Proverbs 3:5-6 tells us to trust in the Lord with all of our heart. This is so important because if we trust in our hopes, we hope without a clear understanding of the future and we can be disappointed when our hope doesn’t come to pass as we anticipated. When we trust in our endurance or our ability to wait, we always do so with an uncertain expectation as to when or if something might come about. But when we trust in God, we are then trusting in the One who knows the future and with whom there is certainty and who is in absolute control of His timing in our lives such that things come to pass just when and as He intends. Waiting and hoping are things we are expected to do by God, but they are always to be centered in our trust of Him.
Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.
Today by “Jesus Calling” by Sarah Young (3/12)
Waiting, trusting, and hoping are intricately connected, like golden strands interwoven to form a strong chain. Trusting is the central strand, because it is the response of My children that I desire the most. Waiting and hoping embellish the central strand and strengthen the chain that connects you to Me. Waiting for me to work, with your eyes on Me, is evidence that you really do trust Me. If you mouth the words “I trust You” while anxiously trying to make things go your way, your words ring hollow. Hoping is future-directed, connecting you to your inheritance in heaven. However, the benefits of hope fall fully on you in the present.
Because you are Mine, you don’t just pass time in your waiting. You can wait expectantly, in hopeful trust. Keep your “antennae” out to pick up and even the faintest glimmer of My Presence.
“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me.” John 14:1
Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord. Psalm 27:14