for us as His children. I pray that you will read these words, meditate on them, and that you would learn to trust in the Lord with all of your heart.
“So I tell you, don’t worry about everyday life – whether you have enough food, drink, and clothes. Doesn’t life consist of more than food and clothing? Look at the birds. They don’t need to plant or harvest or put food in barns because your heavenly Father feeds them. And you are far more valuable to him than they are. Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? Of course not. And why worry about your clothes? Look at the lilies and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. And if God cares so wonderfully for flowers that are here today and gone tomorrow, won’t he more surely care for you? You have so little faith…
“So don’t worry about having enough food or drink or clothing. Why be like the pagans who are so deeply concerned about these things? Your heavenly Father already knows all your needs, and he will give you all you need from day to day if you live for him and make the Kingdom of God your primary concern. So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.” (Matt. 6:25-34).
Pastor Chris Jordan