January 7

Can You Trust God?

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

This was one of my mom’s favorite scriptures and she quoted it frequently. I lost my beautiful Mom on January 5, 2021, not even a year ago. She was my best friend and an inspiration to me. After she went to be with her best friend, Jesus, my sister and brother and I divided up her things. One of the items I was fortunate to receive was the cross that my mom wore every day. My sister and I had given it to her on one of her birthdays and she never took it off.

Earlier this year, I was wearing Mom’s cross while shopping. I walked from my car to the store, walked all around the store, got my things, went back out to the car and went to work. Just after I got to work I realized that the chain holding my Mom’s cross had broken and the cross was not around my neck or anywhere on me. I went out to the car and searched but to no avail. As I drove back to the store, mom’s favorite scripture came to mind. Throughout my searching, I wasn’t worried or upset. I just told Jesus that I would like to get my Mom’s cross back, but more importantly I wanted His will to be done in my life that day no matter if I got the cross back or not.

I parked close to where I had parked earlier that morning and walked into the store the same way I had before. I walked up and down the same aisles. I also found a sweet lady who worked there and told her my story. Turns out, she was a fellow Christian and I prayed with her about something that was on her heart. I didn’t find the cross in the store. I walked out and followed the same steps I had taken earlier in the morning and as I got to the door of my car, I looked down and there it was RIGHT BY MY DOOR! God is so good!

These verses reveal some important things about trusting God: The matter of trust is an all or nothing thing. Notice how many times the word “all” is used. The command to trust precedes the promise. Blessing comes after trust is expressed. The promise is conditional. Unlike many of the unconditional promises in the Bible, this promise of direction is given only to those who exercise trust in God.

Prayer for today: Prayer for today: Dear Jesus, Emmanuel, please help me to trust You even when it’s difficult to see how the circumstances can be turned  around for good. Give me eyes to see where You want to use me to help others. Please give me boldness to acknowledge You to others. Help me to     give You my worry and relax in Your love. In Your holy and wonderful name,     Amen.

Personal Prayer: “Lord, I want to please You! What do You want me to do to help make the dreams of our church come true?”