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Trust In The Lord With All Our Heart

  By Lois J. Stucky (1928 - 2014)

    “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding” (Prov. 3:5).  What good and gracious instruction this is in days like these with issues which baffle the understanding of even the wisest.  “Trust in Me,” says the God of infinite knowledge and wisdom.  What a load it lifts from the burdened heart if we focus on God’s promises rather than on the problems.  It is the faithful and able God who gives us His Word:  “In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths” (v. 6).  We can count on it.  We can trust Him to bring His will to pass.  We can rest in that loving and just will.  

    All of us have need to trust in the Lord with all our heart:  parents striving to maintain a God-glorifying home for the family in spite of devilish attacks from ­every side; business and professional people and every laborer wanting to exemplify Christian integrity amidst deteriorating practices of a decadent ­society; pastors and other Christian workers seeking to fulfill a ministry to those under their care who face the seemingly insoluble in their lives; all of us pierced to the heart by the violence and tragedy which the news brings to us daily from many countries around the world.  

    And who knows what is ahead?  Lessons of trust learned now will help us meet whatever comes.  “If thou hast run with the footmen, and they have ­wearied thee, then how canst thou contend with horses? And if in the land of peace, wherein thou trustedst, they wearied thee, then how wilt thou do in the swelling of Jordan?” (Jer. 12:5).  

    Many of us acknowledge that we are not strong in ourselves.  We are not of naturally noble character or of abounding energy.  Yet God tells us through the Apostle Paul, “...Be strong...” (Eph. 6:10).  How?  He tells us how to be strong:  “in the Lord, and in the power of His might.”  God offers Himself to be our strength!  In Him there is divine dynamo.  

    This abounding life and strength is ours by the indwelling Holy Spirit.  Being filled with the Holy Spirit is a marvelous privilege and an absolute necessity if we are to victoriously meet the challenges of today for our own selves and to do our part to advance the kingdom of God according to His will and pleasure.  

    Apart from appropriating this provision which God made, of the Holy Spirit’s fullness, we will barely keep up, maybe fall behind and perhaps eventually be out of the race altogether – especially concerning the fulfillment of that which God has placed in our hands to do for Him.  We will be unfit to take our place in the battle for revival in the church and the evangelization of the world.  It is imperative that we pray and believe and meet the conditions for the fullness of the Holy Spirit as a daily experience! 

By God’s Enabling!

    Though we may feel we have little to offer to the Lord for the spiritual battle today, let us feast our souls on the Word of God, grow ever stronger in the faith, make the promises our own, and do exploits for God.  This will likely not be on the scale in which some do exploits, but how precious if we get one soul, two souls, three souls into the kingdom of God.  There will be great joy in heaven!  There will be immeasurable, eternal benefit to the soul or souls helped.  Think what if our faith takes effect for revival!  How many revival sweeps into the kingdom!  Might God enable us all to lay hold of His promises and trust Him for mighty movings of the Holy Spirit throughout our land and the world.  

    Perhaps you are doing something God has given you to do, but when you look around, you see others whom you feel could do it so much better than you.  Their abilities and personalities far surpass yours.  Do not grow faint-hearted.  The truth might be that they are so strong they would depend on their own strength to do your work if it were in their hands.  Your awareness of your insufficiency and your dependence on God is what He is pleased to bless and use.  The Apostle Paul recognized that when he said, “...When I am weak, then am I strong” (2 Cor. 12:10).