“Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding;”
(Proverbs 3:5) NKJV
You’ve seen this scripture on t-shirts, coffee mugs, tote bags, even on rulers and ball point pens. This famous scripture sounds and looks great to quote. But when it comes to faith, it happens to be one of the hardest scriptures to follow. I’m discovering that trust and faith are sisters. They both come from the parent of “relationship.” In order to have trust and faith, one must have a relationship with God.
I believe one of the hardest things about trust is that it’s fragile. It’s so easy to break. Yet so difficult to build or earn.
Confession time: I’m not proud of this but I do often deflect my trust of people on to God. I still wrestle with the concept that though people will fail you OFTEN, God will not.
Why do I think like this? Because when things go tragically wrong and I know that God has the power to prevent or fix it in that moment, I often lean on my own understanding saying “See? I told you God couldn’t be trusted with situation. Maybe I can at least trust Him with ‘this’ but not ‘that.'”
This is a HUGE problem. I’m learning that I often that lean too hard on my logic instead of my love and faith that I claim that I have for God.
As I’ve stated before in the last blog post, faith often defies logic. When it comes to the matters of God and His thinking, it’s beyond my comprehension (Isaiah 55:8-9). I don’t know what I may think I understand. Logic tells us that 1+1=2. Yes, that’s technically true. But when it God speaks of the beautiful mystery of marriage, 1+1=1. Two individuals become one (Matthew 19:5, Ephesians 5:31, 1 Corinthians 6:16).
In This Case For Faith
I believe it’s important to have a relationship with God to trust and have faith in Him.
When we build a relationship with God, we build trust. As trust is built, God reveals His heart. And when you know God’s heart revealed, you can build your faith. And that faith can move God’s hand.
Trusting the LORD with all my heart means affirming that God will do what’s best in the far-fetched, messed up, tragic, wrong, or weird. Not only will God do what’s best, He will lovingly do what’s best with our best interest at heart even if we don’t care for it or it looks different from what we thought it would be.
My human logic can only take me so far and will stop short when I think I know everything. Understanding is good but it will not take me further than what faith can. Even if the outcome isn’t what I desire when it comes to trusting in God, I can say that my capacity for faith is increased as I trust and faith in God.