Trust In The Lord

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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. Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD, and turn away from evil.
Proverbs 3:5-7

Are you happy with the way your life is now? Often we wonder about how our lives could be different. If we had done this or made a different decision, would our lives be different? Would it be better? Why did we make the decisions we made? Many of us constantly ask, “What if?” But truthfully, that is not the question we should be asking. Instead we should ask ourselves, “What is God’s plan for us?” We should ask, “Am I following the path of God?”

Proverbs 3:5 says, “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.” So we must trust in God that He knows what is best for us. When I pray, I always ask for God to forgive me of my sins, and that He will help me to stay on the narrow path to righteousness. In Matthew 7:13-14, Jesus tells us “Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.” Especially when I come to a fork in the road, a decision in life, I ask God to show me the correct path. And though some things in my life have not gone as I wanted them to, I trust that God has a plan for me and that I am on the right path. I trust in God to show me the correct path.

Therefore, I acknowledge that God has a plan for me and as long as I acknowledge him in the guidance of my life and in all ways, then he will lead me down the correct path. Everything in our lives happens for a reason. We must trust that God is that reason, and that He would not steer us in the wrong direction. We may think we have taken a wrong turn, but faith in God will show us the way. It doesn’t mean that I don’t get depressed about things in my life, because I do have blue periods in my life. Those periods are less frequent, especially when I look to God and remember my faith.

In a world where most of us get beat up to one degree or another, many people come out of these beatings with a problem in being able to trust anyone else – ever again! Sometimes it is verbal; sometimes it is physical; and sometimes it just seems like a string of bad luck. Many people, especially people in the LGBT community, have been so badly beaten and abused during the course of their lives, that they no longer have any ability to trust anyone – including God Himself! However, for Christians, no matter how badly you have been beaten up in your past, the one thing that you cannot have affected is your ability to trust in Jesus and our heavenly Father. His love will see us through all things.

As a result of the setbacks that some of God’s people have experienced over the years, some of these people have literally lost their ability to even trust in God Himself. It is one thing to have faith in God, to know that God exists, and that He is all-powerful and that there is nothing that He cannot do or accomplish – but it is quite another thing to be able to fully trust God with your life, and to fully trust Him to properly handle it for you, especially if people in your past or circumstances in your life have let you down in one way or another.

Therefore, trust in Him and in Him alone in all things. Trust Him to be faithful to you. Look to Him in all that you do and in all that you experience, even when it is difficult. Remember, faith is only as good as the person in whom you put it. Since we Christians serve God, our faith, our trust, will not be wasted.

About Joe

I began my life in the South and for five years lived as a closeted teacher, but am now making a new life for myself as an oral historian in New England. I think my life will work out the way it was always meant to be. That doesn't mean there won't be ups and downs; that's all part of life. It means I just have to be patient. I feel like October 7, 2015 is my new birthday. It's a beginning filled with great hope. It's a second chance to live my life…not anyone else's. My profile picture is "David and Me," 2001 painting by artist Steve Walker. It happens to be one of my favorite modern gay art pieces. View all posts by Joe

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