Whom Do You Trust?
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"Commit your way to the LORD; trust in Him and he will act."
Psalm 37:5 / New American Bible (NAB)
For the best outcome, whenever starting something new, a new school year, a new job, a new family, etc..., it is important to commit your way to the Lord as you go through your daily life, even while doing the ordinary, the mundane.
Yes, we all know that we need to work hard and believe in ourselves to succeed; we need to do our part. However, as Bible reading Christians, we need to believe that all true and enduring power comes from trusting Jesus Christ, the Great Healer, Comforter, Protector, Guide, Lover of Souls, friend, Lord, and Savior -- eternal and living in our daily lives. Yes, Jesus is all these things. It is through trusting Him that peace that the that surpasses all understanding, and discernment freely flow. In God's generous grace, through His saving hand of His Only Son, Jesus, we are able to accomplish far more than we ever could on our own, especially in times of adversity. He will step up and step in when we call upon the holy name of Jesus.
Certainly, there are limits to what we can accomplish on our own as Matthew 19:26 tells us in Holy Scripture: "For human beings this is impossible, but for God all things are possible."
To forge a connection with God is to establish a life source to fall back on, even, and especially, to trust and depend on. Some may say God is a crutch, and that they are self-made and have no use for Him in their lives. They prefer to go it alone -- but perhaps they do so with great risk. God our Creator knows each of us inside and out, whether or not we believe in Him or His Son, Jesus Christ does not change that fact. He stands in wait for us to believe in Him with sublime trust, with the understanding that He will work all things for the good. Even for those who have 'done a lot of living, He stands in wait for us to turn to Him with open arms.'
For those life-long agnostics who don't believe in God--yet--(I personally don't believe in atheism), I say take another look. God's majesty in nature is but a foretaste of his capabilities for those who follow Him. Defined as Love, He Created all of Heaven and Earth, and all of humanity, and stands close by those who love Him with all their being. As we trust God and seek Jesus, the Great Healer, rather than the healing, we give God glory and He will intervene on your behalf:
"Keep seeking and keep knocking and the door will be opened to you." Matthew 7:7
Someone asked me once about my belief in Jesus. In a practical sense, He is like a large umbrella. If you stay close to Him and believe and trust in Him, He will keep you dry from the torrential rains that occur throughout our lives. But we have to trust Him and stay under the umbrella for that protection. Step away, and you will be drenched and left to your own devices.
Trust in God is not always easy. Sometimes it is truly a leap of faith involving a high level of trust. Christians are called to turn to Jesus in all things. This sublime trust--a manifestation of faith, belief in the unseen--brings discernment, peace and joy in the knowing He's 'got this.' And He does!
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