Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; And lean not unto thine own understanding.
Proverbs 3:5 KJV
Trust or trusting when considered or contemplated upon would usually evoke some sort of paradoxical feelings or emotions in people. This is because the fallen man due to our sinful nature wrestles with the proportions of complete trust and mistrust in ourselves as well as towards others. We tend to find out to our dismay that certain actions based on the decisions we make fail horribly as a result of the underlying issue of trust, mistrust, and also misplaced trust.
The reason for this condition of the heart and the actions that arise from this condition stems from a trail of terrible experiences we may have had in life, such as being cheated on, lied to, abandoned, rejections, broken promises on every level and the list goes on, which usually is a vicious cycle, has left man in a place where he can not truly or authentically trust.
The unfortunate thing about this situation is that we truly want to trust and we want to do this completely without any hindrances or reservations, but we seem to come face to face these walls of limitations mentioned in the paragraph above whenever we want to trust.
So, what is the underlying root cause of the limitations mentioned earlier? The root cause is sin. You see when man sinned in the Garden of Eden, man did not just disobey or rebel against GOD, which by the way was terrible. However, more acute was the fact that man broke the covenant with GOD. Covenant to always be in GOD’S presence, the covenant to mirror GOD’S image or be imagers of GOD’S characteristics and nature on the earth.
As a result of this breaking of the covenant, man became unable to accurately translate the nature of GOD by being responsible, dependable, trustworthy, and reliable into the relationships man now had with each other. Hence we were prone to hurting each other. Now the degree of hurt may vary with individuals, but still, there is a hurting taking place in the hearts of each one of us, and with each hurt, we erect a building block on the wall of the limitation of mistrust.
The questions to ask at this point would be 1. How can we solve this Paradox? 2. Is there a way out, if yes, what must we do, who must we look to for help? All these questions will be addressed briefly in the paragraph below.
Indeed there is a way out! man’s story, our story does not end this way, there is a new chapter to our story! This new chapter begins with a redemption story and our Redeemer is JESUS.
Based on the finished work of JESUS on the cross, we can confidently come to put our complete trust in JESUS and GOD our FATHER. This is because JESUS is truth personified, HE is the true reality of our trust. You see, when JESUS died on the cross HE successfully broke the power of the sin of mistrust from off of us. Therefore, when we put our confidence in GOD based on what JESUS did we can now come to the point of completely trusting those we have in our relationships. For the covenant between GOD and man has been restored in CHRIST JESUS. HALLELUJAH!
Our Bible verse for today states this fact very clearly, advises that we must never lean on or trust in our own understanding, rather our safe and sure place is in trusting completely in the LORD, in HIS word and by the leading of HIS SPIRIT; and with the ability given, we can apply the same trust to others in our relationships.
As we begin to allow ourselves to get in tune to trusting GOD completely with our lives and all that concerns us, we will experience HIS divine ability working in us to pull down the walls of mistrust in our lives.
Ebimobo W. Obasi.
PLEASE PRAY ALONG:
Teach me to trust as You designed me, Lord!
FATHER GOD, thank You for Your gift of trust. I’m so grateful that I don’t have to navigate life on my own. Please teach me to trust the way you designed me to do. First and foremost, help me put my complete and unshakable trust in You and then give me the grace to trust with the measure of trust You have given me for those You have put in my life. Thank you for the healing you are bringing into every relationship. In JESUS MIGHTY NAME!