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Monday, November 7, 2011

Trust in the Lord

Proverbs 3:5-6
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart And do not lean on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight.”
What does it mean to Trust in the Lord?

“Trust is the characteristic Old Testament word for the New Testament “faith”, “believe”.  It occurs 152 times in the OT, and is the rendering of Hebrew words signifying to take refuge. (Scofield Notes)
  •      Psalm 56:3 “When I am afraid, I will put my trust in You”
  •     Ruth 2:12 “May the Lord reward your work, and your wages be full from the Lord, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to seek refuge
  •      Psalm 22:8He trusts in the Lord; let him deliver him; let him rescue him, for he delights in him!”
  •  Psalm 37:4-7 “Delight yourself in the Lord; And He will give you the desires of your heart.  Commit your way to the Lord, Trust also in Him, and He will do it.  He will bring forth your righteousness as the light And your judgment as the noonday.  Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him; Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way, Because of the man who carries out wicked schemes.”
  •   Isaiah 50:10 “Who is among you that fears the Lord, That obeys the voice of His servant, That walks in darkness and has no light?  Let him trust in the name of the Lord and rely on his God.”
(only a few of the multitude of verses that command our trust and show the blessings that follow when we do trust in the Lord with all our heart’s, mind’s and souls)

Trusting in the Lord is not trusting in man’s self in his own heart which is deceitful or in his own works of righteousness which the Bible says are like filthy rags:
“Isaiah 64:6 All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags…”

Trusting in the Lord is not in a profession of religion or legalistic duties performed of it; but in the Lord, the object of all grace and in Him only.  Trusting in Him at all times.  In times of trial and affliction, in times of temptation and suffering.  His love, grace and mercy make Him deserving of this trust.  What He has done for us and others should move us to this trust.  He promises that all works of grace within us will be completed.  We must believe that He is able to do what He says He will.  Another way of saying to trust the Lord is saying to “commit” all your ways and your heart to the Lord. 

How to trust the Lord?
After looking at what it means to trust the Lord the next question many ask is how to trust the Lord?  We must, with an entire submission and satisfaction, depend upon Him to perform all the things He has promised and lean not on our own understanding.  
In all ways acknowledge God:  We must not only in our judgment believe in God but become His.  Our life is not our own.  We must seek His direction, ask His advise and not only when we are stuck in a situation that we feel desperate.  We must be in total submission and acknowledge God with thankfulness.  Those that put themselves under divine guidance shall always have the benefit of Godly wisdom. 

2nd Timothy 3:2-4 says: “For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good, treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God,”
This is definitely the trend in society, people are so all over the morality map, they have a hard time trusting anyone at all much less God.  People are so concerned about watching out about being wronged from the guy on the left that trust is a foreign concept.  However for Christians it must be different.  Regardless of your past, if you are a follower of Christ you know the truth.  To say you do not have the ability to trust God, must be a foreign concept.   Everyone has had difficult experiences some are harder then others but if you are truly born again then;
2nd Corinthians 5:17 Must apply to you “Therefore if anyone is in Christ he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come”
God wants to do something very special with this new creation but to fully be available for God to make this work happen you must first trust Him.  This is not something that comes easy to many Christians, letting anyone (even God) handle their life, it feels natural to want to be in control, but the longer one waits the longer they keep God from producing the long lasting fruit He truly desires. 

John Gills Exposition of the Bible
Mathew Henry's Commentary of the Whole Bible 
Scofield Notes

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