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.
Trust from the whole heart, or if you will, wholehearted trust. That’s where a life of faith sold out to God begins. This life of faith is not based on probabilities or chance (the desire to eliminate risk) but possibilities and promise (the desire to see God do amazing things). Trust is believing that through Jesus, God has DONE for me what I can’t DO for myself; and through the Holy Spirit, God does for me what I can’t do by myself.
Wholehearted trust does not have all the answers but knows the One who does. When I trust in the Lord, I no longer have to depend on my limited knowledge Trust from a whole heart is the confidence that God knows best in all situations. He will always lead me in the right direction. He will always supply all I need to do what He wants me to do. Trust does not mean I disengage my brain or throw reason out the window. But there are times when things just don’t make sense and I just can’t figure it out, and when the pathway is just not well marked. That’s when wholehearted trust must kick in.
Wholehearted trust gives me the courage to move forward when I am fearful; the strength to keep going when I am worn out and feel like quiting; and the boldness to follow God’s “Charge!” when my heart is crying, “Retreat!” When I recognize God as the leader in everything, He will remove the obstacles so I can follow the straight paths that lead to His intended destination. And when I arrive, there is a true sense of satisfaction knowing that I have followed God’s path and not my own. Wholehearted trust is not easy, but it is right. It honors God and it always produces the best for me.
Father, turn my halfhearted attempts at obedience into a trust from the whole heart. Turn my wavering into unshakeable faith. Show me the futility of trusting in myself. Show me the spiritual success of trusting in You alone.