The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines trust as “assured reliance on, ability, strength of someone.”
Many times, we put our trust in one another, but we have a tendency to let each other down. People put trust in their jobs, but then the job runs out. Men trust in their cars and invest a lot of money in them, but cars get wrecked and stolen. Men put trust in their bank accounts, stocks and bonds, but then the market crashes. Men and women trust each other with their hearts, but then they turn and break each other’s hearts.
Today, people are hurting, afraid and don’t know who to trust. But I submit to you we have put our trust in some of everything; it is time to trust the one who can really help us: the Lord.
I admit sometimes it does get hard, and it can be frightening, but it doesn’t have to be if we put our trust in the Lord. Psalm 56:3 says, “When I am afraid, I will trust in you.” We have trusted man and he let us down. We trust systems and they have failed, and we have trusted in material things and they were dissolved or consumed. Now it’s time to do something different. Proverbs 3:5 states, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not to your own understanding.”
Many times, we try to fight our own battles, but the battle is not ours but the Lord’s. In times like these, many feel they are all alone or they are operating by themselves. But I want to remind us of Psalm 28:7: “The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in Him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy, and I will give thanks to Him in song.”
So instead of us having a pity party, we can reassure ourselves that we are not alone; the Lord is with us and not only is He with us but He is our strength, and if our hearts trust Him, He will help us.
There are benefits of trusting in the Lord, as shown in Psalm 37:3: “Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. When we do right and trust in the Lord, He will lead us to what we need.”
One might ask when we should trust in the Lord. “Trust in Him at all times, O people; pour out your hearts to Him, for God is our refuge” (Psalm 62:8).
Faith moves God, so if we trust and believe and be serious, nothing shall be impossible. “Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in Him; and He shall bring it to pass” (Psalm 37:5).
Again, do right in the Lord’s eyes, put your trust in the Lord and He shall bring it to pass. The “it” here refers to whatever the need is in your life.
Williams is Pastor of Rhema Christian Fellowship and a member of the United Ministerial Alliance.