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Trust in the Lord

Trust in the Lord with all your heart… (Proverbs 3:5)

To trust the Lord means to rely on Him, to believe in Him and who He is.

It is to place your confidence in Him, believing in His goodness and His character.

It is to depend on Him and His wisdom when making the guiding decisions of your life.

Jesus wants us to have the same trusting relationship with God that a child has with a parent. In Luke 18 we read the story of the people bringing their children to Jesus, asking that he place His hands on them and bless them. Jesus’ disciples tried to stop this, rebuking the parents for imposing on Jesus in this way.

But Jesus called the children to him and said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” (Luke 18:16,17)

You receive the kingdom of God like a little child – completely dependent, completely trusting. This is the attitude God wants you to maintain throughout your life. No matter how old you are, or how long you’ve been a follower of Christ, you are always to be as a little child – always dependent, always trusting.

You begin learning how to trust God at the moment of salvation. You begin to trust God when you acknowledge that His free gift of grace is your only hope for salvation. You understand that your sin keeps you from Him and that no amount of work or right living can change this. Your only hope is to trust in the saving work of Christ on the cross. So your journey of trust begins. And to walk God’s straight path, you continue to trust Him, not just for your eternity, but for every moment of every day.

The need for God’s people to trust Him is shown many times in the story of the children of Israel and their journey from Egypt to the Promised Land. The people had to rely on God for deliverance at the Red Sea, for food and water on the journey, and for direction as they traveled. Several times God tested them to see if they would trust Him. He will test you as well.

In Joshua 3 God tells Joshua that it is time to cross the Jordan River and begin to take possession of the Promised Land. It was the fulfillment of the promise first made to Abraham over 400 years earlier, and it began with instructions on how to follow God into the land:

“When you see the ark of the covenant of the Lord your God, and the priests, the Levites, bearing it, then you shall set out from your place and go after it. Yet there shall be a space between you and it, about two thousand cubits by measure. Do not come near it, that you may know the way by which you must go, for you have not passed this way before.” (Joshua 3:3,4)

The Ark of the Covenant represented the presence of God among the children of Israel. Keeping their eyes focused on the Ark and following it faithfully kept the people on God’s intended path into the Promised Land. Keeping your heart focused on God and trusting Him faithfully will keep you on God’s intended path for your life.

The end of verse 4 has a reminder that is good for us all to remember: “You have not passed this way before.” None of us has passed this way before. If we intend to walk God’s path, it will take us places we can’t imagine, and would never find on our own. You and I don’t know the way to the life God has planned for us. If you want to keep to His path, you must trust Him with your whole heart.

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