2016-03-30 - Trust
Originally Published 1997-10-27
Proverbs 3:5-7: Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the Lord and turn away from evil.
Journalist Finley Dunne said, "Trust everybody, but cut the cards."
I sometimes think this is how many people live their lives. Many are very willing to talk about trust, until it actually becomes time to trust. And this is often a wise practice. The reason we find it difficult to trust people, is because we have all been burned by people. But in following Christ, trusting is crucial. As the above verse tells us, we are to trust in the Lord with all our heart. This is the positive element in this admonition. The negative admonition is that we are not to trust in ourselves. All our trusting is to be in the Lord. Trusting in Christ has many aspects to it. For the sake of space, let us simply look at one aspect, trusting the promises of God. One of my favorite writers says that the promises of God are the, "Store-house of comfort, the Charters of our privileges, the conveyances of our Heavenly Inheritance …" (Oliver Heywood, in Heart Treasure) Another writer says that the promises of God are our bills of exchange, given us, that we may look forward to our estate in another Country; Heaven. (Thomas Manton, on Jude)
I read that Bill Gates has spent 70 Million to build his house and that last year his net worth went from 19 Billion to 34 Billion, guess he is rich. Such wealth is nothing as compared to the worth of a Christian who is right with God. The Christian inherits all things, and is a Heir to a glorious Crown at death. (Ephesians 1:11, 1 Peter 1:4, Revelation 21:7) The bucket of our faith, when dipped in the well, does not always draw up waters of consolation. Sometimes it is hard to trust that the promises of God are true and apply to us. But by applying the promises of God to our lives we can rejoice and by faith we can believe that not one promise of the living God will fail. (Deuteronomy 31:6)
"… trusting in Christ for salvation, implies, that he and his redemption, and those things wherein his salvation consists, are agreeable and acceptable to us." Jonathan Edwards