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A Challenge: Trust!

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths.” Proverbs 3:5

A question that faces every Christian is this one: what does it mean to “believe in Jesus”? Well, as we often say, true faith is accompanied by action. If we really believe in Christ, it means more than that we simply believe that He exists or that He did certain things for us, as important as that is. Believing in Him also means following Him. Christian blogger Matt Walsh said it in an interesting way in a recent YouTube video. He said that to simply “believe” is only the first step. What we are truly being called on to do is to LOVE Jesus. “Love the Lord Your God with all your heart, mind, soul and strength.” Deut. 6:5, Luke 10:27. To believe in Jesus is to love Him and to love Him is to follow Him. As Jesus said, “If you love me, keep my commands.” John 14:15. So believing must be followed by action because loving Jesus means we would want to please Him.

So I’ve been thinking more and more recently about how to better apply this to my life. It’s important, because our walk with Christ is important! How do we go about putting our faith in Him into practice, making sure that our belief is more than just notional assent? Perhaps Proverbs 3:5 is a key.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart. How do you trust in the Lord, day by day, in a complex and troubling world? Well, you trust Him in times of trouble, so that you don’t really, truly despair at any circumstance, no matter how tough, because you trust that your Father in Heaven is in control and that He has a plan to work out even troubles for our good. And you can trust in His promise to give eternal life. You trust Him when He tells us that that this life is not all there is, that even the ugliest of troubles that come our way are only temporary and will give way to paradise in God’s time.

Trusting also means obeying, which is why that old famous hymn goes, “trust and obey for there’s no other way to be happy in Jesus…” Trusting Him in this way means believing Him when He says, “Give this thing that you are holding onto to me. Give me lordship over this part of your life that you are keeping to yourself. Trust me with the consequences you fear and the blessings you can barely glimpse. I’ll handle the first and pour out the second!” Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths. There is nothing better than when the Lord Almighty Himself directs your paths. He is willing to lead if we will trust and follow. That’s the whole struggle of the Christian life, really, isn’t it?

So I have decided to rededicate myself to this cause—that I might trust my God every minute. That means less anxiety because…I trust Him with my life! It also means more obedience because…I trust Him with my life. What would life be like if the Lord directed our every path? What kind of peace, what kind of victory might we have, even right now? Let’s see if we can find out!

In Christ,

Pastor Jeff