“Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths.” – Proverbs 3:5-6
Over the years and in recent months as I have intensely battled for my health, I have found such comfort in this scripture and the power of this Word. It comes alive when we fully trust the Lord and acknowledge Him. The journey through life takes us through many peaks and valleys. When we reach the mountaintops, we find it easy to praise God and to give thanks. As we reach the crest of the mountain peak, we trust God’s plan, but when we find ourselves in the darkest valleys of life, when we face disappointment and despair, it is so much more difficult to trust God. Nevertheless, trust Him we must!
Today, we can be comforted: Whether we find ourselves at the pinnacle of the mountain or the darkest depths of the valley, remember God is there.
We must keep our faith that gives us every reason to live courageously. After all, Christ has already won the ultimate battle on the cross at Calvary. Even still, many may find their faith tested by the inevitable disappointments and tragedies that occur in the lives of believers and non-believers alike. When our courage is tested to the limit, we must lean on God’s promises and trust in His son, Jesus Christ.
Keep in mind that God is always near, and that He is our protector and our deliverer. When we are worried, anxious, or afraid, we can call on Him. Romans 10:5 declares, “The word (Christ) is near you, even in your mouth, and in your heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach;” God can truly handle our troubles infinitely better than we can, so let’s turn them over to Him. Follow the scripture found in Psalms 55:22 that’s says, “Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee,” and obey the message Jesus delivered in Matthew 11:28-30, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
Remember that God rules both mountaintops and valleys – with limitless wisdom and love – now and forever. Because God’s power is limitless, it is far beyond the comprehension of mortal minds. Even though we cannot fully understand the awesome heart of God, we can praise it, worship it, and marvel at its mercy. God’s ability to love is not burdened by boundaries or by limitations. The love that flows from the awesome heart of God is endless – and right now, no matter where you are, presents yet another opportunity to celebrate His love.
When we worship God with faith and assurance and when we place Him at the absolute center of our lives, we invite His love into our hearts. In turn, we grow to love Him more deeply as we sense His love for us. We can fully trust Him and pronounce that “I love you, Lord, not doubtingly, but with absolute certainty.” May His word beat upon our hearts until we fall completely in love with Him as He loves us. Let our hearts be turned to the Creator, knowing with certainty that His awesome heart has ample room for each of us, and that we, in turn, must make room in our hearts for Him.
1 Chronicles 5:20 declares, “…for they cried out to God in the battle, and He answered their prayers because they trusted in Him. When we trust God our faith is activated, for we walk by faith, not by sight. 2 Chronicles 16:9 goes on to say, “For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him.”
Trusting God completely means having faith that He knows what is best for our lives. We can expect Him to keep His promises, help us with our problems, and do the impossible when necessary. Nevertheless, we walk by faith and not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7). Sometimes the very essence of faith is trusting God in the midst of things that He knows good and well we cannot comprehend.
So my prayer today is that we will trust the Lord and seek His will for our life. He has a plan. Let’s discover and live it, knowing that when we trust Him, we are eternally blessed.
— Steven Duty is an evangelist, founder of Duty International Ministries (www.DutyInternational.org) and a member of the Logan Ministerial Association.