Trust with All Your Heart
Do you trust God with all your heart? Or do you withdraw your trust when things start looking gloomy? That’s what we so often do. But trusting when things are going well is not really trusting, is it? Trusting starts when things get rough, don’t you think? That’s exactly when we need to decide to trust God. We are to live by faith and not by sight. This is time to put faith in action.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart;
don’t rely on your own intelligence.
(Proverbs 3:5, CEB,*)
With the words of Jerry Bridges “Trust is not a passive state of mind. It is a vigorous act of the soul by which we choose to lay hold on the promises of God and cling to them despite the adversity that at times seeks to overwhelms us.” Trust is a choice and we need to make it every day. We can choose to say no to fear and yes to God. Then we are ready to meet the demands of the day.
Andrew Murray encourages us this way “Give God His glory by resting in Him, by trusting Him fully, by waiting patiently for Him. This patience honours Him greatly. It leaves Him, as God on the throne, to do His work. It yields self wholly into His hands. It lets God be God.” And that’s how things should be. As Jack Hyles has said “There is no greater joy in the Christian life than to trust Him and need no explanation.”
Those who know your name trust you
because you have not abandoned
any who seek you, Lord.
(Psalm 9:10, CEB,*)
Trusting gets easier as we get to know God better and better. God is trustworthy. God keeps his promises. God wants the best for us. The more we experience God in our lives, the readier we are to trust when things seem to be out of control. Because then we know God is in control despite of how things may look. Our job is to trust God with all our heart and rest in God while storms rage.
Let us pray with the words of B.J. Hoff:
Give us Lord,
a special faith, unlimited and free,
A faith that isn’t bound by what we know or what we see…
A faith that trusts the sunshine even when there is no light,
a faith that hears the morning song’s soft echo in the night…
A faith that somehow rises past unhappiness or pain,
Knowing that in every loss Your goodness will remain…
A faith that finds Your steadfast love sufficient for all things,
A faith that lifts the heart above and gives the spirit wings.
Q4U: Do you trust God with all your heart?
Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you experience God’s tender loving care and learn to trust him without reservations!
* [As you might have noticed, I enjoy reading the Bible in different translations and love comparing them. I have started linking the Bible verses to Biblegateway.com so you can easily read (and compare) them in the different versions I’ve used while preparing each post.].
Image courtesy of Mari-Anna Stålnacke. Linking up today with Dance with Jesus, Faith-filled Fridays, Five Minute Friday, and WordswithWinter.
9 thoughts on “Trust with All Your Heart”
Wow. That Andrew Murray quote is powerful. Thanks for sharing!
You’re welcome, Sarah! Yes, I thought so too. We’re so blessed to have saints to encourage along the way! God bless you!
Trust is so much easier for me to counsel others yet played out like a tug-of-war game with me and God. Only I seem to be the only one trying to tug it away. Thanks for the encouragement.
YES! I know what you mean! But each time I let go and let God I learn to trust a bit more. We do need encouragement along the way. Thanks for sharing the journey with me! Blessings upon blessings!
You’re right, it is easier to trust God when things are going well but much much harder when things look gloomy. God isn’t going to let us down! We need to remember that. Great post-found you through Dancing with Jesus link up this morning!
Yes, God isn’t going to let us down! That is such an awesome blessing! Thanks, Anastasia! Blessings to you!
Hello Mari-Anna. I’m a Five Minute Friday friend. I love your verses and the quotes here. I’m reading “Trusting God” by Jerry Bridges right now. Loved this prompt because it is so thought provoking!
Thanks, Betsy! That is a really good book! The prompt gets us into the thick of our faith, I think. May God continue to bless you and keep you!