In God Do We Trust?

Michael Beck

“Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. Trust ye in the LORD for ever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength” (Isaiah 26:3,4)

Life is one continual challenge. Jesus said that each day has enough trouble in it to keep us all very busy. Why does God allow our days to be filled with so many demands and intrusions that press upon our minds and tax our strength? Does He want us to draw from some deep inner well of wisdom and strength that we naturally possess? Or does He want us to learn to look away from ourselves and trust in Him?

Paul exhorted the saints to be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. (Eph. 6:10) There are always greater levels of trust that God calls His people to. For as much as Paul was walking with God, the Lord brought him into new circumstances where he was “pressed out of measure, above strength, insomuch that (he) despaired even of life.” Why? So “that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God which raiseth the dead” (2 Cor. 1:8,9)

Trust is dependency. We are either relying on ourselves or on something else. Some trust in horses and chariots; some trust in uncertain riches; others trust in their own understanding or the “arm of flesh.” But God would have us trust in nothing and no one but Him.

Trusting in God is not a one time act. We are to trust in Him “at all times.” (Ps. 62:8) Again and again God would bring us to an end of ourselves. He would let others and our own strength and wisdom fail us. Trust in God is born out of brokenness. When we can’t, God can. Weakness is not a bad thing when it is the means for the power of Christ to rest upon us.

Learn how to glory in your infirmities. Don’t be frightened or overwhelmed by the inadequacy you feel in facing the challenges before you. You can do all things only through Christ who strengthens you. Trust in the Lord for what the troubles of today demand. Let Him be your everlasting strength. He will keep you in perfect peace despite the swirling chaos that suddenly descends upon you. He will find a way to uphold you and keep you from doing evil, no matter how evil the day may be.

Michael Beck is a pastor in the Dallas, TX area and the main author on Signpost. Receive a daily devotional he publishes every morning via email.