TRUST IN THE LORD!

Trust by Stuart Miles

The other day, I was meditating on Proverbs 5:6-7 which says, “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not to thine own understanding. Acknowledge Him in all thy ways, and He will direct thy paths.” TRUST. “Trust” was the word that jumped out at me and the question came to mind, “What does that really mean for believers?”

The definition of trust according to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary is “assured reliance on the character, ability, strength, or truth of someone or something.” Trust must have an object. God is the object of our trust as believers. He is well worth putting our trust in because He has never failed us, and He never will.

When we trust in God with all our heart, that means that we will not allow anything to separate us from His love (Romans 8:39). When tragedy strikes, we cling to God for dear life. We still believe in the impeccability of God’s character no matter what. Trusting God with all your heart means you know without a doubt God is good, His Word is true, and He cannot lie!

So when we as believers really put our TRUST in God and we say out of our mouths, “God, I trust you!” that means we are making several declarations simultaneously:

  1. We trust that He loves us unconditionally. God said in Jeremiah 31:3, “I have loved you with an everlasting love.” His love is so vast and so deep, and it never ceases. When you know your Daddy loves you, you can rest assured that He will do everything in His power to make sure that you are well taken care of.
  2. We trust that He absolutely has our best interests at heart. You can trust that God is for you. Romans 8:31 says, “If God is for us, who can be against us?” He says, “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” (Jeremiah 29:11) Therefore, we know that we can rest in our heavenly Father’s good intentions toward us.
  3. We trust that He knows what He is doing no matter what it looks like. Trusting God entails our belief that God is executing His divine plan even though things aren’t necessarily going the way we planned. Even if we don’t understand and have unanswered questions, when we trust Him, we can rest in knowing that He has all the answers and is working everything out for our good (Romans 8:28).
  4. We trust that He will always keep His Word. The Bible says, “All of the promises of God in [Jesus] are yes and amen” (II Corinthians 1:20). Numbers 23:9 says, “God is not a man, that He should lie, or a son of man, that He should change His mind. Does He speak and not act? Does He promise and not fulfill?” Therefore you can trust God to be a promise keeper. He will never fail to do what He says He will do!

Are you trusting in the Lord today? God is certainly trustworthy, and He will never let you down. No matter what you are going through today, know that God loves you, He is looking out for you, He knows what He’s doing in your life, and He will keep His Word to you. You can fully rely on Him and know that those who put their trust in Him will never be ashamed (Isaiah 49:23).

What are you trusting God for today? Please leave a comment below.

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HOW TO MANAGE YOUR EXPECTATIONS AND KEEP YOUR PEACE

Accusation by Ambro

God has been really impressing on me to release some things lately, mainly my expectations of others. My mom once said this profound statement: “Lower your expectations of others. Raise your expectations of yourself.” Although when she said it I may not have liked it, but I never forgot it. And now that I am older, it’s just starting to sink in. She was right. When I lower my expectations of others and raise my expectations of myself, the judgmentalism stops, and I maintain my peace. I’d like to share some other ways you can put this into practice.

RELEASE EXPECTATIONS ABOUT YOUR STANDARDS
We all have standards, and sometimes we expect others to adopt our standards. When they don’t, we get annoyed and tend to lose our peace. For example, you may have set the standard for yourself to show up on time for meetings. But what if your colleague does not show up on time? How can you reframe your thinking in such a way as to not lose your peace? We have to remember that they may not have the same values. Everyone doesn’t think like we think. Maybe promptness wasn’t given a priority in their home where they grew up. Maybe there was an unfortunate mishap that kept them from being on time. Whatever the case may be, we have to lower our expectations of others and raise our expectations of ourselves. Let’s be led by the Spirit in what actions we take, refrain from judgment and take the behavior in stride instead of taking it personally. That is what we must do if we want to stay in peace.

GIVE PEOPLE MARGIN
I am also learning to raise my expectations of myself in the sense that I try to give people margin and lower my expectations of others by not expecting them to be perfect. Colossians 3:12-13 says, “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.” If we are to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace (Ephesians 4:3), we have to be long-suffering and forbearing with each other. We have to be forgiving and willing to overlook offenses and believe the best. That’s hard sometimes. But we can do it with the help of the Lord, and if we know who we are in Christ, we can and will choose the high road that God has called us to travel.

RECOGNIZE HOW HARD IT IS TO BE A HUMAN BEING
Furthermore, we have to recognize how hard it is to be a human being in this life. Let’s face it. We all come from dysfunctional families. All of us are capable of being deceived by the devil. When we get saved, we have the huge job of renewing our mind after we have been programmed wrong for years! To be a decent, law-abiding, functional citizen of the Kingdom is a huge challenge. We all are swimming against the current just like a trout swimming upstream. In the same way, the forces of hell are arrayed and working against all of us with the goal of dividing us, destroying us and keeping us from fulfilling the plan of God for our lives. Therefore, we need to raise our expectations of ourselves, lower our expectations of others, give one another a break and pray for each other!

Saints, we have to keep in mind that every one of us is a work in progress. Hebrews 10:14 says, “For by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy.” Thank God that in Christ we are covered by the blood while we are being sanctified. If we can hold on to that thought, we will be able to maintain our peace and joy even when people don’t live up to our expectations.

What are your thoughts about managing your expectations? In what area do you need to raise your expectations of yourself to improve your life? Please leave a comment below.

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