March 12: Wisdom= Trust!

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him,
 and he will make your paths straight.  Proverbs 3:5-6

I once heard a conversation about the difference between belief and trust.  A man was going to walk a tight rope across Niagra Falls.  Before he went across he asked the crowd, “Do you believe that I can walk across this rope and make it safely to the other side?”  The crowd roared with affirming appreciation!  You can do it!  He next pulled out a wheelbarrow, and asked “Who trusts me enough to go along for the ride?”  A silent crowd learned the difference between belief and trust.

Both are necessary aspects of faith.  Believing is important, but the active agent of belief is trust.  I can believe from my couch, but to really trust God I’ve got to be moving.  I might believe it’s important to serve the poor, but trusting God gets me out there really doing it.  I can believe that God says He’ll give me the right words to speak, but I really find out how to trust when I’m face to face with a person in need.  I might believe that God will provide for my needs, but I really need to trust Him to tithe and give generously.

Take a look at your faith life.  Are you believing from a distance, but not really trusting God?  Begin to change that one small step at a time.  The more you put your trust in Him with the small pieces of life, the more easily you’ll be able to trust when your entire life is on the line.

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