The Trust Factor, Part I
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct (make smooth or straight) your paths. Proverbs 3:5,6
My father told me a story on his deathbed about a Jewish boy named Saul whose father asked him to jump off the porch and he would catch him. The young lad was afraid as his father urged him to jump, saying, "Trust me son, I'll catch you." The boy, although reluctant, jumped and the father moved out of the way and the boy fell on his face. The boy looked up at his father and said, "Why didn't you catch me?" The father answered and said, "I am teaching you a valuable lesson, don't ever trust anyone!"
Well, my father was right, because soon after his death two of his closest friends tried to come in to take the family business. The problem is, this little story is for those of the world, who in fact don't trust anyone, and they are right too because there is only One who can be totally trusted with your life, the Lord Jesus Christ! The world will use you and as the song says, they will abuse you and want to be abused by you. Lets face it, it is a dog eat dog world, but we as born again believers are not of this world and we live in a supernatural realm of the Spirit whose Source is the Most High in which we receive all things according to His word!
Our provision, healing, deliverance, and the knowledge, wisdom and discernment that we need to survive comes through prayer and supplication, supplied in abundance by our heavenly Father. We are simply not of this world and as the world in which we now live begins to pass away we need all the more to trust in His promises for us to be able to endure those things which are about to take place.
Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, and whose hope is the Lord. For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, which spreads out its roots by the river, and will not fear when the heat comes; but its leaf will be green. And will not be anxious in the year of drought, nor will cease from yielding fruit. Jeremiah 17:7,8
Your servant in Christ, Tim Laughlin