Trust In the Lord
“Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will
remember the name of the LORD our God.” Ps 20:7. Trust in God is
belief in the Lord Jesus Christ, that He is the Way, the Truth and
that He gives us eternal life. Jo 14:6. It is having complete
reliance on Jesus Christ so that through Him we can have strength in
our weakness. Phil 4:13. Trust is belief with confidence in God’s
divine faithfulness. Trust knows that He cares for us and will safely
bring us home to Heaven as we follow Him. Our love
relationship with God is based on our faith and trust in the Lord. He
loved us when we did not know Him, but when we come to know Him we
will grow in trust. 1Jo 4:19. Our faith grows as we learn to trust
God in every area of our lives. We learn to trust God as we listen
for His still small voice and know that we hear it when we see the
results. 1Ki 19:12. It is because of developing a hearing ear of His
still small voice inside that I was able to trust Him and move out in
faith as He led me into the nation of China.
There are several levels of faith that are active in the lives of
Christians. One is the faith we come to Christ with. That is like a
baby taking his first step. That baby doesn’t really trust, but
rather is taking growth steps. Some believers remain in the first
stage step all their Christian life. They ask Jesus Christ into their
lives, but leave the relationship there and never grow. Trust comes
from growing in your love relationship with Jesus. You see Him do
small things for you and you begin to know that God hears your prayers
and has your best interests in mind.
Trust grows as you pray and Jesus answers your prayers. We have
been walking through a tough time with our family. As we pray
together we daily remind each other that God has a plan and He knows
exactly what we are going through. Recently we were in special need
and we set our faces towards God in prayer. When we finished praying
five minutes later the phone rang. God answered our prayer completely.
When you fully can trust God you can put everything into His
hands. Relationships that formally you have felt you need to direct
or have your hands on you can rest in. Years ago my husband was a
smoker and a heavy drinker. No amount of nagging from me worked. As
I grew in my relationship with the Lord I placed Ralph into His hands
through prayer. I saw God answering my knee prayers as I interceded
for him. It was a learning time of leaving him in God’s hands. I had
to learn not to pick him up again, but to leave him in God’s hands
knowing that my responsibility was to pray. Over the period of a few
years Ralph went from smoking cigarettes to smoking a pipe. One day
he walked over to a cupboard, set his pipe in it and never picked it
up to smoke again. It was the same way with his drinking.
Sometimes we pray sincerely about something we desire very much,
yet our prayer is not answered the way we want. Sometimes the answer
is no and we do not understand why. It can be an illness or a wayward
child, a handicap or a loved one slipping away. As we seek the face
of the Lord we must put our trust in Him for He has a plan and purpose
for everything that is allowed to happen in our lives. Most of the
time He doesn’t let us in on the plan, but He has a plan. We can
safely trust that He has our welfare and the welfare of our loved ones
in His hands.
Currently we are walking through more trust lessons. I know the
anguish that Abraham felt when he placed his son on the altar. We are
praying for our son who has Lou Gehrig’s disease and walking through
it with him. There have been many visions from unconnected people and
dreams of his physical healing. Many healing words have been given
from Scripture which have settled into all our spirits to believe for
his healing, but the fact remains that he has not been healed yet.
God has told me to keep my eyes on Him, pray and trust in Him. Mt 19:26.
In the midst of our son’s illness I have had to also lay one of
our daughter’s on the altar. Her heart disease has progressed and
she could be facing a heart-lung transplant in the near future. Again
we trust that God knows and has a plan for her life. As long as we
are faithful to pray He will guide and provide for her. It is a scary
thing for a young girl to go through, but as I thought on the matter I
was reminded what a miracle that she was able to get an open heart
surgery in China before coming to us. I was reminded of the unusual
circumstances that this daughter of destiny came to us. We were
trying to bring our first adopted daughter’s friend home from China,
but because it was a pre-identified adoption they denied us.
Our paperwork was aging out so our agency told us if we still
wanted to adopt again we should go to websites and view Special Needs
children whom the China government would allow you to pre-identify.
When I saw her picture I knew she was ours.
Later when we went to bring her home a woman also traveling in our
adoption group said that she was praying for over a year that someone
would adopt our daughter. Many times already she could have gone
home to be with the Lord, but each time God has intervened and her
life has been spared for a purpose. Truly her times are in His hands,
not in mine. I trust that God will allow her to live each day He has
allotted for her to serve Him. Ro 8:28.
God is the God of miracles and He has His own way of releasing
those miracles. The Bible tells us, “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.” Pr 3:5, 6.
Some trust in anything other than the Lord. They trust in their own
abilities, in cars, horses, money, doctors, etc. There is one thing
you can be sure of in this matter of trust; when we trust in the Lord
everything will come out right.
Many nations who have entered into wars have trusted in the
military might and their weapons of warfare, but there are nations
that have trusted in the Lord and seen great things happen. In war,
tanks and horses will be far left in the dust compared to the hand of
God entering a battle. Many cannot trust beyond what they can see
with their earthly eyes.
In 1917, British Forces marched into Jerusalem to uproot the Turks
who held the city. Edmund “The Bull” Allenby, a Christian, was the
General leading the army. He had concern in his heart for the people
in Jerusalem. He prayed and during his Bible reading he felt he had
an answer of what he was to do. “For thus hath the LORD spoken unto
me, Like as the lion and the young lion roaring on his prey, when a
multitude of shepherds is called forth against him, he will not be
afraid of their voice, nor abase himself for the noise of them: so
shall the LORD of hosts come down to fight for mount Zion, and for the
hill thereof. As birds flying, so will the LORD of hosts defend
Jerusalem; defending also he will deliver it; and passing over he will
preserve it.” Is 31:4, 5.
Edmund knew the emblem of the British was a lion. The Scripture
had said that God would fight for Zion, meaning Jerusalem, as a lion.
He then knew from the Scripture how the battle would be won. He felt
the birds flying meant for them to fly small scout planes over
Jerusalem. They dropped notes in the Turkish language demanding the
Turks to surrender the city. The Turks had never seen an airplane so
they were afraid. They gave up Jerusalem without a fight and the
British watched over the Holy City of Jerusalem until 1948 when Israel
became a nation.
Children have more trust than adults. A child’s trust in God is
reflected in this story. In April of this year a 10 year-old Georgia
boy was released by a kidnapper after he sang praises to God. The boy
was kidnapped in front of his own home while playing. For three hours
while in being held by the kidnapper he sang, “Every praise is to our
God, Every word of worship with one accord,” he sang, “God my savior,
God my healer, God my deliverer, Yes, He is.” The kidnapper got so
mad he cursed him and finally released the boy unharmed out of the
vehicle. Ps 91:2, 3.
Since life on earth is our testing ground for Heaven we must trust
that the trials are preparing us to grow more and gain greater
understanding of Him and His ways. Pr 3:11, 12. He gives us
experiences that cause us to grow and move in His compassion, and ones
that help polish us for Heaven. He loves to stretch us. Sometimes I
have felt like a rubber band that has been stretched to the tightest
place it can reach without breaking. In that place of discomfort His
presence is sweet.
I have learned not to question God when things happen. He knows
our name and address and all that is going on in our lives. He allows
things to happen and He has His own reasons; His will be done. The
best way to walk through adversity is to set your eyes like flint on
Jesus Christ, the Author and Finisher of our faith. Heb 12:2.
Is Jesus Christ the Lord of your life? He is much more than an
earthly king; He is the King of Kings. Can you trust Him? He made
you and He can fix you. Trust Him my friend and you will not be
disappointed. Jer 29:11.