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Chosen to trust in Christ

Chosen to trust in Christ

I don't know about you, but I have always had an issue with trusting. It comes from people in my life not keeping the promise they have made to me. I remember this one person in particular, who was a "big sister." She was continually breaking our plans. Even when she promised she would make it to an event or that we would definitely go, it would never fail a few hours before the phone would ring, and it would be her saying something had come up. It came to a point where I couldn't trust what she said. My mom made a lot of promises that she ended up breaking as well. I even had a classmate that would elaborate and, do I mean, elaborate on the stories she told. There were even a couple of times where she lied straight to my face. This was a prevalent thing for me to deal with in school with my other so-called friends.

I don't do well with trusting people, and I believe that you might feel the same way. Someone or some event happened at some point in your life that made you not want to trust people, and you question everything they say. So, we start only trusting in ourselves and pushing everyone else away in some way or another.

The thing is that this goes against what God says. He says that our trust should be in Him and Him alone. Proverbs:5-6 says that we are to trust in the Lord with all our heart. This means with everything we have. It also stated not to lean on our own understanding. We are to rest totally on Christ.

We live in a fallen world that is so broken. When we decide to put our trust in the things of this world, it will let us down. As followers of Christ, we are only to put our trust in Jesus Christ. not in our spouse, parents, or teachers; we aren't even to put our trust in our government; it's made up of men (and women).

God says that when we put our faith in humanity, we become cursed, and our hearts turn from God. We become like a bush in the desert with no water and become stony wastes in the wilderness. (Jeremiah 17:5-6) Yet when we choose to put our faith in Christ and trust the Lord with all our minds, heart, and soul, we will be blessed! (Jeremiah 17:7-8)

I know that trusting God isn't easy, especially right now when all you are hearing is the lies of the devil. He is in the news and whispering in your ear how terrible things are and how you can't trust anyone. How bad things are getting in the capital, and what about the riots, and let's not forget the fact that COVID is out there! Yep, nothing but fear and despair. And it's only going to get worse. If we look to our government and elected officials, our ground gets totally shaken. (Proverbs 28:25 & 29:25)

But here's the bottom line, my trust isn't and has never been in the people who run this country. My trust isn't in the doctors or teachers. My trust isn't even in my husband, who I love (and do trust) very much. God said that if I am a believer of the one true King, then my trust needs to be in Him and only Him. (Proverbs 16:20 & 22:19)

Trusting the Lord is what we have been called to do as believers in the one true God. It's not easy, especially with all these distractions that are in the world today. I confess I have my moments when my trust falters. It can be easy to do at times. But we need to stop focusing on what is going on around us and start focusing on who we are. God told us that things are going to get a lot worse before they get better. It happened over and over in the Old Testament with the Israelites. When I read some of the stories from when the Israelites were wandering in the wilderness and crying out and complaining and yelling, I see that they were miserable. When they shut their mouths and rested in and trusted the one true God, things changed for them (Exodus).

It's the same with us when we put our rest and trust in Him; He shows us the way. It doesn't always happen as fast as we want it, but it does happen. We are to trust in Him, our loving Father, at all times (Psalm 62:8). When we keep our focus on Jesus Christ and trust in His word (the Bible), He will be there in times of trouble. He is our strength and shield (Psalm 28:7).

Jesus Christ is the only one that you can and should put your trust in, for He is always faithful. (Psalm 52:8)

I have struggled, and even writing this wasn't easy. I know that sometimes the lies of men are so much bigger than our trust in Christ Jesus. I encourage you to turn off the tv to stop listening to the naysayers and open up the Living Word of God, and put your focus there. I promise you that when you do, your trust in the Lord God almighty will grow. And though your problems won't go away, you will be able to find the peace that only comes from resting in the everlasting arms of Jesus by trusting Him and Him alone.

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