It’s a five letter word that we wish for, trust.
To trust in someone or something isn’t as easy as it sounds. It takes courage and vulnerability to close your eyes, lean back, and trust that someone will be there to catch you.
As a teenager, I would constantly place my trust in people, success, and validation from those around me. Placing my trust in these things was a form of idolatry because I was placing creatures (people) above the Creator (the Lord).
I was afraid of being rejected by others, deathly afraid of what they might think of me. I worshipped an image of “the perfect body type” because I was afraid that people wouldn’t love me otherwise.
However, once I decided to find out the Truth about who I am and why I’m here, suddenly my desire to seek man’s approval began to grow strangely dim. I came to the conclusion that I’m a sinner in need of a Saviour, and the only thing that matters is where I spend my life in eternity. Therefore, I needed to place my trust in Someone much bigger than myself, and man.
In Romans Chapter One, we read a scripture passage that explains how we have turned away from God and gave ourselves up to the father of all lies, the enemy, who seeks to devour each of us.
Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonor their own bodies between themselves: Who changed the truth of God into a lie and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.
Then it continues to say:
For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was meet. And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.
Listen to this verse and to what it says; “Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same but have pleasure in them that do them.” How heart-breaking is this? Not only have we chosen to disobey the Lord, but we have taken some kind of joy and pride in our sins.
In this verse, we are reminded of how we are all sinners. Throughout the Bible, however, we are constantly reminded that sin leads to death. So what can we do? Is there any sort of way to escape the death penalty of our sinful actions?
The Truth is, there is only One way-it’s a narrow way, but it’s the Good way. It’s the way that leads to life everlasting, a way that leads to peace and abundant life here on this earth and in Heaven. It’s a way that turns our death sentence into a life sentence, because of the righteous blood of Jesus Christ that was shed for you, and for me.
The only way we can receive our life sentence is if we chose to place our trust in Jesus to forgive us of our sins and make us clean again. We need to come to a place of honest humility if we want to experience the fullness of God’s grace and love. His one desire for us is to accept Jesus as our Lord and Saviour.
Trusting in the Lord is an act of obedience, faith, and courage wrapped into one. It is our way of saying “Lord, I can’t do this on my own, I need you to come into my heart and make me a new creature.” It’s a way of crying out to Him in our weakest moments and giving Him the power to change us into who we are meant to be.
Had I not placed my trust in the Lord a few years ago, I’d still be sinking in a sea of meaninglessness with no hope for my future. I’d still be living in the sins that held me back from being who I was meant to be, a Child of the most High God. I’d still be making poor decisions because I wouldn’t have an Authoritative figure governing my every thought, motive, action or move. Yes, I would still be stuck in my sins if I chose to trust my own instincts.
I am so blessed to have placed my trust in Jesus Christ. It’s a privilege to be able to serve Him with fear and trembling, because it gives me a reason to smile and say “Yes, Lord! Thank you, Lord!”
My question for you is this: Will you trust Him to forgive you of your sins? To make you into a new creature?