Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
Situations such as the loss of a job, a sick child, or the death of a loved one present challenges to our faith where we may find it hard to trust God. Of course we know on an intellectual basis that we should trust God. However, when our backs are up against the wall, when we don’t know what to do next, or when we feel like giving up, the practical aspects of trusting God can be difficult.
We may think, “Sure, I am trusting God.” But can we truly trust God and worry about the outcome at the same time? When we panic, there is something inside us that is screaming, “This is wrong!” We may not want to admit it, but in these moments we are not trusting God. We feel that something is wrong and it needs to be corrected, immediately!
Usually, after we have spent much time and energy, we come to grips with what happened. We may not like it but we end up seeing God’s goodness in the situation. Our testimony becomes, “God brought us out. He is our deliver.”
When we are experiencing trying situations, what if we could fast forward in our minds to that place where we come to grips with our situation and we trust God? What if we, in the midst of our circumstances, decide that we are going to trust God AND NOT WORRY about the outcome? That would be great, you may be thinking. But how do we get there.
The answer is found in the second part of our scripture for today; “lean not unto thine own understanding.” The reason we worry and panic is because, according to our understanding, the situation is wrong and it is bad. It does not make sense to our understanding when “wrong” and “bad” things happen to us, particularly if we are God’s children.
Part of our problem is that we do not see the big picture, but God does. We cannot begin to understand how the loss of an innocent life could be part of God’s plan, or how broken relationships and heartache are part of God’s purpose for our lives. The truth of the matter is, we may never understand. We are not asked to understand God, we are asked to trust Him.
Lord, help me to trust You in every area of my life. I want to trust You in the good times as well as the bad times. Help me to not depend so much on my understanding but to depend on Your love for me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.