Trust In The Lord And Wait Patiently For 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 has been a frequent theme in the news recently. Can the media be trusted? Can cabinet members be trusted to tell the truth to their superiors? Who can be trusted to speak the truth, live the truth and discern the truth?
Trust is such a fundamental basis for a sound relationship between individuals and groups. Husbands and wives must trust one another in order to be open and vulnerable with each other and be confident that they are safe, protected and loved. The same, at some degree, is true for children and parents, for friends and neighbors and particularly for best friends and confidants.
Without trust, relationships are at best shallow and at worse antagonistic. Moreover, trust once breached is almost impossible to restore because it cuts to the very core of what makes for a sense of safety in community and a sense of peace and well-being between people who hold shared values, shared morals, shared faith, shared goals, shared affections and passions.
Trust is the sinew, the glue, the muscle and tendons that holds the loving relationships of people together in a productive, mutually enriching and fulfilling whole. We need one another. We need the love and affection of people, we need the encouragement, the empathy, the honest counsel and objective correction of those that love us in order to avoid problems and pitfalls that we sometimes can’t see. We need to know that someone has our back. We cannot navigate this life alone.
As much as we are created in the image and likeness of God, He also said it was not good that man should be alone. God is not alone. He is three persons in One, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. They are in perfect love and communion with one another, perfectly complimenting one another and perfectly related in power, purpose and function.
The Father reveals and glorifies the Son and the Spirit. The Son reveals and glorifies the Father and the Spirit. The Spirit reveals and glorifies the Father and the Son. There is no disagreement between them and there is no separation between them by time or space or motive. They are one in Love and in Trust.
Now we are called to. “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
The trust in the Lord that does not depend on our understanding, is trust based on love that is sure and unwavering because God can be trusted without question.
“God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?” Numbers 23:19
He will never breach the trust that we have in Him. He will never disappoint our hope in Him. He will never fail to fulfill His promises to us.
“And, behold, this day I am going the way of all the earth: and ye know in all your hearts and in all your souls, that not one thing hath failed of all the good things which the Lord your God spake concerning you; all are come to pass unto you, and not one thing hath failed thereof.” Joshua 23:14
“Blessed be the Lord, that hath given rest unto his people Israel, according to all that he promised: there hath not failed one word of all his good promise, which he promised by the hand of Moses his servant.” 1 Kings 8:56
Our trust in the Father is sure and steadfast. His Word is sure and we can fix the anchor of our hope and our faith firmly to it, assured that it will not fail. Love will not fail. God is love. Therefore, God will not fail.
“Is this not the fast which I choose, to loosen the bonds of wickedness, to undo the bands of the yoke, and to let the oppressed go free and break every yoke? “Is it not to divide your bread with the hungry and bring the homeless poor into the house; when you see the naked, to cover him; and not to hide yourself from your own flesh? “Then your light will break out like the dawn, and your recovery will speedily spring forth; and your righteousness will go before you; the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard.” Isaiah 58:6-8
Your “rear guard” means God has got your back. He is looking out for you on all sides. Our trust in Him is the sure and steady foundation of our faith in Him.
How Firm A Foundation
How firm a foundation, ye saints of the Lord,
Is laid for your faith in His excellent word!
What more can He say than to you He hath said—
To you who for refuge to Jesus have fled?
“Fear not, I am with thee, oh, be not dismayed,
For I am thy God, and will still give thee aid;
I’ll strengthen thee, help thee, and cause thee to stand,
Upheld by My gracious, omnipotent hand."
“When through the deep waters I call thee to go,
The rivers of sorrow shall not overflow;
For I will be with thee thy trouble to bless,
And sanctify to thee thy deepest distress."
“When through fiery trials thy pathway shall lie,
My grace, all-sufficient, shall be thy supply;
The flame shall not harm thee; I only design
Thy dross to consume and thy gold to refine"
“The soul that on Jesus doth lean for repose,
I will not, I will not, desert to his foes;
That soul, though all hell should endeavor to shake,
I’ll never, no never, no never forsake.”