Speak Lord; I’m Listening – Daily Bite-Size Encouragement – Day 17
Trust in the Lord
Trust means to feed on God’s faithfulness. “Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness. Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him, and He will do it. He will bring forth your righteousness as the light and your judgment as the noonday.”1
And we can “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 your paths straight.” And, “Your word is a lamp to my feet, and a light for my path.”2
Trust releases a song to the Lord, “The Lord is my Strength and my [impenetrable] Shield; my heart trusts in, relies on, and confidently leans on Him, and I am helped; therefore, my heart rejoices, and with my song will I praise Him.”3
Trust During Trials
God promises to be with us, “Fear not [there is nothing to fear], for I am with you; do not look around you in terror and be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen and harden you to difficulties, yes, I will help you; yes, I will hold you up and retain you with My [victorious] right hand of rightness and justice.”4
And, “What time I am afraid, I will have confidence in and put my trust and reliance in You. By [the help of] God, I will praise His word; on God I lean, rely, and confidently put my trust; I will not fear. What can man, who is flesh, do to me?”5
We can trust God even in difficult challenges. I appreciate Corrie ten Boom’s encouragement, “Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.”6 Having endured the hardships of the holocaust; Corrie learned to trust God in one of the ugliest pits of history.
We can find comfort in Him. “God is our Refuge and Strength [mighty and impenetrable to temptation], a very present and well-proved help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change and though the mountains be shaken into the midst of the seas, though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling and tumult.”7 No matter what happens around us or to us, God is with us, strengthening, comforting, and encouraging us so that we can persevere to the end.
God is in control, but because He has given man free will, men can choose to do evil things. If we are on the receiving end of ugly things, we can turn to God to be our refuge during the storm. He will never leave us or forsake us. He will be with us to the end.
Let Trust Define Us
We can walk in trust or distrust, faith or doubt, assurance or skepticism. Which will you choose? I choose trust, loyalty and affirmation. Life is too short to live in distrust, doubt, mistrust, and suspicion. I want to walk in “confidence; a reliance or resting of my mind on the integrity, justice, friendship or other sound principles of another person.”8 I want to have confidence and rely on God Himself based on His character.
Let us “seek (aim at and strive after) first of all His kingdom and His righteousness (His way of doing and being right), and then all these things taken together will be given you besides.”9
Living in Peace
He can help us process yesterday, live in today, and look ahead free from fear. “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”10
I am so thankful that the Prince of Peace gives us peace. “You will guard him and keep him in perfect and constant peace whose mind [both its inclination and its character] is stayed on You because he commits himself to You, leans on You, and hopes confidently in You. So trust in the Lord (commit yourself to Him, lean on Him, hope confidently in Him) forever; for the Lord God is an everlasting Rock [the Rock of Ages].”11
Trust Yields Fruit
Thankfully, when we trust God, we produce the fruit of the Spirit. “[Most] blessed is the man who believes in, trusts in, and relies on the Lord, and whose hope and confidence the Lord is. For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters that spread out its roots by the river; and it shall not see and fear when heat comes; but its leaf shall be green. It shall not be anxious and full of care in the year of drought, nor shall it cease yielding fruit.”12
“The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things, there is no law.” And “If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit.”13
Fruit of the Spirit verses the Fruit of the Flesh Love – One of 9 Fruits of the Spirit – Strength with Dignity
We can know His peace Peace – One of the 9 Fruits of the Spirit – Strength with Dignity
1 Psalm 37:3-6 NASB
2 Proverbs 3:5-6 NASB; Psalm 119:105 WEB
3 Psalm 28:7 AMPC
4 Isaiah 41:10 AMPC
5 Psalm 56:3-4 AMPC
6 Trust Quotes. Retrieved October 14, 2021, from https://www.brainyquote.com/topics/trust-quotes
7 Psalm 46:1-3 AMPC
8 Webster’s 1828 Dictionary. Retrieved October 11, 2021, from http://www.webstersdictionary1828.com/Dictionary/trust
9 Matthew 6:33 AMPC
10 Philippians 4:6-7 NASB
11 Isaiah 26:3-4 AMPC
12 Jeremiah 17:7-8 AMPC
13 Galatians 5:22-23, 25
Amplified Bible, Classis Edition (AMPC) Copyright 1954, 1958, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation.
New American Standard Bible (NASB) Copyright 1960, 1971, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation.
Rakes, Missy. 10 Bible Verses about Trusting God. Published on April 24, 2017. Retrieved October 13, 2021, from https://www.gracefullittlehoneybee.com/10-bible-verses-trusting-god/
Bible Scriptures were retrieved October 13, 2021, from https://www.biblegateway.com #bgbg2 #BibleGateway