Trust

Posted: November 18, 2011 in Articles, Freedom, Religion
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(Psalm 37:3-5) Trust in the Lord and do good; so you will live in the land, and enjoy security. Take delight in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act. 

We all like to say “I trust in the Lord” but often times our actions and deeds prove otherwise. You know the type of trust that I’m talking about, the trust when you finally throw your hands up and TRULY give it and the situation that you’re in completely into God’s hands. Not the times where you say you trust Him but continue trying to make progress on your own merit while proclaiming that you’re trusting Him when you know in your heart that by your very actions that you’re not.
 
I’m not speaking of anything in condemnation, trust me, as I’ve often been unwittingly (sometimes wittingly) of not trusting Him myself. Total trust in something is not easy as it takes someone or something proven to be trustworthy to gain our confidence as it should when concerning anything in this realm.

Throughout our lives all of us have had people or things that we had to learn to trust be it family, friends, associates, businesses, employers, our children, our spouses, and heck, even our animals. While we often have to take time to learn to either trust or not trust the aforementioned in our lives this should never be an issue (but often is because of the scars of a life separated from God) when it concerns trusting in the God. 

God has proven Himself trustworthy if by nothing else in the very giving of His Son, Jesus, at the cross so that we could be reconciled to Him and attain life everlasting able to partake of an awesome eternity with a Holy God that loves and cherishes us.

God, over time, has also reminded me and wanted me to remind you that even during the times that I distrusted Him and wanted nothing to do with His love and grace that though I was acting foolishly by abandoning Him He still proved Himself trustworthy and loved me with a love that always endures.

Many of us can think back on times past and recall that even during the times that we were off course in our relationship with Him of how he protected us from evil that was trying to overtake and destroy us as well as ourselves and the situations that we put ourselves in. 

As I look back on my life, all the choices, all the decisions, all the opportunities, all the regrets, the successes, the failures there has only been one thing that has been constant even if I did not realize it until the last few years and that is that God has proven Himself trustworthy to me even though He had no reason to do so.

Who am I? I’m no one that He should have to prove Himself to. For years I was a scared and scarred, little mixed up boy who was pretending to be a big, tough man who trusted no one not even Himself and God has now taken all of that mistrust, pain, regret, loneliness and used it to not only touch and heal my life but now He’s able to use me and all of it to reach others.

People can look at me through my realness and know that I’m not playing when I say that God has changed me and they know by how I keep my faults before me for them and the world to see that I am constantly fighting phoniness every day.
 
I don’t do this to try to be super-spiritual or something (we have enough of those pretenders in the church), I do this to keep myself from becoming like so many I see that praise and shout “Hallelujah” on Sunday but “cuss and scream” during the rest of the week (no condemnation for those that lose it now and then as you’ll see as we continue).  

It’s not a problem if the person that loses it now and again while growing in Christ does so while being honest before the rest of us about where they are in the grace/mercy/knowledge that they are in Christ at that moment and are constantly trying to allow God to correct their attitude and behavior but we as believers look like fools when we’re fake and try to pretend that we’re “Holier than thou” and can do no wrong. 

This attitude makes it so tough for us to do the work that God has called us to do and makes “Christianity” look fake and phony.  If we’ll learn to pray unselfish prayers that will not necessarily make us look good but that will grow us in Him He can show His trustworthiness to the world through us, the world will therefore be able to trust us, and more people can be saved and come to know Him. I digress back to trust.

In conclusion, even though I’m a little mystified and went off course of my main topic (He does that to me sometimes) I’m trusting that whatever He’s been trying to say through me in this note has been of benefit to someone as it has to me for there are still areas that I’m learning to fully trust Him in.  Trust is where the rubber meets the road with me for as I grow and learn to hear His voice, learn His ways, and replace my thoughts with His thoughts the trust that I have in Him grows in multiplicity daily. 

Be blessed today. Let’s take the time today to see areas of our lives that we’re saying that we trust Him but we’re really not and pray that His will be done in them. Be honest with yourself and Him about your doubts, fears, questions as He already knows them and you’re just fooling yourself and being phony by not acknowledging and dealing with them. Know that if we do this we will begin to see victory in those areas like never before and our trust in Him will grow because of it. 

Trust Him today! Love Him today! Praise Him today! He loves and cherishes you! Have a Jesus-filled day and know that He trusts you to begin to trust in Him.
 
Ron “Big Black” Garrett

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