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5Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. 6In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. 7Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord, and turn away from evil. 8It will be healing to your flesh and refreshment to your bones. – Proverbs 3:5-8
On most days, if you spend time with me, at some point you will hear me say, “I trust the Lord in everything.” Now, when I say this, I’m not trying to impress anyone else or even expect that anyone else will necessarily notice. I’m talking to myself. I’m reminding myself that part of loving God with all my heart, soul, mind, and strength gets down to the very practical matter of trusting Him constantly, continuously, and consciously. Like, every day, all day. I’m practicing the discipline required to not lean on my own understanding and to actively acknowledge the Lord in all my ways. There isn’t anything that fits outside of everything, and I want to trust the Lord in everything!
Now, the opening phrase of Proverbs 3:5 is “Trust in the Lord.” The most important word in that phrase is not trust (even though it’s the verb). Likewise, the most important word in my daily phrase, “I trust the Lord in everything,” isn’t trust either. The crucial, weighty word in both those phrases is Lord. You see, if I’m trying to have a robust and powerful trust in a tiny, pretty much unable and weak God who needs to be pumped up by my trust, I’ve got nothing. But even if the best I can muster up is a mustard seed of trust and faith in the awesome (the only truly correct use for this adjective) God of the universe, then I’ve got something going on!
Trusting the Lord isn’t hard as long as you are scoped into the Lord you trust. When the concern shifts to trying to measure the power, strength, or endurance of your trust itself, you’re already in trouble. But when your attention is daily turned to Him, seeking to know Him better and better, eager to worship Him and be with others who want to worship Him, trusting becomes part of the response.
I love my grandchildren. They trust me. They don’t waste any time wondering if their trust in me is big enough—they just trust because they know me. I’m their grandpa! I trust the Lord in everything. I know that trust isn’t much on its own some days. But that’s OK—because I’m trusting the Lord in everything. And that’s who really matters!—James MacDonald
Prayer – Father, I trust You in everything! Help me in those times when I notice just how weak and insignificant my trust is! I welcome You into every corner of my life, Lord, so that no matter where I am and what I am doing, behind it all I am trusting You in everything. For You alone are worthy of my trust. In Jesus’ trustworthy name, Amen.
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