“Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your pathway straight.” (Proverbs 3:5-6)
It is interesting to consider that one of the best things you can do in life is also one of the hardest: Trust in the Lord. It might be nice if we just naturally trusted God all the time. But we don’t. Typically God must ordain various trials to teach us to trust in Him. Of course these trials vary from person to person and they vary in their severity within our own lives. Sometimes they are massive and involve the loss of a loved one. Sometimes they are mediocre and involve the loss of a possession. And sometimes they are minor and involve the loss of a temporal convenience. Yet all of these trials are designed to get us to trust in the Lord. Are you trusting in Him today?
Of course everything might be going great for you today; but what will happen tomorrow? And if it involves a severe trial, will you be ready for it? We need to be about the work of cultivating a strong faith in the Lord when things are going well so that we will already be conditioned to rely on Him when things turn bad. Trials are destined regardless of whether or not you know the Lord. But they are so much more miserable if you have no spiritual rock to lean upon.
If you are a Christian then you can rest assured that God has purpose in whatever you are facing. Even if you don’t know the purpose, it is there nonetheless. Christians rest in that all-encompassing promise that God “causes all things to work together for good for those who love God and are called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:28)
So when the trial comes, no matter if it’s big or small, you may not be able to say, “I know why this is happening.” But as a Christian you can most certainly say, “I know God has ordained this for His greater purpose.” And with that rock solid foundation you will have the ability to “trust in the Lord.”
To trust in the Lord means to trust in Jesus Christ the Son of God. There is no relationship with the Father apart from the Son; and this comes about by the work of the Holy Spirit. The Triune God of the Bible is your only hope. All other options will ultimately fail you. Trust in the Lord today. Trust in Him and rest in the peace that only He can provide.