Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths.
Proverbs 3:5-6 (NKJV)
Trust is one of the most difficult things to deal with. Why should we trust anyone. “What if it is a trick.” Life seems to teach us that we cannot trust because those we know more often than not prove to be untrustworthy. They let us down. It is no surprise then that we have difficulty trusting God whom we cannot see and yet Solomon tells us that we should trust completely in the Lord.
In view of the shackles COVID-19 still has on our lives today, we need a trust that gives us HOPE. Jesus tells us in John 16:33 “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” Because Jesus has overcome the world, we can have hope.
When I was in my teen years I owned and operated a gill netter in Southeast Alaska. An onshore current caused my gill net to get tangled on the beach. I tried everything I could think of to get it free. Nothing worked. I cried out to God to help me; it seemed to me He was my only hope. Suddenly my net came free from the rocks along the shore. This may seem simple to you, but it was big to me and still is today. I learned to trust God because He proved Himself to me in so many ways during those years of commercial fishing. My hopefulness even today comes from my learning to trust that God cares for me. I believe he cares for you too.
Are you struggling with addiction? Cry out to Him. He will help you. Are you afraid of COVID-19? Ask God to keep you safe. He will protect you. Are you having problems in your marriage? Ask God to show you what to do. He will show you the way. He is our hope in these times of struggle. Reach out to Him.
1 Corinthians 15:3b-4 says, “…that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures…” As surely as He “…died…was buried…and…rose again…” He will respond to your need.
Lord God, please give help us in the difficult circumstances of our lives today. Help us to be surrendered to your will and bring hope to our lives today. In Jesus name, amen.