What a short, yet profoundly powerful word. Trust implies rest. Trust implies security. Trust implies safety and contentment.
“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 straight your paths.” – Proverbs 3:5-6
Every time I come across that verse, I hear my earthly father singing it over me. My dad sang that verse over us kids as our childhood lullaby. From a young age, I learned to equate trusting in the Lord with rest. I could fall asleep peacefully, knowing God was good and big enough to protect me from any intruders—including the boogie monster! Although it seems cute and innocent upon the first impression, it’s actually rather powerful. It’s a tune I sing over myself to this day, and I plan to sing it over my children and grandchildren, too—what a legacy!
However, many of us didn’t have fathers that sang us to sleep—or didn’t have dads that were around at all. Nevertheless, your Heavenly Father is singing it over you all the same. “Trust in Me with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding, rather lean into Me. In all your ways, whatever life brings your way—acknowledge Me; My almighty power, My never-ending love, My eternal Presence, and I will straighten your path. I will always be faithful,
and I will work all things out for your good and My glory.”
He’s got you
Trust. Do you know what Abba is saying when He says trust? He’s saying Rest. Think of a young child sitting in their parent’s lap. There’s so much trust there. There’s a knowledge that Daddy/Mommy has got it. They’ve proven themselves to love, provide and bring security—so why wouldn’t they do so again? And how much more faithful is Abba Father than our earthly parents. He never disappoints—yet our forgetfulness often leaves us shaking in our boots when turbulence comes. Trust requires a great level of faith, and it requires remembrance of God’s faithfulness.
“I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you.” – Jeremiah 31:3
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” – John 16:33
So Rest. Trust. Know God is Good and He has got you. Remember all that He has done for you. I think complete trust in times of hardship is one of the greatest testaments a believer can give. Trust. Because He’s got you. Trust. Because He’s for you. Trust. Because He loves you. Oh sister, how He loves you.
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