2 Corinthians 5:17
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold all things have become new.
Just over a month ago, I was getting out of the shower, getting ready for church. As I picked up the towel to dry off, Proverbs 3:5 (NKJV) came to me.
5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
6 In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths.
I paused for a couple seconds, pondering the clarity of the message. Trust in the Lord. At that point in my walk, I didn’t really understand what trusting the Lord meant. But it was a message I needed to hear. I recognized that I didn’t know many scripture verses given that I was a new believer. But this was one that I was familiar with, and I felt compelled to hear it.
Later that morning, I went to church, and as the worship service ended, and the pastor came to give the sermon. He gave his usual opening announcements about the church, asked us to greet our neighbors, and then he began: “Open your Bibles. Proverbs Chapter 3 is where we’re going this morning.”
Throughout the sermon, and since then, it’s become clear to me that God wants our trust. He wants us to know that He is in control, that He is sovereign, and that He loves us. Beyond simply understanding these things is what we do with that knowledge. Do we trust God with everything? Or do we give lip service to trust and rely on our own understanding to navigate the world, the choices we face, and the ways that we serve?
I think it’s important to gauge where we are in terms of trusting the Lord. That’s what God asked me to do that morning, and I think He’s asking each of us to do so in our own ways. Though at times it may be difficult to trust, putting unfettered trust in the Lord produces fruit. I invite you today to inquire inside where you are in trusting the Lord, and what it means to trust the Lord within everything.
Psalm 143:8 (NIV)
Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love,
for I have put my trust in you.
Show me the way I should go,
for to you I entrust my life.
17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. 18 Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, 19 that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.