Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.
“Trust me!” My final words to a mom as I as a teenager drove off with her precious 8th grader to color her hair. Becca had blonde hair; I was going to make it strawberry blonde…
Or so I thought…
Do you know that some hair types (like mine) need a lot of color and some (like my friend’s) don’t? Well, at the time of the above scenario, I didn’t think about that. So a whole bottle of red later, my friend emerged with Ronald McDonald hair. Oh yes, bright red hair. The color that should have washed out after 6-8 shampoos was still there months later.
Looking back, I’m thinking “Trust me” is not something I should have said, or the mom should have believed. Yet if we’re honest with ourselves, we’ve fallen victim to trusting man many times. If we were to count, how many times have we put our trust in the words of man? How many times have we placed our hopes and our dreams in the hands of the people in our lives? How many times have we acted or not acted based on what man has said? We hear “trust me” from man and we mistakenly follow.
But the words of man will always fall short. I repeat: the words of man will always fall short. Even the most well meaning person will fail to measure up.
Because man is mortal.
God, however, is not. He is omniscient, omnipotent, and omnipresent. He knows all, controls all, and sees all. Trusting the Lord is way better than trusting in man, for “Every word of God proves true” (Proverbs 30:5). Every word. Not just a few. Not just most of them. All of them. Every. Single. Word.
When God says, “Trust Me,” you can trust Him. Even if you don’t understand the when, where, why, or how of the situation, you can trust God does. He will direct your paths whether or not you understand them–if you trust Him.
So I encourage you today to trust in the Lord with all your heart. All of it. Not just some of it. Not just most of it. All of it. And if you’re having trouble trusting, then ask God to help you trust. He will. He promises to. “For all the promises of God find their Yes in him [Jesus]. That is why it is through him that we utter our Amen to God for his glory” (2 Corinthians 1:20)
Today, don’t place your hopes and dreams in things, people, or circumstances. For, things break, people fail, and circumstances change. But the Lord never fails. Never. So trust Him. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths” (Proverbs 3:5-6).