Build An Ark: Letters From the Ranch
Trust in the LORD with all your heart and do
not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and
He will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5,6
Trust is defined in Websters New World Dictionary as firm belief
or confidence in the honesty, integrity, reliability, justice, etc. of another
person or thing; faith, reliance.
Trust is built through relationship. My first swimming instructor at a summer
camp I attended as a youth told me, Dive in, Ill make sure you
come up! As I dove in, he moved back, and after what seemed like an
eternity, I sputtered to the surface by myself to hear him say laughingly,
See, I knew youd come up! Immediately I lost my trust
in him, and needless to say I didnt learn to swim that summer.
Jesus is not like that! He is completely trustworthy! Eighteen years ago
the Lord called our family to move to Vermont; a radical move, considering
I had been established in the same job for twenty years. A teacher friend
of mine suggested that it might be good to take a years leave of absence,
just in case it didnt work out. Fortunately I didnt take that
advice, and I have never had to look back and second guess what the Lord
said to me.
Thats what this scripture in Proverbs is talking about. When we trust
in the Lord with all our heart, things dont have to fit together neatly
in our own understanding. The Lord often asks us to trust Him without our
fully understanding every detail; to have faith in Him. To the unbelieving
person that is foolishness, but scripture promises us that if we will trust
Him completely, and acknowledge that He is Lord of each and every detail,
He will direct our paths and make them straight, and lead us in righteousness.
Only He knows the end from the beginning; only He knows the plans He has
for us, plans for welfare and not for calamity
to give you a future and a hope (Jer. 29:11).
Know therefore that the LORD your God, He is
God, the faithful God, who keeps His covenant and His lovingkindness to
a thousandth generation with those who love Him and keep His commandments
(Deut. 7:9) It is as we trust Him and in faith do the things He asks
that we experience the truth that He is faithful and completely trustworthy.