|Posted by Lorraine Serra on May 21, 2010 at 8:18 AM|
Who do you trust?
A straightforward question. An ordinary, even trite question. Nonetheless, one that challenges us for a thoughtful, sincere reply. Because trust is a big word. Who can you trust with your very life, your deepest needs?
We hear it all the time in very common usage : Trust your instincts, trust your mother, trust the government (?), trust your pastor, trust your friends.
If you turn to the very dead center of the Bible, you will find Psalm 118:8 and here lies the key to our position before the Lord. "It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man". The Hebrew word for trust is "chasah". It means literally to "take refuge in" or "to be covered."
So to "trust in the Lord" is literally to make Him your refuge. Make Him your covering.
What a centerpiece for the Bible!
If you do a word search you would find this verb, chasah, occurs 36 times in the Old Testament. That may or may not seem like a huge number, but it sends a clear message to the hurting, yearning heart.
When the answers are unclear in your life, when the problems seem greater than the solutions, or the current season of your journey seems like an extra bitter, cold winter, there is One in whom you may find refuge.
Jesus is more than enough to cover our pain, frustrations, questions, and struggles.
His presence brings strength, peace, forgiveness and hope. His touch brings healing for body, mind, spirit and emotions.
So, in case you forgot in the face of your diagnosis, or your state of fear or depression, He is here. Reach out to Him, ask Him to cover your situation. For He hears the cry of the broken hearted. He comes with healing in His wings. Not as the world knows it, but in His way, for His glory, our benefit and ultimate formation into one of His precious kingdom-dwellers.
He's got you covered. Look no further. It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in the strength of human wisdom. Much love to you, in Christ the Lord.