Who do you trust?
In a world where there are lots of twists and turns, who do you turn to? Often our lives mimic a wild roller coaster ride and our state of mind is determined by our successes, failures, and emotions. Let me encourage you to shift your thought process a bit and ask yourself these questions:- What if life is not about me?- What if there is a greater, more purposeful way to live?- What if I were to put my trust in God instead of my feelings or abilities?Bertrand Russell puts it like this: “Unless you assume a God, the question of life’s purpose is meaningless.” God’s nature is to encourage us to trust him, and it’s inherent in his heart to reach out to his creation so that we might believe in him. I used to think trusting God was simply a matter of intellectual assent to his existence. It was important to just say the right words or utter the “correct” prayers and all would be well with the world! Fortunately, I’ve realized that trusting God is far beyond a quaint religious concept. Trust is an active, thoughtful, life-changing proposition. The Bible says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and don’t lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight,” (Proverbs 3:5-6).1. “Trust God” – All trust begins with a thought that commits, “I am not going to trust in myself, my circumstances or anyone’s opinion. I turn purposefully to the one who loves me and knows my future.”2. “Don’t lean on your own understanding” – We’re taught from Day 1 that “If it’s to be, it’s up to me!”Not true! Even the most intelligent among us has no idea what the next hour of our lives holds. Let go of your own understanding and look to the God who gave us his son so we could live forever!3. “In all your ways, acknowledge him” – We must realize that God is God and we are not. Intelligent people humble themselves before God, the one who took time to visit us on planet Earth in the form of Jesus Christ. God’s desire is to dialogue with us, to build relationships with us, to love us in such an outrageous way. Did you know: “God deems you so important that he cannot imagine eternity without you!”4. “He will make your paths straight” – The Beatles song “The Long & Winding Road” states that if we are left up to our own ways, we are forced to travel a long, hard, winding journey. Imagine if we could just humble ourselves and acknowledge the one true God, life would change drastically for the better. Our paths would be straight and lead us to a truly significant life!When we embrace truth and grasp hold of God’s grace, trusting God means:- I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.- His joy and peace will rule my soul regardless of my “roller coaster” emotions.- I can know and live the secret of being content in all circumstances.So today, trust God with whatever life deals you and watch him make it all good:”All things work together for the good of those who love the Lord, who are called according to his purpose,” (Romans 8:28).When you trust God like this, you know you’re loved – and then you will be truly free!Gary Wingo is pastor of Seekers Fellowship, a gathering of people meeting at Colorado Mountain College in Edwards. A Super Bowl Party will start at 4 p.m. this Sunday; call for directions.Vail, Colorado