How Sweet it is to Trust in Jesus

Trust.

It isn’t something I am very good at. I tend to see the worst in people and can very easily doubt the words and actions of even the people that care about me the most. Some would say that I have my reasons to and that they are good reasons. And maybe I do.

But I would rather be a person who trusts too easily than someone who doesn’t trust enough.

Unfortunately, my distrust for people tends to carry over into how easily I trust Jesus. It can be hard to grasp the love and devotion God has for us when our only experience with other intelligent beings are other fallen humans living in a sinful world. He is so beyond our wildest dreams that we can’t even begin to understand just how good He is while we are here on earth.

There are a lot of verses that I have had to remind myself to keep coming back to.

Proverbs 3:5-6 says “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”

1 Peter 5:7 says “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”

Isaiah 26:3-4 says ” You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you. Trust in the LORD forever, for the LORD, the LORD himself, is the Rock eternal.”

Jeremiah 29:11 says “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Proverbs 29:25 says “Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the LORD is kept safe.”

Psalms 9:10 says “Those who know your name trust in you, for you, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek you.”

Psalm 118:8 says “It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in humans.”

Psalm 143:8 “Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life.”

We are not the only ones that have struggled to trust in the Lord. In the Bible there are hundreds of people- even His disciples, who knew Him closely and walked through life with Him for a long time- who struggled to trust Christ and that He would always be there for them. Christ has an unconditional love for us that simply cannot be replicated here on earth. Adam and Eve didn’t trust God and made the most detrimental mistake of all. The Israelites struggled to trust and often made mistakes. Sarah struggled to trust and laughed at God. David struggled to trust. Peter struggled to trust. Esther struggled to trust. Every single person in the Bible, recorded or unrecorded, struggled to trust God at some moment in their lives.

Many of those moments were written about, though. Many of the Psalms were people crying out to God to save them and how they were struggling but that they knew that God would come through for them like He had every single time before.

Jeremiah 29:11 is one that I read often because my biggest struggle is often struggling to trust Him about the future. The future of some of my relationships, the future of my career, the future of my academics.

But I realize more and more that He does have a plan for my life and it is a good plan. I may not be able to see it right now and it may hurt in this moment. But one day, I will look back and see just how gracious and loving He has been to me and how He was working all things together for my good and His glory.

It is a battle every day. It is a struggle every moment. And I am continually giving the struggles and the pain to God and making the conscious choice to trust what He does with them. And I promise it is the best decision you will ever make 🙂

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