“Trust in the Lord”, I’m sure you’ve heard it a million times. Issues arise, IRS audits, financial issues, teenage children issues. You go to church, and you talk to your small group about it, and they say “Trust in the Lord, don’t worry, Trust in the Lord”. Don’t you get tired of hearing the same old thing. You open your bible to Proverbs 3:5-6, and what do you get? “”Trust in the Lord with all of your heart, Lean not on your own understanding, acknowledge Him in all your ways, and He will straighten your path”. How about this one… Psalm 55:22, “Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall”.
I used to be a part of men’s group that would meet once a week early morning, and when I would try and speak to the Leader, I would get “You have a problem with trust Dean, why can’t you just learn to trust Him. Look at Proverbs, and Psalm” etc. etc. I look back on that and wondered if compassion and encouragement in their walk with Christ was at ALL there. We are called to lift our brothers and sisters in prayer during times of trouble and times of crises, and when trust in the Lord is a difficult thing.
Let me put all of this to rest. Trusting God is not at all easy. I mean, if we all did it with superb accuracy you probably wouldn’t have to come to a blog like this just to find out about TRUST!
Let’s look at HOW TO TRUST God. How do we learn to TRUST in what we can’t see, touch feel, or, for some of us, can’t physically hear. Trust, the word that can go 100 different directions, and without trust in God, you’re heading down a path of WHO KNOWS, what kind of issues. I can only feel bad for you.
I want to paint a picture, a picture of trust. I’m sitting on the beach with my 3 year old daughter, and the waves are splashing away. We are looking out at the ocean, relaxing and enjoying the family time. I look over at her as we are watching the waves, and I say “Hey Sweetie, what do you say we go and jump some waves together? Daddy will hold you”.Well, I got a blank stare and a cry because she was not going anywhere near the water. I said “Daddy is with you, Daddy will hold you, c’mon let’s go and jump some waves together. The answer was a flat out ‘NO, I’m afraid daddy’
Now, getting this picture in your head, you have a crying little girl who WANTS to trust daddy, but is wondering what would happen if she just let him carry her in the waves, even if the waves are high and low, and rough and bad, and they tumble. Will he let me go? That’s what’s going through her mind… even at 3 years old. So… Our trust issues start awfully young don’t they? So… what am I getting to? Where are you taking me Dean? Great Question! I want to show you what was going through MY MIND… Not hers because think about what would be going through your mind if your
daughter/granddaughter/grandchild whatever says the same thing to you? I’m sitting there feeling really bad. I’m thinking to myself “she doesn’t trust that I will take care of her” “She doesn’t realize that I won’t let ANYTHING at all Happen to her” She doesn’t realize that I wouldn’t take her out into a rip tide. I would keep her safe! I just want to be with her, I want her to show me that she loves me by spending that time with me trusting me in the waves! WOW! Now… you see… I think it’s much easier to begin to trust when you actually see it all from God’s Perspective. Now to top all of this off… We can TRUST GOD more than our very own Children can TRUST US! But that’s another lesson
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