Trust in the LORD - with all your heart
Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.
It would be naïve of me, ladies, to think that everyone was privy to the years of innocent trust I experienced. Life is not always so kind. In any case, how does one progress from child-like faith to a definite, willful determination to trust in the Lord with all your heart, no matter what happens?
My child-like faith was, and is, my ticket to heaven where I will once again see my mother. However, like any child I needed to grow up. What I was missing out on was time spent with God. I knew He was holy and that was awesome; but He seemed entirely remote—high and lifted up, so-to-speak. It was time spent in the Bible with the help of the Holy Spirit that made the character of God jump off the pages into my heart.
I could see that He loved me enough to send His only Son to separation and death. I felt for the first time the agony Christ experienced in Gethsemane. I saw that the Old Testament promises were no longer obscured by time, but fulfilled in Jesus. I understood: the Father of the heavenly lights…does not change like shifting shadows (James 1:17); Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever (Hebrews 13:8). The Westminster Catechism I learned as a teen was true: “God is Spirit, infinite, eternal, and unchangeable in his being, wisdom, power, holiness, justice, goodness, and truth.”
The Hebrew word for trust is batah: properly, “to hie to, to hasten to for refuge”; figuratively, “to be confident, secure in, sure of.” Webster’s defines trust as: “assured reliance on the character, ability, strength, or truth of someone or something.” I now am “confident, secure in, sure of” my God, and I constantly “hie” to Him for refuge.
Integrity is a buzz word with our grandsons, also a good word for God. On a recent hike in the mountains we crossed a swift moving, rocky creek on an exceedingly wobbly foot bridge. The view from the side revealed a sagging support system capable of instant collapse at any time. It had lost its integrity. God’s character will never collapse.
Does it make sense to you why I now trust the Lord wholeheartedly? What a fool I was: He who trusts in himself is a fool (Proverbs 28:26)!