Assurance, confidence, dependence and expectation are words associated with trust. Human beings have a tendency to become co-dependent, relying on someone or something. In the Peanuts Cartoon, Charles Schultz developed a character, Linus, who couldn’t function without his security blanket. Meanwhile, some individuals can be insecure, clinging to family, friends or strangers when loneliness sets in. Depending upon the circumstance, whose hands you hold during times of trials reflect whom you ultimately trust.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding, Proverbs 3:5.
One day, a father took his son aside to discuss an important life lesson. This conversation is condensed in the passage above. Solomon who received wisdom from the Lord passed his insight down to one of his many sons. This command goes against mainstream beliefs, urging readers to hold God’s hand when you don’t understand why something is happening. Like faith in the dark, when life takes unexpected twists and turns, trust in the Lord with all your heart. This action suggests that you are all in, clinging to God’s hand.
Blessed is the man who makes the Lord his trust, who does not turn to the proud, to those who go astray after a lie! – Psalm 40:4
Solomon’s father, David, provides his own perspective of trust in the passage above. From a man who went from a lowly shepherd to king of Israel, David recognizes God’s role in his ascension to the throne. David views his status as a blessing from trusting the Lord as a child. Unfortunately, some people handle success poorly, boasting and taking all the credit themselves. If you want to guard against arrogance and pride, make sure that you are holding God’s hand, looking up instead of trusting in your own understanding.
by Jay Mankus