“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.” – Proverbs 3:5-6 NKJV
The word “trust” means to have “a firm belief in the reliability, truth or ability of someone or something.” This very word was displayed by a number of biblical characters. One of such is Abraham, also known as the father of faith.
As soon as we were introduced to him, it was safe for us to conclude that this man had total trust in God. He was a man who left everything he had always known to go to a foreign land just because God told him to. (Genesis 12:1)
Imagine leaving your family, job, church and moving to a foreign city without any sure prospects, such was the case of Abraham, yet he trusted in God and moved without any hesitation.
Apart from this example, we see him display trust in God in other areas – the promise of a child (Genesis 15:4), the promise of countless descendants (15:5-6), the matter of the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah (Genesis 18:16-32), the sacrifice of his son (Genesis 22), to mention a few.
Abraham’s obedience to God’s instruction about the sacrifice of Isaac is worth reiterating. His trust in God was so steadfast on the matter that “God will provide for Himself the lamb for a burnt offering” even though he had no evidence of such a provision.
Yet there was a matter upon which he seemed not to have trusted God’s timing. Acting on the advice of Sarai, his wife, he went in to his maidservant. To be fair to him, he had waited more than eighty years to have a child. (Genesis 16)
Indeed, his maidservant conceived and had a son but alas, the boy was not the promised child! His son by Sarah was the promised child (Genesis 21:1-3).
He could have just waited for God’s timing instead of heeding his wife’s advice concerning their maidservant.
The explanation thus far is to emphasize the fact that trusting God’s timing for His promises to us is the best way to go. Another example is Moses.
His zeal led him to murder an Egyptian. He was the deliverer of his people but his timing was wrong. Because of that act, he spent 40 years in obscurity before he was readied to do things God’s way. (Exodus 2)
Dear believer, God is able to do as He promised. Trust His timing. If you don’t, it might take you a longer time to see it come to pass. Trust His process. He can never fail.
Confession: I trust God’s leading. I trust God’s timing. I do not lean on my own understanding.