Simply Trusting

March 5, 2021
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Psalm 56:3 – Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You. (NKJV)

One day, we received a picture of our granddaughter and her husband holding their little two-year-old boy upside down between them. We could see their legs and the boy hanging there, laughing. He was not worried; he knew that his parents would not drop him; he trusted them.

What is trust? The dictionary says, "Firm belief in the reliability, truth, ability or strength of someone or something." Trust grows when we listen to people who tell the truth. If someone promises something and keeps that promise, our trust in that person grows. We all know of people whom we can trust with even our deepest thoughts and worries.

This principle also applies to our God. Trust grows when we listen to God, and when, through prayer, God listens to us. God is not limited by time as we are, and we can trust Him because He knows what is going to happen in the future. We have to learn how to trust God despite all the evidence that the devil uses to try and convince us that He is not trustworthy.

There were so many situations in Biblical times when people failed to trust in God, and as a consequence, things did not go the way that they wanted or expected. In the Old Testament, Jeremiah lived during a period of doom and gloom, and his prophecies did not speak well of people who did not trust in God:

Jeremiah 17:5 – Thus says the Lord: Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his strength, whose heart departs from the Lord. (NKJV)

But then, the Lord follows with this great advice and assurance:

Jeremiah 17:7 – Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, and whose hope is the Lord. (NKJV)

We are assured through faith that we can always put our trust in the Lord. One of my favourite hymns expresses that so well.

    Simply trusting every day,
    Trusting through a stormy way,
    Even when my faith is small;
    Trusting Jesus that is all.

    Trusting as the moments fly,
    Trusting as the days go by,
    Trusting Him whate'er befall,
    Trusting Jesus, that is all.

    Singing, if my way be clear;
    Praying, if the path be drear;
    If in danger, for Him call;
    Trusting Jesus, that is all.
           – Edgar Page Stites (1836 -1921)

Just think about it. When we are in distress, when we have worries, when things don't go the way that we expect them to — even when our world is upside down, just like our little great-grandson in the picture — then we can offer a prayer to the Lord, and He will hear our prayer. All we need to do is simply put our trust in Him.

Prayer: Our Father in heaven, You know when we are struggling; You know when we need comfort from You. We know that through prayer, we can come to You and that we can put all our trust in You. We thank You for this assurance, in Jesus' name. Amen.

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Joel Jongkind <austria67@bmts.com>
Meaford, Ontario, Canada

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  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Another good reminder, Joel.


    Thank you for your words today.


    Thanks. I needed that today. Blessings and have a good weekend.


    Dear Joel,
    “Oh, How Sweet to Trust in Jesus.” Thank you for the devotion, the poem, and the prayer. Jesus is our “Blessed Assurance.”


    Dear Joel,
    Your great-grandson’s trust in his parents was a great way to illustrate the trust we can have in God. I loved the hymn and music as well.


    Joel,
    Your messages are always clear and well written. Thanks for your contributions to this devotional. I enjoy reading your words, inspired by God’s love, to begin my day.
    Blessings.


    Thank you many times for sharing your beautiful message. SO true, confirming God’s message for me much of my strange life here and more intensely I think this past year!!! I am hoping and praying my grandchildren will be safely with Mommy again in the “nest” she prepared for them.


    Hello Joel,
    Thank you for another of your special devotionals. Yes, trusting in our Lord’s help and guidance gives us so much assurance and definitely relieves our fears and anxiety.
    We have such a treasure in trusting the Lord, our ever-loving Saviour. Many blessings to you for your faithful writings.


    Good morning Joel,
    What a great example of trust! It is so true that when we trust God our fear goes away. It sounds so simple, but somehow, we forget so quickly. When we start our day talking with God and reading his Word, it definitely makes a difference how we approach our circumstances. Thank you, the great picture of trust you created to help us to remember to trust in our Lord because he sees the bigger picture and loves us. May you have a great day and enjoy the sunshine. Blessings.


    Dear Joel,
    Thanks so very much once again for a wonderful devotional. I, too, love that hymn. Isn’t it great that we have all these old hymns that God brings back to our memories when we need them!!
    Please keep writing and encouraging all who get your Devotionals!! I’ll forward this one on to my sister who probably needs that word of encouragement today.
    May God continue to bless and keep you always in His care!


    Thank you, Joel, for another special devotional. The writer of the poetry died a few years before I was born, and I remember the hymn my whole life.
    For several years I’ve been serving and TRUSTING the Lord all the way.
    I cannot remember a time I did not put my trust in Him. Oh yes, I sang along as I read it. I may have at least 1 old hymn book in a box in the garage. All I really need to do is use this iPhone that I am using right now. We have a Praise Team at church, and when we rarely ever sing an old hymn we love, we look around and smile and sing our hearts out!!!
    Times change but our Trust in Him grows. Once again, Joel, thank you. God bless you real good and have a blessed weekend.


    Another hymn comes to mind that emphasis another aspect if trust:
    Trust and obey
    for there’s no other way,
    to be happy in Jesus
    but to trust and obey
    Thinks for sharing.


    Always appreciate your family stories and their application, Joel. Look forward someday to having my own great grandchild. Hope helps.

 



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