we trust in the Lord with all our heart?
What does that mean? Trust—what does
it mean to "trust" someone? Do we
"trust" God differently than we trust
I really didn't think I had an issue with
trusting people or God. Then it
happened—I was put in a situation were my
trust was tested. I found out that I
didn't really trust. In fact, my mind
and heart was cut right open! How
could that be? After all, I have been
a minister for 20 years, at that time.
I surely didn't have issues with trusting
people, or God, did I?
Self-deception is the highest form of
deception, because we allow it ourselves.
I couldn't blame anyone else on what was
revealed to me that day.
I was at an advanced leadership training and
we were put in a situation where we were to
tell people whether or not we trusted them,
just by looking into their faces. I
had not known these people for more than 10
minutes! Now, I had to say "I trust
you, or I don't trust you!" It was
fun, so I thought. It was a game, and
I enjoy games. It was easy, I could
for the most part say, "I trust you."
In fact, I don't think there was anyone I
said, "I don't trust you" too.
Then, it happened. We had to do it
again. This time there was money and
our children's lives at stake. We had to go
back and tell them whether we trusted them
with our money and the well being of our
family. Well, I couldn't say that I
trusted very many people. I can
remember one man, I looked into his eyes and
when I said, "I don't trust you", I
could see he was crushed. Wow! I
felt it inside!
It was five days of joy and torment! I
loved what was happening and I hated it. I
loved having myself be set free from the
junk of self-deception, but I hated being
exposed! I learned during that week
that we must learn to trust people. We
are living on this planet together and have
to work as a TEAM! I wasn't working up
to that point as a team. I thought I
was, but, it was all about me. I was
the one running the show. I didn't
need anyone else!
When you are hanging from a wire in the air,
50 feet or more above the ground and you
have someone else's life to look out for,
you suddenly understand what teamwork is all
about! Obviously, this was a situation
that I chose to put myself in, but in life
we have lots of opportunities to develop or
to test what we are trusting in. Like
someone once said, "You don't know
what a person is made out of until they are
under pressure, then whatever is in the
inside comes out!"
Trusting God. Where was I located on
that? Well, I have always thought I
trusted God. After all I was a
minister, isn't that our job! I have
come to realize that if I can't trust
people, I can't trust God. I thought I
trusted the Lord, but my actions spoke
louder than my words! I was trying to
change my husband. I was trying to run
things on my own. I wasn't trusting
God. I was the queen of BEING IN
Fast forward to today. I'm not perfect
and have to stop being such a perfectionist.
I'm learning to rest in the Lord and rest in
what He says. My struggles are not
with Him. My struggles are within.
I'm learning to rest in the Lord. I know
that the Lord loves me and has forgiven me.
What trust does is rest, not try to work to
GET HIS LOVE.
I have some favorite verses are in Proverbs
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and
lean not to your own understanding. In
all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall
direct your paths. Do not be wise in
your own eyes, fear the Lord and depart from
evil. It will be health to your flesh
and strength to your bones."
I love these verses because they not only
promise me lots of good things like
direction, health and strength, but He is
teaching me to not depend on what I think.
I don't need to know it all or be in control
of everything! He knows what's best
for me. What's best for me according
to the Lord, is to TRUST and REST in Him.
Jesus is our rest.
John 3:16 tells us that "God so loved the
world that He gave His Only begotten Son
that whoever believes in Him shall not
perish, but have everlasting life."
When we put our faith and trust in God
through faith in Jesus Christ we can have
eternal life! Jesus is the One who
took the punishment for all our sins on the
Cross 2000 years ago, and was raised from
the dead. When we put our faith and
trust in what Jesus did for us and receive
Him as our Lord and Savior, the Bible says,
we are "born-again". We become a new
person and all our sins are forgiven and we
can now come into the presence of God
without the sense of guilt and shame.
We are now able to fellowship with the Lord
Trust in the Lord - you'll experience a new
dimension in your life!
Something to ponder...Until next time...