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COLUMN: Trust in God - always

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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 your paths straight." (Proverbs 3:5-6)

What an astounding statement. It calls for faith and trust on our part. God enters into a covenant with man.

The favorite verse of scripture of Dwight L. Moody, famous preacher of yesteryear, was Isaiah 12:2: "I will trust and not be afraid."

He used to say there are two classes of seating on the train to Heaven for the Christian: you go first class or you go second class. Second class is to ride along in life and say, "When I am afraid, I will trust in God." But first class rides along and says, "I will trust in God. I do that first; therefore, I shall not be afraid." Are we traveling first or second class in life today?

Many Christians are saved but they have not committed their daily lives to him, and as a result, they are filled with anxiety and fear, afraid of tomorrow, wondering what is going to happen to them.

Trust is a great Bible word. It is not just believing. James 2:19 says that even the devil believes and trembles. Many believe in their head but do not trust in their hearts.

"Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding." Does that mean we are not to use our understanding, our mind - this God-given ability to plan, reason and analyze?

It does not say that. We are to use all the understanding, wisdom and guidance we can secure from every source. But when all that is done, we ultimately must lean upon the Lord. Traveling the road of life alone is terrifying. But if we trust in God and lean upon him, we can make it.

"In all thy ways acknowledge Him." In all thy ways, in every way, fix upon him and acknowledge God. If we do this, then he will direct our paths. He will show us the way. He will lead you, day by day, step by step, every day.

There are two days in every week about which we should not worry: yesterday and tomorrow. Yesterday - with its sins, mistakes, failures - is gone and we cannot call it back. Tomorrow has great promises, but is yet unborn. That leaves only today, and every one of us, with the help of God, can get through today.

If we will trust in the Lord with all our hearts and acknowledge him, He will direct our paths.