Today I am seeking to know and understand what it is to trust the Lord and to put one's trust in Him.
I started my search by consulting Oxford's online dictionary hoping that a better understanding of the word's meaning would improve my ability to grasp the concepts behind it. I found several descriptions of the word to be helpful:
1) firm belief in the reliability, truth, ability, or strength of someone or something
2) to commit (someone or something) to the safekeeping of
3) to place reliance on
With these three descriptions in mind I began to ask myself questions:
Based on description #1: Is God and what He says reliable and truthful and does He possess the strength to support His claims?
Based on description #2: Would God prove faithful in His usage of that which I place in His safekeeping?
Based on description #3: Is He dependable enough for me to place all my reliance on Him?
Firstly I must decide in my mind whether or not I believe in God’s existence at all.
And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.
You see, if there is no God, there is no vessel in which my trust can be placed. For something to be given or bestowed there must be a recipient. So does God exist and how do I know this to be true?
For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.
Looking up at the walls around me I find clear evidence that at one time someone built the dwelling that I find myself in; in fact, every building must have a builder; to think otherwise would be to declare myself a profound fool. Outside of the walls around me I’d find a vast world to explore bearing evidence in itself that at one time something had to have happened that caused it to come into being. Having studied enough of the sciences to understand that “nothing” can never beget “something” and enough mathematics to know that “zero” plus “zero” can never equate into anything other than such, if find it impossible to fathom that all of Creation came about sans Creator. My unbelief vanishes every time I look out the window and even that I have to ability to direct my gaze and ponder over the evidence around me is proof enough of the existence of God.
Having firmly resolved to myself that “He Who Is” is Himself, I now have the vessel by which I have the option of placing trust.
Now, if God is the maker of all that exists, He certainly possesses the power to support anything He says. Furthermore, someone who has such great power would have no reason at all to be untruthful in anything He says, the whole point of deception being to gain some sort of personal advantage. By nature, God being God gives Him every advantage!
a faith and knowledge resting on the hope of eternal life, which God, who does not lie, promised before the beginning of time,
So I’ve learned now that everything spoken by God can be trusted based on His tremendous power. The fact that I’m currently alive leads me to believe that God has no malicious intent towards me because if He did, what moment would be waiting for to give Himself an advantage in my destruction? He already has it and always has! He could have wiped me off the planet and cast me in Hell the first moment I displeased Him and would be perfectly justified in doing so since He made me! What creature can be justified by grieving its Creator?
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Still, with all my shortcomings and failures, somehow God has plans to “prosper” me and “not to harm” me. What other motive could He have for this besides love?
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
So I see now that God, who doesn’t lie, has said that He loves me and that He’s got good plans for me! Based on this catharsis, I must know that everything He tells me to do (and not to do) must somehow work for my benefit.
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
God, Who says He loves us, is working out the characteristics that typify what love is!
1 Corinthians 13:4-7
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
So what should I trust God with? Why not everything!? I’ve nothing to loose in so doing because we’ve already learned that He loves us! Why would anyone harm or mislead someone they truly love? Why wouldn’t all put all my trust in God?
Those who know your name will trust in you,
for you, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek you.
Many are the woes of the wicked,
but the LORD’s unfailing love
surrounds the man who trusts in him.
Surely God is my salvation;
I will trust and not be afraid.
The LORD, the LORD, is my strength and my song;
he has become my salvation.”
In that day they will say,
“Surely this is our God;
we trusted in him, and he saved us.
This is the LORD, we trusted in him;
let us rejoice and be glad in his salvation.”
This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.
1 John 1:9
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.
Please consider this with me.