Faith Baptist Church
4258 Botetourt Road
Fincastle, Virginia 24090
The greatest set back to finding peace of mind and to finding courage to face our fears comes from not trusting the Lord. Quite the opposite is true, however, for those who will trust the Lord. Isa.26:3 “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on thee, because he trusts in thee.” Ps.4:1-8 read…
When Adam and Eve were in the Garden of Eden they trusted God. They were at peace with God, but their trust in God was soon challenged by Satan just as our trust in God is challenged after we have found peace in Jesus Christ. Satan came in the form of a serpent and tested their trust in God. He sought to jeopardize their peace with God. Our trust in God is also tested in many forms. Tragedy, heartache, health, friends, family, finances, our sinful nature and Satan all try our trust in God.
Satan attacked the promises of the word of God from the beginning and he does so to this day. Satan convinced Eve that she could not trust God’s word even after God had been so good to her, Gen.3:1-6.
He tried to convince Job during his testing by afflictions that he could not trust God, yet Job said “Though he slay me, yet will I trust him.” We know from Job 42:10 that in the end God blessed Job twice as much as before his testing. God appealed to Adam and Eve and to Job to be dependant upon Him, but Satan appealed to their want to be independent of God. Satan tempted our Lord in Matt.4:1-11 to be independent of God.
God called them toward a heavenly trust, yet Satan and sin called them to an earthly trust.
The word trust is used at least 134 times in the Bible and in every instance we are pulled either earthward, or heavenward, either man ward or God ward. Trust is your choice and mine.
The word trust is akin to the words, faith [used 252 times] and believe [used 128 times].
Ps.2:12 “Blessed are all they who put their trust [hasa - who take refuge] in him.”
Trusting in the Lord is not only the place where we find peace of mind; it is also the way of obedience. Satan and our sin nature care not if we have peace of mind so long as we have our independence from God. But when we do not trust God, disobedience and sorrow follows. Disobedience is our way of acting out our independence from God and in this sin we all come short of the glory of God.
Ps.37:3a “Trust in the Lord, and do good;” A local coffee shop’s slogan is “Drink coffee, do good.” It’s a cool slogan and I do like their coffee, but I like the Ps.37:3 phrase better; trust in the Lord and do good.
Trust in this passage is evidenced by us doing good. God wants us to be an extension of his love to others. Showing unconditional love is the greatest way we can show others God’s Son has saved us, that he is changing us for the good.
Ps.37:5 “Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him, and he shall bring it to pass.”
What a wonderful commentary believers can have on their personal relationships with God if they trust in the Lord. When we commit to God and say "I am going to trust you no matter what because I believe you, no matter what comes in my life, and trust you because on the cross of Calvary you showed me that you love me and you are with me every step of the way."
My prayer for everyone reading this letter is that you have placed your trust, your faith and your belief in Jesus Christ as your Savior and that you are living for him each day.