Trust {a seemingly appropriate topic with which to begin the new year}

Trust.  Why is it so difficult?  Because it means letting go of controlling my world.  It means not demanding that things always go my way.  It means accepting what comes my way, whether it is ordained or allowed by God, because as a friend pointed out to me once, nothing happens to me that hasn’t already passed through HIS hands.  And EVERYTHING about HIM is TRUSTWORTHY.  This is the rational, logical thinking behind the decision to trust my Heavenly Father.

Partly, it’s my little personal emotional feelings that get in the way.  I want to feel good and never have to suffer!  But while emotions can rule in a bad way, Christ wonderfully made it possible for us to be touched in our emotions by His Spirit so that even they can be blessed and guided by Him.  And His Spirit moving and touching us proves to us His nearness and involvement in our personal lives.  As far my purely human emotions, however, I cannot rely on them for they are given to change – often on a whim!  While we are made up of emotions, will and intellect, we cannot let our EMOTIONS be in charge, for they, just as the will and intellect, must come under the lordship of Christ.

And, just as the determined will of a person can accomplish amazing achievements, it’s also a very formidable obstacle to trust.  The strong, stubborn will gets in the way of our walk with God – for it doesn’t want to lose control.  But while we are made up of emotions, will, and intellect, we cannot let our WILL rule either, for it, just as the emotions and the intellect, must come under the lordship of Christ.

And, I am so very thankful for the intellect, the ability to think and reason and discern, for I find myself turning to the very obvious fact that there HAS to be a CREATOR of all that IS.  A creation demands a Creator.  Many intellectual people reason their way out of believing in God because they ask “where did God come from?”.  And while anything that has a beginning requires a cause, there is nothing irrational about an Eternal God Who does not have a beginning because He does not require a cause (nothing or no one is required to have caused Him to come into existence).  And while many intellectuals come to opposing conclusions, true intellectualism should bring you to truth, which is embodied in Jesus Christ.  And…while we are made up of emotions, will, and intellect, we cannot let our INTELLECT alone rule, for it, just as the emotions and the will, must come under the lordship of Christ.

 

And so we are an amazing creation of God – comprised of the will, the intellect and the emotions, all of which must come under the lordship of He Who so incredibly and amazingly designed them all – and designed them to be properly and appropriately used.

 

And so, I choose to TRUST in GOD.

I thought of this hymn today…

  1. When we walk with the Lord in the light of His Word,
    What a glory He sheds on our way!
    While we do His good will, He abides with us still,
    And with all who will trust and obey.

    • Refrain:
      Trust and obey, for there’s no other way
      To be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.
  2. Not a shadow can rise, not a cloud in the skies,
    But His smile quickly drives it away;
    Not a doubt or a fear, not a sigh or a tear,
    Can abide while we trust and obey.
  3. Not a burden we bear, not a sorrow we share,
    But our toil He doth richly repay;
    Not a grief or a loss, not a frown or a cross,
    But is blessed if we trust and obey.
  4. But we never can prove the delights of His love
    Until all on the altar we lay;
    For the favor He shows, for the joy He bestows,
    Are for them who will trust and obey.
  5. Then in fellowship sweet we will sit at His feet,
    Or we’ll walk by His side in the way;
    What He says we will do, where He sends we will go;
    Never fear, only trust and obey.

Words: John H. Sam­mis

Music: Dan­iel B. Town­er

Read the story behind the hymn…here

And perhaps one of my other posts about trust…here.