The Importance of Trusting in the Lord
The Importance of Trusting in the Lord
Those times in life when it feels like you’re being crushed on every side, and everyone is against you, are hard. Really hard! It can feel like all hope is lost, and life is not worth living anymore.
Yet, even in these times we’re called to trust in the Lord.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” – Proverbs 3:5-6
Over the years we (Robert & Lori) have shared these powerful words with many souls. We’ve had to embrace them ourselves on many occasions – and still do to this day.
When Solomon wrote these wise words, his understanding can be directly linked back to his father – King David.
Years earlier, David had lived through a time period where the he was being relentlessly pursued by King Saul and his army of men. It appeared to be almost hopeless that David would ever escape Saul and his enemies.
But then one day David recognized that he had been delivered from the hand of his enemies, and from the hand of Saul. On that day, David wrote a beautiful song praising God that included this phrase:
“As for God, His way is perfect; the word of the Lord is proven; He is a shield to all who trust in Him.” – 2 Samuel 22:31
The Lord wants us to faithfully trust in Him - always. Trusting in the Lord is a critical component of leading like Jesus.
Jesus himself trusted in His Father over everything and in every circumstance. It was through such trust that Jesus was able to.
- calm a violent storm (Luke 8:23-25)
- feed thousands with just a few fish and loaves of bread (Matthew 14:19-20 and Matthew 15:35-38)
- raise Lazarus from the dead (John 11:41-44)
- and perform many other miracles.
Jesus also trusted His Father when He committed Himself to suffer and die on the cross. He knew it served a purpose greater than anyone on earth could ever fathom.
Real Role Models of Trusting In the Lord
Now, maybe you feel you don’t possess the same kind of trust that Jesus displayed. After all, He was – and is - the Son of God. That same kind of trust might seem a little too difficult for you.
Then consider the trust that Mary, Jesus mother, and Joseph, his earthly father, must have possessed leading up to Jesus birth. There were many times when Joseph and Mary didn’t understand the ‘why’ behind their circumstances - until later. Much later.
Consider how their lives looked when Joseph and Mary first got engaged. They were looking forward to a happy, normal life together.
But then she got pregnant before they got married (yes, in a most miraculous way). And remember, Joseph wasn’t the father!
Not surprisingly, Joseph wanted to break off the engagement. But he was encouraged by God to move forward anyway, and get married. His job was to care for Mary and love her. And he did.
But just as Mary was ready to give birth, they were forced to leave town. She ended up delivering her boy child in the most unpleasant of circumstances – in a stable, far from home.
No friends. No family. Just each other.
They all survived these moments, and moved on with their lives. Together.
The family grew. They had more children –Scripture reports four boys and at least two girls. As parents, they loved their children and did the best to provide for them.
As a carpenter, Joseph taught his trade to his oldest son – Jesus. But Jesus had other ideas of what mattered most – doing the will of His heavenly Father. This too created some challenges for Joseph and Mary, for instance the time they thought Jesus was still with them while traveling, but was actually back in the temple teaching others – and already at the age of 12!
Now fast forward two decades, and imagine how Mary felt when the Jewish rulers captured her son, Jesus, wrongfully accused Him, and then had Him put to death. Mary must have experienced an indescribable pain that no mother should ever have to suffer.
Yet, through all of their circumstances, both Mary and Joseph continued to trust in the Lord.
What About You?
Consider that just like us, those referenced in the Bible were human. They made some mistakes. And they did some good things too. Most importantly they fulfilled the purpose that God had given them.
What about you?
Do you know your God-given purpose? Are you waiting for God to send an angel to come and tell you?
Here’s some good news.
Our task today is very clear. We are to follow in the footsteps of Jesus, living and leading a life based on what He taught. And just like David, Solomon, Mary and Joseph, we too are to trust in the Lord. Then He will do great things through us.
“Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, and whose hope is the Lord.” – Jeremiah 17:7