“Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding” (Prov. 3:5). Applying this verse is sometimes extremely difficult. The pressures and anxieties of life can lead us to trust in worldly wisdom rather than in our all-knowing God. However, real peace and strength are only found when we place our confidence in Him (Psa. 32:1; 125:1). We should trust the Lord:

IN EVERYTHING. “In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths” (Prov. 3:6). Many people seem to revel in their independence; they view themselves as being self-sufficient, and have little or no room for God in their life (Rev. 3:17). But nothing could be farther from the truth! Trusting the Lord in everything shows our realization of our own insufficiency (Jas. 4:10), and our desperate need for God’s help. “And the LORD shall help them…Because they trust in Him.” (Psa. 37:40).

FOR EVERYTHING. “Commit your way to the LORD, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass” (Psa. 37:5). Every good and perfect gift comes from the Heavenly Father (Jas. 1:17). It is easy for us to think that everything we have was attained solely through our own efforts, but this is simply not so. It is through God that we live and move, and have our very being (Acts 17:28).

WITH EVERYTHING. “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matt. 6:21). Some people cling to their possessions or pride as though they were going to have them forever. The folly of this thinking will sadly carry over into eternity. To the faithful child of God, the Father must come first (Matt. 6:33; Luke 14:25-33). When we trust in God with our all, then we have our priorities set properly.

THROUGH EVERYTHING. “For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory” (2 Cor. 4:17). We need to trust in Him even in the midst of trials and sufferings, for although we may not understand the purpose of those difficulties, we still can live righteously before God and glorify Him. “The LORD redeems the soul of His servants, and none of those who trust in Him shall be condemned” (Psa. 34:22).

May we truly be able to say, “In God We Trust!”

Mike Vestal
via Broadway church of Christ
Campbellsville, KY

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