Trust Is a Choice

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” (Proverb 3:5-6).

All your heart.  All your ways.  God is asking us to completely trust Him.

Well, I have faith, you might say. After all, faith is what moves us emotionally and mentally, and gives us strength.

But God is pushing a little harder here.

What do you do with your faith?  How do you take it out of head knowledge and belief into living it? 

TRUST.

Trust is not a passive word.  It is a choice, a decision, a way of living and looking to the Lord for everything—which leads to obedience.

If you trust Him, then you are able to obey Him.  Abraham could not have followed God’s call to leave his home, without trust.  Jesus endured the pain and agony of the Cross and of being separated from God because He trusted His Father.

Obedience is where the power of God is realized and unleashed in our lives.  But not legalistic, blind obedience.  Obedience born of TRUST in a faithful and loving God.

Trust can be a noun but I’m thinking of its definition as a verb:  “To believe in the reliability, truth, ability, or strength of.”

I study several translations of the Bible and one of my favorites is the Complete Jewish Bible.  I discovered that often, where other translations use faith or belief, the Jewish Bible translates that same word as trust.  Romans 10:17 in the NKJV says, “faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”  The Jewish Bible translates, “So trust come from what is heard…”

Everything I know to be true, every action, every promise, every choice I make is based on trusting the God I know and worship.  Only then I can be confident that I can let go of anxiety, fear, and confusion.

“For God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power and love and a sound mind”  (2 Timothy 1:7).

I can trust Him to be true, and to know I am in His will, and that my life will be fruitful in His hands.

DEVOTIONALSRay Bentley