I read a meme recently that said: “Whether it’s friendship or relationship all bonds are built on trust. Without it you have nothing.”
But in a day when no one seems trust-worthy—how do we do it?
Lincoln Chaffe said, “Trust is built with consistency.”
I believe it is also developed through discerning. Discerning who can be trusted, when, and why.
We trust individuals, corporations, friends, physicians all at different levels and for different reasons.
But we need first to learn to trust ourselves—our intuition, gut, intellect, resources. We need to learn to trust the process.
We need to learn to trust that the truth will rise to the surface, and that is often the process…and it often takes time to rise.
And we need to learn we can trust God. Several times in both the Old and New Testaments there is invitation to test and trust God. Work through his promises and see if he doesn’t come through.
Trust is like a muscle. You have the potential…you just need to exercise it.
Truth? I don’t always feel confident. I rarely function with “no uncertainty.”
But I have boatloads of “strong belief.” And never ending trust in the One who is able to do exceedingly, abundantly, above ALL I could ask or even imagine.
So today, I will live and move in the “full assurance” that not CAN HE, but He will!
That’s the confidence I carry into today. How about you?
One of my favorite lines in the Christmas story is attributed to Mary—not to what she said, but what she did: Mary remembered all these things and thought deeply about them (Luke 2:19).
Listening, watching, reflecting.
These things require that we are truly engaged with live as we move through it.
It seems, however, we default to “auto-pilot” with scary ease. It may get us from points A to B—but at what price?
Our ability to reflect impacts not only our ability to remember, but also to apply what we’ve learned.
These memories become treasures as they inform and form us.
Meditate on that!
For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength (Philippians 4:13, NLT).
This is exactly the word I needed for today. I need some of that “withstanding” power.
What great or pressure is coming down on you?
Whatever it is God is able to give you exactly what you need to face it, stand up under it, overcome it, and persevere.
Do you feel like you’ve reached your full capacity—can’t take any more?
Reach out to the capacity maker and capacity filler…he has all the strength you need.
Then David continued, “Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Don’t be afraid or discouraged, for the LORD God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you (1 Chronicles 28:20a NLT).”