“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 straight your paths.”  Trust
—Prov 3:5-6
TRUST:  the trait of believing in the honesty and reliability of others; complete confidence in a person or a plan; a trustful relationship; having confidence or faith in.
In the New Testament, trust is synonymous with faith.  Both require a process of belief and a person to believe in.
Trusting is not always easy.  Paul wrote to Timothy, “For therefore we both labour and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Savior of all men, specially of those that believe.” (1 Timothy 4:10 KJV)
Trust is a fragile concept.
We can build trust or we can break trust.
Trust can be sacred to us, but once it has been lost, it becomes shattered.
It takes a long time to earn trust and a split second to lose it.
A violation of trust can cause disillusionment, detours in our spiritual walk and even destruction.
A validation of trust can create hope and healing.
Trust is always based on trustworthiness.
If we place our trust in a person, an organization or a system . . . it probably proved it’s capacity to hold our trust.
Stephen Covey identifies that trust is based on a person and proven process.  He writes, ““Once you create trust—genuine character- and competence-based trust—almost everything else falls into place.” Two preambles of trust:  character and competence.
Proverbs 3:5-6 is one of the more familiar passages regarding trust.  These short verses contain what can be called the treatise of trust.
The Amplified Bible says it this way, “Lean on, trust in, and be confident in the Lord with all your heart and mind and do not rely on your own insight or understanding.  In all your ways know, recognize, and acknowledge Him, and He will direct and make straight and plain your crooked paths.”
Here are some keys to trusting in Him . . .
Lean on Him:  I am able to put all my confidence in Him.  He will never leave.  He will never lie.  He will never lose His passion for me.  He always has my best in mind.  People may discourage us, but God encourages us.  We can lean on Him.
Learn from Him:  He has given us the Holy Spirit to teach us, guide us and assure us. He is our comforter in our times of discomfort.  He is our hope in times of hopelessness.  He is our light in the darkest times.  I can learn from Him.
Lead Me:  In every way . . . EVERY WAY . . . I need to acknowledge Him.  This is hard because I think I know what’s best for me . . . I know what I want . . . I know what I need . . . I know what I deserve.  The bottom line is that I can’t trust myself . . . I can only trust Him.  The hidden message in this verse is that I am always on a crooked path . . . and if I follow Him, recognize Him and acknowledge Him . . . He will make my crooked path straight.
 A little girl and her father were crossing a bridge.
The father was kind of scared so he asked his little daughter:
“Sweetheart, please hold my hand so that you don’t fall into the river.” The little girl said:
“No, Daddy.  You hold my hand.”
“What’s the difference?” Asked the puzzled father.
“There’s a big difference,” replied the little girl.
“If I hold your hand and something happens to me, chances are that I may let your hand go. But if you hold my hand, I know for sure that no matter what happens, you will never let my hand go.”
In any relationship, the essence of trust is not in its binding, but in its bonding.
Trust the bond of His love.

Read the words of this old Hymn.

When we walk with the Lord in the light of His Word, What a glory He sheds on our way!
While we do His good will, He abides with us still, And with all who will trust and obey.
Not a shadow can rise, not a cloud in the skies, But His smile quickly drives it away;
Not a doubt or a fear, not a sigh or a tear, Can abide while we trust and obey.

Not a burden we bear, not a sorrow we share, But our toil He doth richly repay;
Not a grief or a loss, not a frown or a cross, But is blessed if we trust and obey.

But we never can prove the delights of His love Until all on the altar we lay;
For the favor He shows, for the joy He bestows, Are for them who will trust and obey.

Then in fellowship sweet we will sit at His feet. Or we’ll walk by His side in the way.
What He says we will do, where He sends we will go; Never fear, only trust and obey.

Trust and obey, for there’s no other way to be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.

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