Who do You Trust?
12th FEBRUARY 2022
Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take [Proverbs 3:5–6 NLT].
We live in a society that depends on the five senses in order to trust or believe in something and learn to understand our surroundings. What we see, hear, touch, smell, and taste. That is the standard of this world; it solely depends on the sensual perception of things. However, Romans 8:14 says, “For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God.” We are not led by the world, social media or what our friends think. We are not led by what we see in the physical, we are led by the Spirit of God. That is how God identifies His children. And how are we led by the Spirit? By trusting the Lord with our heart and not depending on our own understanding, as Proverbs 3:5 says. But what does that mean? How does it look like?
For you to trust someone, anyone, it means you must have developed a relationship with the person (such as your mum, siblings or close friend), or trust in the knowledge a person has in a specialised field, such as a doctor, an engineer or a pilot. The first involves a relationship, an interaction built over time. The second involves witnessing the person at work in the field they claim they specialise such as visiting a doctor in the hospital or a science teacher in a school.
When it comes to trusting the Lord with your heart, it means recognising these two things. That you must have developed a relationship with Him by studying His Word, and you understand and witness the office in which our heavenly Father works: The God who created the heavens and the earth and everything in them. The Bible even talks about how creation bears witness of His existence [Romans 1:20]. We also witness the office in which God works through what he did with His Son on the cross and what He has done in our lives.
Now, what does it mean to not depend on our own understanding and acknowledge Him in all our ways? It means when we face a situation in our lives, such as sickness, our body and the medical report from human perception says we are not well, but the Word of God says by His stripes we were healed. We must choose to trust and depend on the Lord through His Word and not on our human understanding. This means we acknowledge Him in our lives based on two things. One, we have a personal relationship with Him, secondly, we are witnesses of the office he carries as God, so we choose to trust Him.
Heavenly Father, have mercy on me for the countless times I have depended on my understanding. Keep my mind stayed on You. I choose to trust You and rely on Your Word as the true standard for my life. Amen
Further Reading: Jeremiah 17:7, Psalm 37:4–5
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