How To Trust In The Lord

How To Trust In The Lord

It’s one thing to say “I trust in the Lord” and it’s another thing to actually trust in the Lord. The book of Proverbs tells us to “trust in the Lord with all thine heart, lean not to thine own understanding, in all thy ways acknowledge him and he shall direct thy paths.”

I was having a conversation with my wife today about trusting in the Lord. In the middle of the conversation I got stuck in my head as I was mulling over the consequences of trusting in the Lord. If we trust that the Lord will direct our paths, which he will, are we willing to follow the path?

Often I have heard Christians say “thy will be done” but what if his will is for you or me to change something about us?

Hopefully we add to our prayers a heart felt statement of “thy will be done.” Often this statement follows a request on our part. “Please bless me to pass this test. Thy will be done.” Or it could be “please bless me to get this new job. They will be done.”

If we pass the test or get the job, great. If not, there may be a reason. It might be the Lords will or it might be that we did not study hard enough too past the test. It might be that getting the job entails situations that are not good for us that we don’t know about.

how_to_trust_in_the_lordThose situations are easy to accept. But what if part of “thy will be done” means we need to change, or we need to move out of our comfort zone?

If we want to hike to the top of a seven thousand-foot mountain and we trust that the Lord that he will help us and he directs our path to a gym with a great collection of treadmills, stair steppers and rock climbing equipment and we just look around and walk out the door. Three months later we are two thousand feet up the mountain and he can’t go on. We are too exhausted.

We wonder why the Lord is not directing our path up the mountain. We trusted in him to bless us to make the summit. But we didn’t. How come?

The Lord needed us to change the path we were on which was not getting in shape for the climb. We were directed to a gym with excellent equipment and we didn’t take advantage of a new path or direction of getting in shape. If we had spent the last three months working out then the Lord’s path would have lead us to the top of the seven thousand foot mountain.

It’s one thing to trust in the Lord or to say “they will be done” but it’s another thing to follow the path the Lord wants us to take. Are we up for it?

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The book of Proverbs found in the Old Testament of the Holy Bible are wise statements of truth. They give understanding in the application of biblical teachings to our lives. The over riding theme of the many proverbs is wisdom. There are indeed other common threads found in Proverbs but in almost every chapter something is said about wisdom or getting understanding etc.

The wisdom of the Proverbs for this article is found in Proverbs 3:5-6. This may be one of the most popular passages found in the Proverbs. Here it is:

“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.  In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” (Proverbs 3:5-6)

Trust In The Lord With All Thine Heart...

Trust In The Lord With All Thine Heart…

Before we can trust in The Lord we need to have faith in Him.  Faith is believing in something that is true that you cannot see.  How can you trust someone who you do not believe in? So faith is required to implement this wise statement of truth.  Not only must you trust in The Lord but you must do it with all your heart. In the scriptures the term “heart” often represents your whole soul or all your energy.  So we must trust in The Lord with everything we have.

We must NOT lean to our own understanding. In other words we must not expect answers to prayers in a very specific way. In most cases, we must expect the answer to be what The Lord, in His infinite knowledge and wisdom wants for us at that particular time.  Often He will answer our prayers the way we want but at a different level than we expect.  So we need to remember not to lean unto our own understanding but trust that The Savior will provide what is best.

Not only must we trust in Jesus but in all our ways, or in all aspects of our life, we must show gratitude for all that He has done for us.  We should not fail to see the simple as well as the grand blessings we have been given by our Master. Just as the sun rises everyday doesn’t mean we will.  Just having another day on this earth to serve The Lord is a great blessing. In all our way show gratitude for all our blessings.

Now here comes the best part of the passage. “He shall direct thy paths.” How eternally wonderful is this? He will direct our paths. With Christ at the helm of our lives how can we go astray? To have Jehovah in our lives is as simple as these virtues: Trust, Disregard our own understanding in favor of His and Be grateful. So here is the mathematical formula to receiving blessings from our Redeemer:  Faith + Trust + His will + Gratitude = Blessings.

With The Lord on our side how can we fail? The wisdom of the Proverbs is a grand blessing for us. Search that ye may find and apply to your every day life.

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