by Bethany Lashbrook
This Week’s Verse: Proverbs 3:5, “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.”(NIV)
Lately, I’ve had to trust a lot. I trust that Gabrielle will do just fine in kindergarten. I trust Savannah when she tells me she only grabbed one piece of candy from our candy jar. I trust Clint when he tells me six hours of sleep is enough per night for him. I trust that I can have the strength to sometimes refuse dessert, even when it looks yummy!
But lately, I have really had to put my TRUST in the LORD. I am at a major crossroads in my life and I have complete trust that the Lord will put me on the right path.
I have complete trust that no matter how bad I want to mess with things, that the Lord will quietly (or maybe loudly) tell me to quit meddling in His business. I have 100% trust in letting him make the right decisions for my children when long, hot summer days have us exhausted and in each other’s hair at the end of the day. I have given the Lord all my trust to continue to bless my marriage that I am in; to help Clint and me become more fruitful in our endeavors each and every day.
While studying the book of Job this last month at FCC, I have often wondered how much trust Job put into the Lord after all of his hardships. We see him lose his family, his livestock, his servants, and then is afflicted with painful sores. We see Job deal with his feelings in the next several chapters following these life-changing moments. He really starts to feel sorry for himself, wondering why he had to go through all of these mishaps.
Even so, he seems to return to understanding that trust in anything but the Lord is useless. He says “Let him not deceive himself by trusting what is worthless, for he will get nothing in return”(15:31, NIV).
It is not very often in our lives that we are REALLY tested like Job was. I have to wonder how trustworthy I would be if something serious were to happen. The events thus far in my life seem “manageable”. But other events, they could be detrimental to my life. I hope that the Lord will be proud of me just as He was with Job. I hope to stand tall, proclaim that the Lord is in control, and be the best Christian that I know how to be.
Dear Lord, thank you for the book of Job. Thank you for choosing these men and women of the bible to remind us that we are not alone. Thank you for knowing just what we need to hear, need to read, and need to focus on in your Word so that we can apply it to our lives. And thank you, most of all, for sending your Son to die on the cross. Continue to help us grow in You. In Your Son’s Name I pray, Amen.
Have you read the book of Job? It can be a tough book, but a chapter or two at a time helps make it easier. Job really is on an emotional roller coaster. He loses his family, his friends turn on him, and he feels rejected and left alone. Yet, he continues on. I don’t know about you, but as a woman in today’s world…I get to feeling like this. Job really is an inspiration to turn to. He survives – and so can we!
Psalm 9:10, “Those who know your name trust in you, for you, O Lord, do not abandon those who search for you.”(NLT)
Nahum 1:7, “The LORD is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; and He knows those who trust in Him.”(NKJV)
John 12:36, “Put your trust in the light while you have it, so that you may become sons of light.”(NIV)