This is an outline of a message I delivered recently in Baseball Chapel services with the Texas Rangers and the Toronto Blue Jays.
TRUST . . . a definition – “assured reliance on the character, strength or truth in someone or something. Confident hope. Confidence, dependence, faith, reliance. Webster’s Dictionary
TRUSTING GOD IS . . .
BELIEVING WHEN I DON'T SEE IT
OBEYING WHEN I DON'T UNDERSTAND IT
GIVING WHEN I DON'T WANT TO LOSE IT
PERSEVERING WHEN I DON'T FEEL LIKE IT
THANKING GOD BEFORE I RECEIVE IT
THE MIDDLE VERSE IN THE BIBLE IS: “It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man.”
SOME KEY VERSES ON TRUSTING GOD:
“Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.” (Psalm 20:7)
“When I am afraid, I will trust in you.” (Psalm 56:3)
“Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The Lord, the Lord, is my strength and my song.” (Isaiah 12:2)
D. L. Moody’s favorite verse was Isaiah 12:2. He used to say, “You can travel to heaven either 1st class or 2nd class. It’s your choice.
1st class - “ I will trust and NOT be afraid.”
2nd class – “When I am afraid, I will trust you.”
Moody chose to ride FIRST CLASS.
A preacher, traveling through Africa, was forced to sleep outside under the trees, due to all the hotels being full. Wild animals prowled nearby. He thought of the words of Isaiah 12:2 and said to God, “there is no use in both of us being awake tonight” so he laid his head down, trusted God, and had a good night’s rest.
We can and should TRUST GOD for:
Daily Bread – our physical needs
Direction – what path should we take
Discernment - wisdom
Destiny – in this life and for eternity
WHAT OR WHO ARE YOU TRUSTING IN TODAY?
Family background, skills, gifts, talents, reputation, money?
OR, ARE YOU TRUSTING IN THE LIVING GOD? He alone is worthy of our trust! You can count on Him. He’ll never let you down. Can you honestly say, In God We Trust?