Herald Journal Columns
Jan. 19, 2004 Herald Journal
Pastor's Column

Seek the Lord in all things - it's a matter of trust

By Rev. Derek Forseth, Blessed Hope Church, Howard Lake

Trust is a concept that many in our society have become almost numb to.

When someone says "trust me," it often leads to distrust. I'll admit that often, when I hear those two words, my reaction is to question the motive of the source.

Unfortunately, we have all had our trust violated in some manner, and our personal experiences leave us feeling too vulnerable to continue trusting others.

Maybe your trust was violated by a relative, co-worker, employer, or trusted leader. One of my most recent incidents involving trust occurred with a salesperson.

My wife and I had inquired about a certain product that seemed to have all the answers for our household needs. Normally, I wouldn't consider us a gullible pair, but the oral presentation of the product was thorough and flawless.

By the time the choreographed demonstration of the product was completed, we were hooked. We wondered if the price was within the parameters of our budget, but rashly decided that the cost was outweighed by the promises of the salesperson. After all, this product did everything except walk the dog and cook dinner!

You probably know the rest of the story. We soon realized that you needed an engineering degree to properly utilize the product.

Of course, the salesperson was impossible to reach when we had problems or questions. The very thing that was supposed to make our life easier soon became a source of irritation.

After awhile, it became a joke between my wife and me as to who was to blame for buying this "wonderful" household product. We found it even less amusing to write out the monthly check for something we no longer had use for.

You might think that I am trying to encourage cynicism and distrust. That is not the case.

Scripture warns us to not place our ultimate trust in things, others, or even our own knowledge. In hindsight, in a humorous way, I was guilty of placing my trust in all three.

There have been many examples in my life where material things, others and my own knowledge have been proven trustworthy. Yes, our ultimate trust needs to be placed on God.

Proverbs 3:5-6 says, "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight."

Trusting is the opposite of doubting, and it is the basis of our relationship with a God who is trustworthy. Just as a young child trusts his/her parents, we can trust our heavenly father.

We can trust Him for guidance, for grace and to keep His promises. Even when things get difficult, we can commit our ways to Him and He will work on our behalf.

This passage also reminds us not to lean on our own judgment or understanding, which is limited, imperfect, and often prone to error. As we are led by the word of God and the Holy Spirit, we are encouraged to look to God for His wisdom and His desires in all of our decisions and goals in life.

Last of all, we need to acknowledge God and His will in all of our plans and decisions. When we look to God daily for direction, He promises to make our paths straight. He does this by directing us to His goals for our lives, by removing obstacles, and helping us to make right choices.

We can spare ourselves a lot of heartache and pain if we heed the wisdom of Proverbs 3:5-6. Before your place your full trust in something, someone, or your own understanding, seek the only one who is completely trustworthy. His wisdom is available to all who ask.

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