by Impact Church
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6
It’s now January and a new year has dawned. Not long ago the presents were unwrapped, the family dinners were eaten, and the “thank yous” were exchanged. The smell of evergreen still lingers in the air. Perhaps your decorations have already been tucked back into their storage bins and pushed to the back of the attic to eagerly await December 2017’s arrival. Nearly half of all Americans are busy making New Year’s Resolutions to lose weight, save money, and get more organized. But without a doubt all of us are thinking about this new year and what the future may hold. My prayer for us is that 2017 be the year we experience Proverbs 3:5-6 “trusting in the Lord with all of our hearts” like never before.
The weeks before our daughter’s due date were filled with more doctor appointments and fear, on my part, than I would like to admit. The doctors believed that she may be born with complications and as a result we were monitored closely and her scans were sent to neonatal specialists for further review. One night I selected a random book off of our shelf in an attempt to occupy my restless mind temporarily. It fell open to a page with this verse in the center- “Don’t be afraid. Just believe, and your daughter will be well.” (Luke 8:50) Immediately I knew that God was speaking truth to my fearful heart. In this scripture reference, Jairus had just been informed by a servant that his only daughter was dead. In response Jesus gave him this simple, illogical, seemingly inconsiderate instruction. Terror screamed from one side while hope beckoned from the other. Two voices were calling and he had to choose which to believe. He chose to find refuge in the promise of God’s word. He decided to walk in total trust. We did as well. I am thankful to report that our daughter was born with no complications in her body. And in case you were wondering, Jesus did what He promised for Jairus as well. Luke 8:54-55 bears out that Jesus “took her by the hand and said, “My child, get up!” Her spirit returned, and at once she stood up.”
While the Christmas holiday is over, God’s gift to us remains. In Genesis 3:15 God says to Satan, “I will put enmity between you and the woman and between your offspring and hers; He will crush your head and you will strike His heel.” This was God’s first promise that a Savior was coming. And come He did just as God had said. God’s greatest gift to us will always be His Son. It’s through Jesus that we are saved, relationship with The Father is restored, and we are set irrevocably free. But may I submit that Christmas provided one other gift for us as well – proof that God is completely trustworthy.
Trust is defined as a “firm belief in the reliability, truth, ability or strength of something.” In the Old Testament alone there are no less than 76 references to trusting God. But the Bible doesn’t just instruct it; it’s brimming over with concrete proof that God is worthy of it. Noah, Abraham, Esther, and Paul, to name but a few, placed their total trust in God and not one of them was disappointed in the end. The evidence of God’s trustworthiness is beautifully weaved throughout the pages of their story and ours alike. “Being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 1:6) His nature is that of a good Father who loves and labors on behalf of His beloved. As we learn more, let’s lean more; He will never leave a job unfinished.
As we look ahead to all that this year may hold let’s resolve in our hearts now, at the starting line, to walk in total trust giving Him our hopes, expectations, fears, dreams and questions. Whatever this year may hold the truth is that He has always been, and will always be, entirely trustworthy.
Father, as you reveal more about your character in this New Year stir in us both the desire and the ability to walk in total trust. Thank you for all that you are doing in our lives and in our church. It’s a privilege to be your child. We love you deeply. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
“But blessed is the one who trusts in The Lord, whose confidence is in Him.” (Jeremiah 17:7