I have been thinking a lot about trust lately. I am not talking about trust of other human beings, but my trust in God.
Proverbs 3:5-6 says, "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 paths straight."
I have known this verse for much of my life and I believe it. I know in my head that it is true. I've even faced difficulties in life that brought me back to that verse. Typically I focus on the last part ("He will make your paths straight.") during times of seeking direction for my life or wanting help with a decision I am trying to make.
I was literally thrust into a difficult circumstance recently. Just a few days prior I had been challenged by a friend to memorize Proverbs 3:5-6 from the Message version which states,
"Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don't try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for God's voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he's the one who will keep you on track."
I had not yet memorized the verses or even worked on them, but when my trial came I would repeat over and over and over, "I trust God from the bottom of my heart!" It took me ten days to even look at the next part of the verse. I was forced to decide where I was going to place my trust. My pain went to the deepest part of my being and the concept of trusting "from the bottom of my heart" was suddenly a reality.
At first I could not see past the immediate hurt, betrayal, and pain. I could only see my need to fully place my trust in God.
My trust in God comes from a foundation of belief in who God is. He is the source of my salvation from an eternity in hell. He is a loving, kind, and compassionate God. He is definitely beyond my understanding, yet all He does is for my good and His glory.
Because of this foundational belief, I am able to trust God. This trial (opportunity for growth and maturity, James 1:2-4) has tested my trust and it has elevated my trust to a whole new level. I honestly had no idea the depths to which I was capable of trusting my past, present, and future to the capable hands of God.
*Do you trust God? *Do you trust God "from the bottom of your heart? *What fear, worry, or concern do you need to place in the capable and loving hands of God? *What would change in your life (inside and out) if you placed complete trust in God?
The circumstances of life don't always make sense to us, but if we want these circumstances to contribute to our extraordinary life then we must trust God.
(I’m Traci, the "Be Extraordinary!" blogger. I share insights that challenge and encourage moms to be the best version of themselves. To me, that’s an extraordinary life! Click HERE to receive blog updates and a free newsletter.)