Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Proverbs 3:5-6 KJV
This is one of those verses that I personally love. It’s a verse that I learnt from primary school. I loved the flow of the words, and over the years, I learnt to love and treasure the meaning behind those words.
Trust signifies the “belief that someone or something is reliable, good, honest, and/ effective” (Merriam-Webster). As used in Proverbs 3:5, trust means “properly to hie (to cause oneself to go quickly) for refuge” and “figuratively to trust, be confident or sure: – be bold (confident, secure, sure)” (Strong’s Concordance).
Therefore, the words, “I will trust him”, indicates that we are making the conscious decision to quickly seek God as our refuge and boldly (without fear) putting our confidence in this reliable, honest, and faithful being.
I will trust him.
Many view trusting God as this “process” that you have to go through. And while our trust in God will definitely mature as we go through the tests and trials, the act of starting to trust Jehovah is not a process. It’s a decision.
It’s a decision as easy as making as it is easy to make a decision to “eat breakfast” or “ visit a friend”. Whether you believe it or not, making the decision is that simple.
Babies don’t make a decision to trust their parents, it’s something that comes naturally to them. The problem we Christians face, is that as spiritual babies, we have decided that trusting God is optional; something that he must prove to us that he’s worthy of receiving.
This is the same God who forgives us and washes away our sins without requiring that we “earn” his forgiveness. Yet when we say and demonstrate that we don’t trust God and say that it’s not easy to trust him, we’re basically telling our Redeemer that he has to prove to us that he’s reliable, good, honest, and faithful before we can run quickly to him for refuge.
I admit that trusting a God that’s high above us, in heaven, is a little challenging. But let’s go back to the comparison of babies and their parents. Babies naturally trust their parents because since conception, they’ve been continually building a relationship with their parents.
Since your rebirth, have you just been going to church and absent-mindedly reading the bible and praying to this heavenly figure (which is equivalent to a baby being raised in foster care)? Or have you been building a meaningful relationship with Jehovah (equivalent to being raised in a loving family)?
If we work constantly and consistently on building a relationship with Jehovah, then trusting him will not be as difficult as we think it is. If we focus on bonding with our Father, rather than with this being who is way up in heaven, trusting him will come naturally to us.
- Do you trust God?
- Is trusting him challenging?
- What’s your relationship really like with him?
- Is he your spiritual father or your foster father?
I want to encourage us all, let’s build a meaningful relationship with God, that goes further than surface actions, and then we’ll see that making the decision to trust him will be as easy as it is to say, “I will trust him”.
Trust in the Lord – run quickly, without hesitation, to him for refuge, and boldly (without wavering) put all your confidence in him with all your heart, leaning not to your own understanding but relying totally on him and in all your ways be secure in him and he will guide you.
Will you make the decision to trust him?
Father, for far too long I’ve viewed you as just the supernatural being above. Help me to see you as the Father you are to me. Help me to draw closer to you so that when it’s time to trust you, i will run to you without hesitation and put my confidence in you. Amen.