It’s a matter of trust

April 14, 2008

by Pastor Al Jones, New Life Assembly of God Church, Cokato

Do I trust Him? It’s a question that we may need to ask ourselves from time to time.

The world we live in, as we know all too well, is one of uncertainty. It becomes difficult to put our trust in someone or something else. Whether it’s our physical, financial, emotional, or spiritual health that is at issue, there is very little comfort in the day we live.

A good definition of trust could be rendered this way, “To believe or have confidence in something or someone beyond our own understanding.”

We have all done it. We may not fully understand what makes a car operate, but we trust it to get us to the places we need to go. We may not understand all the workings of our bodies, put we put our trust in medicine, and the doctors who have studied it, to help us stay healthy.

Even as a child, you may have stood on a dock or the edge of a pool, and have had to put your trust in your dad to catch you as you mustered up the courage to jump.

God puts the issue of trust in Him very simply within a familiar portion of Proverbs. Chapter 3, verses 5 and 6 read this way: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.”

Notice that the word “all” appears twice in this scripture. It’s important to note that before we can trust Him in all our ways, we need to make our heart the first priority. It becomes difficult to trust in God when we haven’t given our hearts totally to Him. Once our heart trusts in the Lord, it puts all other things in perspective.

In the gospels, Jesus also addresses the area of trust. He says in Matthew, chapter 6 that even nature, itself, is provided for by God, Himself. If we learn from His example, it’s clear that there is no part of our lives that God is not interested in. He values each of us as someone precious.

Jesus finishes this passage by saying, in verse 33, “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.”

Trust in man is limited by man, himself. Trust in the Lord, however, leaves open the possibilities of the God who created the universe and all that is in it.

Where would you rather put your trust?