10th December 2017

Trust in the Lord 

“Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord, the Lord himself, is the Rock eternal.”
“You will keep in perfect peace him whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.”
Isaiah 26:4,3 (NIV UK) 

Have you ever been to camp? Or maybe a work retreat? Or just played on a sports team in high school? If you’ve done any of these things, odds are that you’ve participated in something called a ‘trust building exercise.’ Let me explain. The trust exercise is when a team gathers behind one member, while at the same time, that single member is blindfolded and told to fall backwards, trusting that the rest of the team will catch him. Sounds kind of scary, right? Usually it takes a few tries before the blindfolded person is able to fall backwards and not stop themselves. Sometimes it feels as if we’re just as hesitant when we’re trying to put our trust in God.

God has called us into a relationship with him. Through his son, Jesus Christ, he has revealed himself to us. And through his Holy Word, he has made a covenant with mankind. And yet, we still can have a hard time putting our trust in him. I know it can be difficult. Fear gets in the way and undermines our faith—and we find ourselves “stopping ourselves”. But when we live our lives trusting daily in God and his Living Word, we know that we’re on the right track. See how Solomon puts it: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight” (Proverbs 3:5-6).

Essentially, our relationship with God through Christ is one of faith, or trust, in him to be faithful. Often in difficult situations we want more. We want to know how it will all work out. Or how and why God allows certain things. But God hasn’t promised that we’ll be able to understand all the ‘how’s’ and ‘why’s’ of life. Instead, he has made known his nature, his character, his ultimate purposes and ends, through our Lord, Jesus Christ. God has given us what we need to trust him to be faithful. Knowing his faithfulness calls for our faith even, and especially when, we don’t understand much else about a particular situation.

I pray that, as we’re growing in Christ, trusting in him will become more and more as a second nature; that we’ll stop trying to catch ourselves—and fall into God’s open arms.

Prayer
Merciful Father, it isn’t easy being a human being! We so often see no further than ourselves, can believe in nothing more than we can see or hear or feel. But we know that you know the better way and have made it possible for us to follow that better way. We humbly ask for your help in trusting you and trusting in you. In Jesus’ name we pray.
Amen

Study by Joseph Tkach

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About the Author:
Joseph Tkach is the President of Grace Communion International (the Denominational name of The Worldwide Church of God UK), and resides in California, USA.

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