“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, do not rely on your own understanding. Acknowledge the Lord in all your ways and He will direct your paths.” Prov 3:5&6
I want to help our readers in an area that is probably coming to the forefront of many people’s minds as we navigate life in a post-Covid world and that is, to Trust in the Lord with all our heart, not with our head.
Uncertainty is a certainty in this new global landscape, and while we should still make plans, there is a growing realisation that even our plans need to be fluid.
The constant thought for personal financial stability propagated by media reports of the nations’ economies only increases peoples worry. We received the great news from our Cook Island government of further support till the end of the year.
However, the ever-pending deadline of that support, versus the ever-moving goalpost of our borders opening, have many stirring quietly in their concern.
However, this Church Talk is not about Covid-19 or its global impact. Rather it is about Christ and our hearts ability to trust in Him, especially when things don’t make sense to us. So, I come back to Solomon’s words, “Trust in the Lord with all of your heart, do not rely on your understanding”.
There is a point in this scripture that reveals this truth; the heart has a far greater capacity for God, than our head. For to trust in the Lord with all our hearts, indicates that our heart is able to receive from God what our head cannot. This scripture is not advocating an anti-intellectual gospel, for the phrase “do not rely” in verse five carries the idea of; “not leaning on for support” or “depending on something to hold you”. There is a translation of the Bible that puts it this way – “Trust God, from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own.”
While we could find comfort from this scripture to trust God in these uncertain times, I see something much deeper. There will always remain a mystery with God. There are so many aspects about Him that we will never comprehend and in fact all we do know of God is known only because He revealed it to us – that is not to say that all we know is all there is to know of God.
For no matter how long many of us have been walking with God, be it five minutes or five decades, there is always an element of the unknown in God that requires trust in this journey, trust in the adventure, trust when the world is out of our control. And yet, it is this very component of trust that keeps our relationship with God deeply personal, as He reveals Himself when we trust Him with all our heart.
An inexperienced old man trusted Him to build a boat, in a landlocked area. He endured the ridicule of his generation, yet only Noah and his family rose above the unprecedented global storm. Another old man trusted Him to leave his land and go on a journey to somewhere he had never been before. He didn’t even know where he was going, yet God promised to show him when he got there. Abraham trusted God and is forever known as God’s friend.
A stuttering, slow thinking, old man trusted God as he confronted the monarchy of the time to free His people so that they would worship God. He also trusted God as he led an entire nation through the wilderness for 40 years, and the scriptures call Moses, the humblest person on earth, and the greatest prophet who ever lived.
Three young friends trusted God to save them, yet they also declared, “even if God does not save us, we will not bow down to your golden statue” when they were thrown into the fire. God was there with them, none of them died, neither did they smell of smoke, and on that day Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego were exalted publicly.
A young teenage boy, who had serious family issues and was often kept out of public view, trusted God in the responsibilities of his family’s sheep. It was this faithfulness in his private life, that prepared him for his public life when God brought him out to kill a giant of a man, and David is called, “a man after God’s own Heart”
A young teenage virgin girl received a strange greeting from a man in her house, informing her that she was pregnant, even though she had never slept with a man. Yet she believed God could do what He said He would, and Mary named this child Jesus.
When Jesus performed his first miracle at a wedding banquet, the servants trusted Him and witnessed firsthand water turning to wine. His disciples trusted Him to feed a crowd of 5000 men (not including the women and children present) with five loves and two fish. After everyone had eaten, they collected 12 baskets full of leftovers!
Our history is full of men and women of God, who trusted Him in the direst of circumstances, who remained faithful to Him regardless of the outcome, and who grew in their passion and service for God. As I write about these heroes of faith, I see that this element of mystery, in their relationship with God, kept them in a place of constantly trusting Him.
I wonder what historians will say of us 100 years from now? I wonder what impressions we will leave our grandchildren in how we lived during this? I wonder what they will say of this generation who lived through the global pandemic and economic challenges. I wonder if we will find God in the mystery of trusting Him with all our heart, not our head. I wonder.
It would be neglectful of me, not to mention verse 6; “in all your ways acknowledge Him.” As I speak to this verse, let me say this – perhaps the element of the mystery, is purposely put there by God, to provoke trust in our heart, so that when we think we are growing in our knowledge and trust of Him, acknowledging Him through trying circumstances, what is actually happening, is that He, by our permission, and in our vulnerability, is allowed access to our heart where the Omniscient One, comes to know us.
“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only those who do the will of my Father … for I will tell them plainly, ‘Get away from me, I never knew you!” Matthew 7:21-23