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The Definition of Trust

Updated on July 3, 2010

As Christians, we make Christ the center of our lives. We turn to Him in times of sorrow and joy. We know how to pray, but do we know how to trust Him?

In John 14:1, Jesus instructs the disciples, “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in Me.” Most have the concept of trust down pat. The literal meaning of trust, however, is reliance on the integrity, strength, ability, surety, etc., of a person or thing; confidence. Trusting in the Lord does not mean He should be kept on the periphery while we struggle with our problems. Instead of attempting to handle that demanding boss, pray to the Lord for His intercession. Concerned about your or a loved one’s health? As you gather needed information from various sources like doctors and medical journals, remember to gather guidance from the Source. Depressed? Turn your thoughts outward and meditate on the Lord (Note: As a one-time sufferer of clinical depression, I know this is easier said than done, but it can be done). When a loved one is going down the wrong path, your constant worrying will not turn his or her life around, but your earnest prayers can.

When we pray, we should pray with confidence, which is in the aforementioned definition of trust. Erase all doubt from your heart, for if you come before the Lord in doubt, you have no trust. You may believe in Him, but not have the reliance and confidence in His abilities to sustain you during life’s storms. No problem is too great or too small for the Lord. Do not be afraid or too proud to go before Him.

We are not left alone in this world. Review the definition of trust and apply it in your relationship with God. Trust Him!


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