There are things we are able to control in our lives. We control the time we get up, the job we have, the house we live in, the transportation we use all are placed in our control. While we may not like some of these things, there is still a choice afforded us based on the ability given to us by God.
Man is given privileges for him to enjoy every day based on his decisions and intellect. Health plays a key role in this process and we praise God every day for this wonderful blessing from Him.
We must also recognize there are some things beyond our control. Man cannot control the weather, the economy, the changes that come in life through time and even future events. All of these and more are out of our control. What are we to do? This is where Proverbs 3:5 comforts mankind with the words, “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart.” The thought of trusting God brings great comfort but also great faith. Let’s analyze these words in light of our current situation.
The economic situation today has gotten every person’s attention in America. The gasoline prices, the housing market and the rise of food prices is causing us to look for solutions. Political candidates are making plans to present solutions but they can not control the future anymore than any other person. While the fuels are going up and down, playing havoc with our lifestyles, one thing is certain: We can trust in the Lord.
The word trust means to rely upon or lean upon. This carries the idea of putting total absolute confidence in the Lord without wavering. God says you can trust me for your eternal life. Romans 10:13 says, “for whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” If we can trust and believe in God for our eternal life, we can surely trust Him for our temporal life.
You may have internal fears about current conditions but God brings internal strength and encouragement through the words of “trust in the Lord.” You may try to trust in man, but man will fail you. Man has limited ability but God has supernatural ability. This thought will carry us through even the darkest of hours.
The most difficult part of trusting is the faith it takes to trust the Lord. It is not the Lord’s inability to care for us but man’s ability to “trust.” Reliance in the “unseen God” is very difficult for man.
Man likes to work out his problems on his own. It gives him a feeling of purpose or sense of accomplishment. There are some things we cannot handle or do on our own. We need the Lord to take care of these things.
God promises He will take care of us but we must rely on Him. It is unfortunate that man rejects the greatest help he can possibly have. What are you relying on? Let me encourage you to “trust in the Lord.” He is able to meet your every need.
The Rev. Rick L. Stonestreet is pastor at Calvary Baptist Church in Fairfield. He can be reached at email@example.com.