Faithful and True – Proverbs 3:5

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart,
and do not lean on your own understanding.”

Proverbs 3:5

It can be so difficult to trust in the Lord when we don’t understand. This verse doesn’t even leave us the option of trusting Him “for the most part” yet still holding doubts. It says to trust Him with all of our heart. With everything that is in us, with all of our strength, we are to choose to trust Him, even in the seasons when we don’t understand why He is allowing certain details to play out, why He has written days of heartbreak and difficulty and weariness.

But we can’t see everything laid out in front of us. We don’t know where our road is leading, what will result from all of this. He does. He sees all of it, from beginning to end. He knows every outcome, every result, and He has carefully determined and chosen this path. A path that will ultimately bring joy and freedom and good to His children, and one that will bring Him great glory and honor.

As I sit here this morning, I want to dwell for a few moments on why we can trust Him. Why should we trust in the Lord with all our heart, particularly if so many others in our life have let us down and caused us pain?

Near the end of the book of Revelation, we read these words in a description of Jesus Christ: “Then I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse! The one sitting on it is called Faithful and True” (Revelation 19:11). At the end of the ages, our Savior is known by His faithfulness. If He had lost even one of those given to Him by His Father; if He had not led them as the Good Shepherd; not helped them by His power and grace; not constantly interceded for them; not sent His Spirit to dwell within them and give guidance, conviction, and steady assurance along their way; if any of His words had proved untrue and any of His redeemed people had been forsaken, forgotten, or ignored—He would not be called Faithful and True.

“He is clothed in a robe dipped in blood, and the name by which he is called is the Word of God” (Revelation 19:13). Let us not forget what our Savior has done for us. He died. He endured scorn and shame, betrayal and agony, taking on the full wrath of God which was due us for our sin and rebellion. It is His blood that heals us. It is His blood that cleanses us. It is His blood that reconciles us to the righteous and holy God, before whom no sin can stand. If Jesus, God our Savior, loved us this much, how can we not trust Him?

So today, as we face circumstances that are beyond our understanding, let us look to the One who does understand—the same One who took on every grief and sorrow to save us. God the Father chose you to be His. He gave you to His Son, and you are kept in the steady grasp of Him who is called Faithful and True.

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