Twenty Things I Want to Tell My Sons
Chapter 16

 

Trust God

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.

Proverbs 3:5-6

Knowledge has increased dramatically in our century. We know more and more about the world around us and we have better and better access to this database of human knowledge every day. But the more we learn, the more we realize that we still really donít know very much.  There is so much we donít know that it is beyond measurement. When we gaze into the heavens, we see vast galaxies and formations so far away and so big that they defy comprehension. They once pointed several telescopes towards a tiny black part of the night sky and did a composite image of it and guess what? What we thought was an empty part of space was filled with stars and galaxies Ė we just couldnít see them. There is so much out there we have not even begun to grasp it. Then when we turn our gaze inward and look at the micro-universe of cells and molecules and atoms and subatomic particles again we are amazed at how much we donít know. It is an entire other universe in the opposite direction and the more we magnify it, the more we realize is in there. For all we know this micro-universe is as vast and immeasurable as the one we see on a clear night.

And this is just the physical universe. What of all of the non-physical realities around us such as thought, emotion, the spiritual world, the future, love, etc. We know even less about these areas. This is why God tells us to trust Him with all of our heart and to not lean on our own understanding. He understands everything. We really donít (we just think we do). He knows the future, we don't. We are to base our life decisions on Godís word, not our limited understanding of the issue. And He promises us that if we do this, He will bless our life. To trust God also means to trust that He has a plan for your life, a plan to prosper and bless you (Jer 29:11). We are to trust Him in good and bad times Ė even when things seem to be not going so well (Job). We are blessed by God when we trust Him (Psalm 84:12).

Our ultimate act of trust is to put God first in our life and everything else second (Mark 10:28-30). This is the level of trust that God requires of us for us to be His disciples. We trust Him with our very lives (Gal 2:20). We deny ourselves, take up our cross and follow Him (Matt 10:38-39). Trusting God is thinking supernaturally rather than naturally about life.  It is to reject our natural inclinations and respond supernaturally, live supernaturally. It is to look at your accomplishments and understand that "God did it, not me". He sustains my very life. Everything good that I have and do and am is because of Him. We acknowledge His hand in our lives, and He blesses us, keeping our paths straight. Trust in God.

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"Choose you this day whom you will serve.....but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD."

Joshua 24:15