Women's Ministries

Trusting God…

I recently heard a quote that was spoken by Ernest Hemingway, who said, “The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them.”

Sounds easy enough, right?

But trust is one of the most difficult attributes to give to others.

I literally just shuddered in my chair as the eerie past whispers of ex-boyfriends haunted my ears. “Just trust me….” they would say. Trying to convince me to give in to physical desires and cross the boundaries I had set for myself. I wanted to wait until marriage to enter into a physical relationship and it was extremely important to me. How like the devil to make me feel shame in telling those boys “NO!” How ridiculous was my high school self to allow their dishonor of me, make me feel unworthy!  Seriously people…that’s twisted!!!  It took a long time to realize that I had nothing to feel shame about. On the day of my wedding (28 years ago thank you very much!), I knew that I would give all of myself to my new husband and I was proud of that. And God washed away all that shame!

{FYI to any of you reading this who are holding strong to your convictions to remain a virgin until you get married…keep holding strong! Anyone who makes you feel less than for your convictions is not someone you need to put your trust in. Walk. Away! And if you have crossed those boundaries, you can still come back from them. It only takes one step toward the Lord to reconnect with Him. When you feel far from Him, quite frankly my friend, it is you that have walked away. The courage to bring yourself back to the Lord is worth it!}

And giving our trust and putting complete trust in God, the Creator of the Universe, our salvation ~ that can be downright scary sometimes! And that’s if we actually believe that there is a God in heaven who created the world and is a part of the Trinity of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

And how do we trust someone we cannot see? So many questions and so many doubts can be raised on a daily basis. But for every question, there is an answer.

The Bible is full of examples of what happens when we trust God and what happens when we don’t. One of most oft quoted verses in the Bible regarding trust are these:  Proverbs 3:5-6  AMP ~ “Trust in and rely confidently on the Lord with all your heart and do not rely on your own insight or understanding. In all your ways know and acknowledge and recognize Him, And He will make your paths straight and smooth [removing obstacles that block your way].”

But how do we trust in the Lord with our OWN heart but not rely on our OWN insights?

Psalm 40:8 ~ “I delight to do Your will, O my God; Your law is within my heart.”

Psalm 51:10 ~ “Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a right and steadfast spirit within me.”
Psalm 73:26 ~ “My flesh and my heart may fail, But God is the rock and strength of my heart and my portion forever.”

When our heart is aligned with the Lord and what He teaches us and how we obey Him is what makes it possible to trust in the Lord with our whole heart ~ because our heart is filled with Him and not our own prideful attitudes when we surrender our life to Him.

When reading the verses in Proverbs 3, I think you really need to read the whole chapter but at least the two verses that follow (vs. 7-8), Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the Lord [with reverent awe and obedience] and turn [entirely] away from evil. It will be health to your body [your marrow, your nerves, your sinews, your muscles—all your inner parts] and refreshment (physical well-being) to your bones.

Our family watches a lot of movies (A LOT!) and I will unabashedly admit that I truly enjoy all of the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movies. When I’m cleaning house or folding laundry, I’ll flip on the tv and find something that can just be playing in the background while I putter around the house. And if there is one of those movies playing, on it goes! So this past Saturday, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies came on and I let it play. I stopped during one of the scenes and had an interesting bit of insight between that scene in the movie and how my relationship with the Lord is sometimes.

The dwarves are fighting the orcs and the orcs appear to be winning. The dwarves have been cornered on tree filled precipice on the mountain with no where to go. So up into the trees they go. Oh, and the area is also on fire. The main dwarf is making sure his comrades are safe and he stays on the ground to fight the main orc and actually cuts off the hand of said orc. But he still receives a blow from that disgusting creature that slams him to the ground, unconscious. The orc thinks he has won.

Okay…do you need a break for a minute from my “Hobbit” geekdom? It’s okay, I get that a lot.

Just as you hear the crackling of the trees because they are on fire and you think the poor dwarf warriors are going to be cast down over the cliff and die, these HUGE eagles fly in and gently pick each of them off their precarious perches and fly to safety. Relief! The orcs of course are livid but you can imagine how thankful the dwarves are to have been rescued. But wait, after flying for a bit, one by one the eagles set each one down on the level area of a very tall mountain top. Really? They couldn’t have put them down on the ground amidst the green grass and the flowing river. That doesn’t seem like such a great rescue after all. Until one of the dwarves remarks, “Well, would you look at that!” Because of where they are standing, and how high up in the sky they are positioned, they are able to see clearly to a far off mountain and proclaim, “Home.”

So why did I share this with you? Well, I love it when movies tie into something the Lord is trying to teach me. Having a visual representation of the point I’m trying to get across helps too.

How many times in our life, or maybe just this week, does the Lord allows us to be fighting a battle. One where we feel that at any moment we will not make it to the next day. We have nothing left in our heart and soul to fight the evil principalities. We feel so small while we fight the intensity of the spiritual realms. Let me be clear….

Satan. Never. Ever. Ever. Wants. You. To. Win. Ever.

You ARE fighting a battle ~ but you ARE already victorious!!  You WILL win!!

Trusting in the Lord is how He rescues us; “with wings of eagles” He comes to us and whisks us away. He gives us the respite we need and we feel the calming breeze of the Holy Spirit wash over us. We are His delight and we can feel it as He rescues us.

But how quickly we can forget those feelings when God sets us down somewhere we don’t think is fair and right! We just fought a battle…we seriously don’t want to have to climb DOWN a steep mountain of emotions and difficult circumstances.

Oh, but the view!

The Lord doesn’t waste anything my friend! He will “set us down” in a new place most often because He wants us to gain a new perspective on our situation. One that we hadn’t noticed before, but has more than likely been there all along.

The Lord is mostly assuredly trustworthy. He will never lead you astray or convince you to do something you shouldn’t. If you’ve never trusted the Lord before, or if you are having some trouble currently in trusting Him, give it a shot. You’ll never the joy of wholeheartedly trusting in the Lord if you don’t take that first step…and trust Him!

Trust me…it’s worth it!

Blessings,

René

proverbs 3 v 5 and 6 with eagles

 

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