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How to Trust in The Lord with All Your Heart

Proverbs 3:5-7

Education and learning have become idols to which people increasingly bow.
We live in a time of exceeding pride in human knowledge and accomplishment.

The information humanity has amassed is more than any individualcan fully comprehend, and it is almost universally available.

We are also surrounded by a culture where the desires and rights of the individual
are considered the greatest good—where I can have whatever I want or be whatever I want,
as long as it doesn’t harm others or keep them from their own desires.

In these times, it is imperative that Christians have constant reminders of what it means to trust only in the Lord God Almighty.

The question is:

How can we completely and totally trust in the Lord with all our heart?

What does it mean to trust in the Lord with all our heart?

• To trust in the Lord is to place your confidence only in God
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own
understanding” Proverbs 3:5

To trust in the Lord goes beyond believing in who he is and what he says;
the word here for trust can also mean “to have confidence in.”
Having confidence in something means having an assurance that leads to action.

Trust in the Lord is a faith that lets us boldly serve.
This confidence should infuse our whole being.

All our knowledge, wisdom, and will should be saturated in the action-producing assurance of the Lord.

When we lean on our own understanding, we trust our own knowledge and discernment to support us through life.

As Jeremiah 17:9 tells us, the problem with this is that
“the heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?”
Our own sinful nature can’t be counted on. But new hearts are given by Christ through the Holy Spirit.

We cultivate God-trusting hearts by meditation on Scripture, spending time in prayer, and companionship with other believers.

As these things tune our hearts to the Spirit living in us, we will rely less on ourselves and more on Christ,
serving him in good times and bad, in sickness and in health, in the battle with sin and in the peace of his rest.

• To Trust in the Lord is to Acknowledge God in Everything
“In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths”
Proverbs 3:6

Acknowledging God means knowing God wherever we are and whatever we are doing.
This doesn’t just mean intellectual assent, but an act of perceiving His character and will in every moment of life.

If we dedicate ourselves to trusting and seeking God in all circumstances,
are we then to believe that life will be easy and that no trouble will beset us?

We have all experienced enough of life to know that isn’t the case.

Instead, what we can expect is that our journey will ultimately lead to him and we will not be shaken when trials come.

Jeremiah 17 gives us clarity:

“Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose trust is the Lord.
He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes,
for its leaves remain green and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit” Jeremiah 17:7-8

It’s not that life no longer has difficulties, but that those difficulties are nothing to fear
and that we can remain confident in God in the midst of them.

He keeps us vibrant and useful to his will even when we feel languished or that the times are against us.

As we trust more in Jesus and have confidence to act on his will, we may have to turn down opportunities
that seem great because Jesus has called us elsewhere, or accept callings that scare us.

Acknowledging God in everything means that we remember that no circumstances come to us outside of the Father’s will.

Knowing this will give us strength even through difficulties, pains, and fears, because we know that God will never leave our side.

Conclusion

Trusting in the Lord is the only path to life.
Christ trusted the Father totally, even to His death; through His work on the cross, His resurrection, and His Ascension.

He offers us new life, pouring His Spirit into our hearts.

In a culture of misplaced trusts, broken promises, and damaged lives,
only Jesus is unshakable, unchangeable, unbreakable, and worthy of all our trust.

Only He trusted the Father perfectly with all His heart, making straight the path for our salvation so we too would trust Him.

Through him, God offers healing, wisdom, and love to the world, if we only we acknowledge Him in all our ways.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart.

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