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Day 24: In God We Trust

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“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, NIV)."

Billy Graham tells the story of a time early in his ministry when he came to a small town to preach. He needed to mail a letter but didn’t know how to get to the post office. Seeing a small boy, he asked for directions. When the boy told him, Billy Graham thanked him and said, "If you will come to church tonight, I will tell you how you can get to Heaven." The little boy paused for a moment, then said. “No, thank you, I don’t think I’ll come. You don’t even know how to get to the post office.”

In whom do you put your trust?

Most everyone has a kind of network for support. People get help from family members, friends, pastors, counselors, financial advisors, or neighbors. You trust these persons to point you in the right direction. 

You may also place some measure of trust in your financial situation, education, career success, or life experience. 

It’s not wrong to pursue these things and to seek the help of others. The problem comes in when you begin to lean on these things in a way that diverts your trust in God. 

When God began to expand the work under George Müller’s orphanages, Müller remained committed to trusting in God for everything and not putting his ultimate trust in other human beings. For the first seventeen years, the largest donation Müller had received was one hundred pounds. He never asked people for money. Prayer and faith in the Living God was his only strategy.

Around the year 1850, Müller recounts that “the Lord was pleased greatly to increase my faith by a donation of five hundred pounds for the orphans.” It was a huge blessing. In giving the gift, the donor suggested that Müller invest the sum and use only the interest of it. His reasoning was that there was no way that the orphan institutions could be continually supported into the future without having some fund, property, or other resources stored up.

At that time, Müller only operated two orphanages. Because the donor was only making a suggestion, Müller took the money and applied it to a third house to be able to receive thirty more orphans. 

“From that time the work has been increasing more and more,” Müller reported. “Now suppose I had said, seventeen years ago, looking at matters according to natural reason, ‘the two charity schools are enough; I must not go any further,’ then the work would have stopped there. Or, if I had a little more trust in my exertions or my friends, I might have taken at the utmost one or two steps further. Instead of this, however, I looked in no degree whatever at things according to my natural fallen reasons, and I trusted not in the circle of my Christian friends, but in the Living God; and the result has been that there have been since 1834 ten thousand souls under our instruction in the various day schools, Sunday schools, and adult schools; seven hundred orphans have been brought up…several hundred thousand tracts and many thousand copies of the Word of God have been circulated…and a house has been built and fitted up for the accommodation of three hundred destitute orphans, each of whom has neither father or mother.” 

He concludes, “How blessed therefore it is to trust in God, and in Him alone, and not in circumstances or friends!”

Müller’s life is a picture. This is what real trust looks like. It doesn’t mean Müller’s choices would be the same as yours, but you can’t deny that he really put his faith in God for everyday needs and future expansion of ministry. 

How about you? In whom do you trust? In what do you trust?

I have leaned for far too long on my own understanding and natural gifts. I have trusted people when I should have trusted God. In some ways, I wasn’t even aware that I was trusting too much in others and things. My anxiety, however, reveals a heart that leans too much on temporary and imperfect things rather than trusting in the eternal, absolute character of God. 

I want to live differently. I’ve asked God to reveal ways that I am trusting too much in the flesh rather than on God. I’ve made a list. Maybe one day I’ll share that list with you. 

Until then, remember the words of Proverbs.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Ask God to give you a deeper and abiding trust in Him. Ask God to reveal ways that you are trusting in other things and people. God desires that you would trust Him with all of your heart — your emotions, your will, your passions.

Lean not on your own understanding. You are finite, while God is infinite. What keeps you from seeking the counsel of God and trusting when times are uncertain? Seek daily the understanding of scripture. Seek daily the wisdom of the Holy Spirit.

In all your ways, acknowledge Him. Make sure you thank Him for everything you have. Thank God for grace. You didn’t deserve any of it, but God has given it nonetheless. Be conscious of the presence of God when you go through the valley. Just speak to Him. Acknowledge Him. Ask Him for help.

God will make your path straight. What a promise. Not easy. Not short. Straight. The right path for your life. Those who trust in God will be shown the right path.

On our money, we can always see the words “In God We Trust.”

Do you?

Trust Him today. Tell him how you want to trust Him with everything.

Prayer Principle #24: God is more trustworthy than circumstances or friends.

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