Misplaced Trust

Woman Holding Hands over Eyes“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.”         Proverbs 3:5-6 (ESV)

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Jill was a successful businesswoman who built a thriving redecorating business in Australia. In September of 2005, a man claiming to be the minister of Health for Nigeria wrote an email to Jill asking for her help in redecorating several hospitals in Nigeria. In spite of being a very savvy businesswoman, Jill fell prey to what turned out to be an elaborate scam, eventually losing over $300,000, her business and finally her marriage.

Jill lost her money, not because of greed, but because of misplaced trust.

This Proverb tells us that we are to trust in the Lord…not our own understanding. God is the only one who possesses all knowledge. He is the One who possesses all power. Our wisdom, intellect and understanding are simply nothing when compared to God.

This Proverb also tells us to trust in the Lord with all our heart. The Hebrew word used here refers to feelings, the will and also the intellect. It also refers to the center of anything. In other words, we are to trust in the Lord with far more than our mind.

We are to trust Him with our whole being.

Unfortunately, even when we think we are trusting in the Lord, we can unconsciously slip into trusting other things. We can subtly begin to depend on our medical competence, our business acumen, or finally our retirement savings. We forget that the Lord has given each of these to us. Everything we have…we received from Him.

A sure sign of lack of trust is anxiety. When we become anxious, we are trusting in something that is unsure. God alone is worthy to be trusted. He loves us far more than we can imagine and wants only the best for us. As we realize and remember that God loves us, we should willingly put our trust in Him. As we also remember that He is in complete control of everything, we should recognize that there is no reason to be anxious.

Prayer: Lord, show me any area where I am not trusting in You and help me to place all my trust in You and You alone.

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