5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart; and lean not on your own understanding. 6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths.
As we go through life we find people that we can trust or want to trust. It becomes easy to put our trust in them but yet, no matter how trustworthy someone may be, they will still fail us. There is no one who is without sin or ever was or ever will be except the Lord Jesus Christ. He alone was perfect as a man and He alone is the trustworthy One. The Bible tells us on whom we need to trust and that is the Lord. His Word is truly trustworthy above and beyond anything. If we rely on sinful human beings to fill that void then we will be let down. In fact, it’s easier to rely on someone we see than the One who orders all of the universe and Whom we can’t see. As we go through life learning to trust Him in every situation, we realize more and more how important it is but this does not make it any easier. I must look to the Saviour in all things and be willing to go to Him. We can’t make Him a genii in a box and just go to Him when we want something. He is not there to be used.
Just as we wouldn’t go to a friend only when we want something, so we shouldn’t do that to our Lord. Friends talk and share things with each other, friends tell each other the truth and seek to do what is right, friends give of themselves to each other, and friends are willing to be there for each other. On the other hand, the Lord is always trustworthy and always there regardless of what we do. He will tell you the truth through His Word and even go so far as to discipline you (if you are a true believer) when you don’t obey as any true loving parent would. He uses many things to get your attention starting with bringing conviction to your heart first. Yet, He urges you, in love, to do what is right on numerous occasions at the beginning.
As we learn to trust the Lord, so we find out that He is trustworthy (which doesn’t mean we always get our own way). He gives us peace to know that He is doing what is right and good for those who love Him and are called according to His purposes (Rom 8:28). He guides our steps and puts things in front of us that are for our good or takes away things that aren’t helpful to us. The reality is when we become more mature as a believer, we begin to realize the things we wanted so badly were not for our good. The Lord then gives us something in place of it that is even better than what we desired.
So, trust gets to a point where we realize, whether we get our way or not, the Lord is in control and we must obey Him…regardless! Is this easy to do? NO! Absolutely not. There are times I have to be reminded over and over again, throughout the day, that the Lord is in control and will work all things out for His honor and glory as well as for my good. May we remember to trust the Lord that whatever situation we are in is still under His control whatever happens in the midst of it!