Lessons in Trust (December)

by Julia Duffy

“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 path.” Proverbs 3:5-6

When you learn to trust in the Lord, you feel like you are being held by an amazing, strong power. That power is God! Deuteronomy 33:27 says, “The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms.” Imagine that you are five years old again and you wanted to show your daddy how you can go across the monkey bars without any help. You get half way and you can’t go any further, your arms hurt, and the ground seems so far away. Then you hear your daddy’s voice; “It is okay daughter, I will catch you. Just let go and trust me.” You can’t see your daddy, but you know that he is there; you know that he loves you and will catch you. You finally decide to let go because you don’t have any more strength to hold on. You feel like you are falling for a split second, then you feel your daddy’s big, strong hands holding you.

“But I trust in you, O LORD; I say, ‘You are my God.'”
{Psalm 31:14}

In a similar way, it is a peaceful time when you know that your heavenly Father is there. I have been feeling like that; I can sense something powerful holding me, wrapping me in His amazing love!

“But I trust in your unfailing love;
my heart rejoices in your salvation.”
{Psalm 13:5}

Psalms is an amazing book in the Bible. These songs are such praises to God, and it shows David was a normal human being, with feelings, who was also scared at times, who needed to learn how to trust in the Lord, and who also failed, sinned and repented before the Lord.

“When I am afraid, I will trust in you.”
{Psalm 56:3}

Also, I love reading about David in I & II Samuel and in I Kings. His stories are so adventure-filled, and when you read his words, you can sense what David was feeling when he wrote them. Don’t you think that you would be scared if a king and his army was hunting you down, when all you had ever been to the king was a friend?! Don’t you think that you would be crying out to the Lord for His help? “From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I” (Psalm 61:2). I think that this was a part of David’s test; God was teaching him how to trust in Him. God had a plan for David, but David needed to trust in God so that God could use him.

That is the same for you and me. We need to learn to have complete trust in the Lord, so that He can begin to teach and use us! Life is a learning process – there is never a time when you are not learning something. When you are a baby, you learn to crawl, walk, talk and climb. When you get older you start to learn your colors, numbers, alphabet, and how to read and write. God does the same, He gives us little things at first and then they get harder and harder. He wants to know if we really love Him and if we will do anything He asks of us. I must admit I can feel God working and stretching me. I don’t want to resist His teaching hand. I am saying, “Yes, Lord!”

“The Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.
Grace be with you. Amen.”
{2 Timothy 4:12}

Julia Duffy (14)
{Guest Writer}

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