“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and depart from evil. It will be health to your flesh and strength to your bones.” Proverbs 3:5-8
I had memorized this well-known passage in proverbs 3:5-8 many years ago and still repeat it often in many different circumstances. I would like to be able to say that it always calms my nerves or worries, but I can’t truthfully say that. I usually have to spend some time with Yeshua remembering all the promises He gave us, that we are not to fear or be anxious for anything. This tells me then that trust is not just about knowing the Scriptures that tell us God is faithful to watch over and take care of us in all situations. It is far more about personally knowing the Living Word [Yeshua] who inspired the written Word, than it is about just knowing the written Word.
As believers, we often talk about having faith, more faith, or enough faith to endure whatever trial we are experiencing. Unfortunately though, faith has become an overused and even watered down concept in our modern society. Nowadays, we can have faith in Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny or the Tooth Fairy. So what do we really mean when we say that we need to have strong faith in God? Yeshua told his disciples that they could have cast the demon out of the young boy if they even had the faith of a grain of a mustard seed (Matt 17:20). It is clear from this story that what they needed was not more faith, but rather a solid foundation of trust to back up the faith they had.
As human beings, we understand what it means to trust someone at a much deeper level than just having faith in someone. Think about yourself for a moment and how you feel about trusting your neighbor. You may trust your neighbor enough to lend them your lawnmower, but do you trust them to watch out for your house when you go on a trip? Would you trust them enough to give them a key so they can take of your plants when you are away? Would you trust them to take care of your children for a weekend?
I would like to illustrate this point through a true story about a man named Charles Blondin, who was the greatest tightrope walker of his time, in the mid 1800’s. He gained great fame in 1859 when he became the first person to cross Niagara Falls on a tightrope. Charles and his friend and manager, Harry Colcord, strung a 2” diameter hemp rope from an oak tree on the American side to a large rock on the Canadian side, and used a series of guy ropes every 20’ (anchored to the shore) to keep the rope as steady as possible. The greatest risk was the 50’ section in the center of the 1300’ span that could not be reached by anchor ropes. The incredible thing was that Charles was able to navigate his way across the Falls without any mishaps. He traversed the Falls a number of times over the next few weeks, carrying props such as a camera and a griddle on which he cooked an omelet, pushing a wheelbarrow, and even doing a backflip on a couple of occasions.
The most daring feat of all, though, was when he carried his manager Harry on his back during one of his crossings. This is where the rubber meets the road – although the many fans in attendance had faith that Charles was able to cross the Falls (and even bet their money on him), it was only Harry who was able to trust Charles with his life. A number of guy wires snapped during their crossing, but Charles never wavered. Harry later told reporters that Charles had coached him to: “look up…you are no longer Harry, you are Charles. Until I clear this place, you are to be a part of me, mind, body and soul. If I sway, sway with me. Do not attempt to do any balancing on your own”.
Here is the essence of trusting God; not just having faith in Him. The spectators watching Charles had faith in him and believed that he was capable of traversing the Falls. Only Harry, though, trusted him enough to climb on his back and ride across Niagara Falls with him walking on a 2” thick rope. Is this the kind of trust you have in YHVH – do you trust Him to protect you and care for you and supply all your needs? Do you trust Him with your whole life – body, soul and spirit – or do you trust more in your own abilities, your financial resources, or your trusted friends? In Psalm 3:6, God promised to direct our paths (keep us going in the right direction) if we would trust and acknowledge Him in every part of our lives. Are you ready to trust YHVH with your whole heart? He is trustworthy beyond any other person or force in heaven or on Earth. Go ahead and start trusting Him today – it will be the best decision you ever made!