” … Firm confidence in the honesty, integrity, justice, reliability of another …”
It isn't wise to place our trust in men or princes (Psalm 118:18,19). But how worthy the Lord is of our unwavering trust! Click To Tweet
When you think of the word trust , what comes to mind? What images does it conjure up in your heart? Maybe a little girl holding onto her father’s hand, walking down a busy city sidewalk; or a little boy jumping from a dock on a lake into his father’s arms; or perhaps flying in an airplane for the first time, knowing that you are not the one at the controls! According to Webster’s Dictionary, to trust is to “believe; to have firm confidence in the honesty, integrity, justice, reliability of another person or thing; to have confident expectation, anticipation, hope; to rely or depend upon; to commit something to a person’s care; to allow someone to do something without fear of the outcome.” We could perhaps add, “to take someone at his/her word”. In light of this definition, think of Proverbs 3:5,6: “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.” Perhaps it is rare – even risky – to trust someone according to the definition above. In fact, it is indeed not wise to place our trust in men or princes (Psalm 118:18,19). But how worthy the Lord is of our unwavering trust!
To be truly obedient we need to be totally dependent upon God.
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In his booklet “Don’t Fight Back: Trust God!”, Pastor Carl Stevens wrote: “As young people mature, their dependence on their parents becomes less and less. They develop a healthy independence in their volition, firming their own Godly convictions. Ultimately, however, what God desires is to make every single person totally and absolutely dependent upon Him.” Pastor Stevens goes on to say: “If God had His way, (1) He would make you so strong that you would be free to …love people, have fellowship with others, and be a … provision to those able to receive; … and (2) you and I would be so dependent upon Him that we would” live in obedience to Proverbs 3:5,6. But this won’t happen unless we trust (1) His Character, including His dependability; (2) His Nature – His unchanging Love for us; and (3) His Word, which reveals that He can indeed be trusted. In fact, we could say, “[Trust] comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.” (Romans 1:17)
They were utterly dependent upon God.
They had nothing to lean on by sight, reason, or feelings. Click To Tweet
In II Kings 3:4-24 we read of how God, through Elisha, told the kings of Israel, Judah, and Edom, to dig ditches in a valley where there was no water for them and their animals to be refreshed and readied to fight their enemy Moab. They had nothing to lean on by sight, reason, or feelings. They were utterly dependent upon God to do a miracle. The next morning, with no wind or rain, the ditches were filled with water, from underground springs. Out of us, too, will flow rivers of living water when we depend upon God alone (John 7:38). Furthermore, when He exclusively is the object of our trust, we ravish His heart and overcome Him with our single-eye of faith in Him (Song of Solomon 6:5). He loves our absolute dependence on Him, and the deeper the ditches are dug, the more water of the Word will go into our souls and the richer the resources we’ll have for others.
God created us for Himself.
We were created to trust Him and be dependent upon Him. Click To Tweet
“God will not stop working on us until we are set apart for Him, and for Him alone. Then, He can take away our dearest treasure and we can trust Him. God can allow everything to be taken away – even health and wealth – and we can trust Him.” (Pastor Stevens) He wants us totally dependent upon Him – from the heart. This lifestyle is not just for the Amy Carmichaels, the Hudson Taylors, the Fanny Crosbys, the Adoniram Judsons, but for all of us. He created us for Himself, and He wants us to so trust Him that we will declare with Job, “Though He slay me, yet will I trust in Him.” (Job 13:15b) We were created to trust Him and be dependent upon Him. This gives Him pleasure (Rev.4:11), brings glory to Him (Isa.43:7), and destroys the works of the devil, because Christ is manifested (I John 3:8). Therefore, let’s leave all reservations regarding His reliability at the Cross, and decide once and for all to trust him with all our heart. Only then will we – and others – see resurrection power manifested as the River of Life begins to flow from God through us to others. Result: FRUIT, for the glory of God!
“God is faithful to His Word … and He can be trusted.”
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Now, when trials and temptations come, we are prepared to give God occasion and reason to boast about us, because with all our heart we are depending totally on Him. “When God tests us, He is revealing His vote of confidence in us to glorify Him, because we trust Him.” (Pastor John Love) How can we not trust our Almighty, All-loving God when He Himself suffered in every way possible like as we do (Hebrews 2:18; 4:15,16)? And how can we call into question the credibility of a God Who graces us with promises of His faithfulness to be and provide all we need? ” … God is faithful [to His Word and to His compassionate Nature], and He [can be trusted ] not to let you be tempted and tried … beyond your ability and strength of resistance and power to endure, but with the temptation he will [always] also provide the way out (the means of escape to a landing place), that you may be capable and strong and powerful to bear up under it patiently.” (I Cor.10:13b, Amplified)
Let’s give no place of dis-trust of God to the devil!
Let’s let our trust in Him be seamless, by faith. He will work in us and bring us to the place of absolute trust, as He did Noah, Abraham, Moses, David, and Paul (Phil.2:13). He will unite our heart to trust Him (Psalm 86:11). Instead of giving the devil a place in our lives by withholding total trust in our trustworthy God, let’s fix our hearts, set our faces like a flint , and fasten our eyes singly on Him; let’s keep our minds stayed on Him and our affections fixed on Him, until we are indeed totally Him! To such as live like this, there shall be stability in their times and “an abundance of salvation, wisdom, and knowledge”, and this reverent, worshipful trust in Him is their treasure and His. (Isaiah 33:6)