A Staement of Trust

Years ago, Billy Joel did a song called, A Matter of Trust. Good song! Trust is easy – until it’s put to a test. When the circumstances are not what we have in mind, our trust becomes a precarious cliff that we walk the edge of until we either move to secure ground or dive headlong into the abyss.  But our trust is not simply the words we say, it is more than that. Our trust is a statement to everyone around us. It speaks not only to where we are in our living, but it also speaks about the one in whom we trust. If I say that I trust my daughter, but then I constantly check up on everything she does, not only do I not trust her, but I testify that my words cannot be trusted. (I am a believer in the “trust but verify” policy with teens. To verify is wise – to be stalker of your own child is disingenuous at best.) 

The Lord said to Moses and Aaron,“Because you did not trust in me enough to honor me as holy in the sight of the Israelites, you will not bring this community into the land I give them.” Numbers 20:12   They did not trust God “enough” to honor him as Holy. Their actions said something about God to the Israelites. It said, “We don’t honor God as Holy.” It said, “Don’t trust him that far.” This experience came at great cost. They were not allowed to fulfill their calling. 

I’ve found this to be true in my life recently. I told the Lord, “Do what you think best, I trust you.” I was ok with his decision. But the results were not what I expected and that angered me. I didn’t trust him enough. To trust the Lord is to trust beyond than the immediate situation and into the eventualities that will result. When we display displeasure with God’s decisions or the results of his decisions, we do not honor him as Holy.  I’ve repented of my distrust. I’m working to change my heart. I trust the Lord. I want to honor Him as Holy to everyone, especially my kids. The noble heart does not make another person look bad in order to own its own feelings.  telemicus out

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