Daily Devotionals

Trust in Whom?

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Scripture: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him and he will make your paths straight.” – Proverbs 3:5-6

In whom or what do you place your trust on a daily or hourly basis? Currently, as I write this, I am trusting the chair to hold me. The computer to continue to work. The internet to save this document, and my body to continue to function!

Yet the Bible tells us, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart; submit to him.” These are words we have heard over and over in our life with Jesus. They are familiar, and sometimes these words go in one ear and out the other. Yet, even as this verse may be one of the most familiar, it really can be very hard to live out.

“Trust” as a verb means to rely on truthfulness or accuracy, to place confidence in, or to hope or expect confidence, according to Webster’s Dictionary. As I looked up today’s Bible verse, the words “submit to him” is written in other translations as “seek his will in all you do,” ”acknowledge him,” and The Message says, “Listen for God’s voice in everything you do.”

As I have reflected on the words and meaning of this verse, I realize that “trust in the Lord” and “submit to him” are really quite repetitive. This means that I need the reminder! There are a lot of people in whom we place our trust as we walk on this earth.  It is part of living on this earth. Yet, this verse reminds us that we are ultimately to place our trust, hope, and faith in the Lord.

This familiar yet challenging verse has reminded me that I have a Father and Savior in Jesus, who is constant and faithful. He will not let me down, even when I fail!  He will always be present, drawing me closer to him. He is where I want to always find my hope and faith! Thy will be done, Lord!

Prayer: Heavenly Father, you are exactly who we want to put our trust in. You have never failed or forsaken your people. You are constant and steadfast in your love for us.  You are gracious and full of forgiveness. Help me to see where I do not trust you. Forgive me for not trusting you and submitting to your plan and will. Thank you for your mercy and grace. Help me to submit to you and not my own understanding. Amen. 

Submitted by Marya Marsh