We learn to trust very early—even before we can speak. A warm bottle was given to us before we had any idea what it was. Arms cradled and rocked us to sleep many years before our understanding of comfort. We were nurtured and encouraged before we realized that we have purpose and importance. For most of us, someone cared deeply, and a bond of trust was formed without so much as a word from us.
Over a lifetime, our circle of trust grows to include many others besides our parents, and as trust develops, loyalty and commitment do as well. In much the same way a parent assumes the responsibility of loving and caring for a baby when there is a little-to-no reciprocal response, our Heavenly Father loved us long before He formed us in our mother’s womb. We will never know how faithfully He protected us from the evil one until we talk to Him in Heaven. We didn’t know to trust Him before the reality of salvation through Jesus woke us to a living Savior. Our Father had been loving, watching, and caring for us all along.
Certainly, Someone cared deeply, and we can trust that Someone forever—in times of fear, anxiety, sickness, death, or need. 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 Message translation says this: Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don't try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for God's voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; He's the one who will keep you on track.
Have you ever found the bottom of your heart? Where IS that? The phrase means that every part of your heart, which holds your capacity to love and trust, is given to someone. We can give every part of our trust capacity to Someone completely trustworthy. And we’ll be blessed for it! Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose trust is in the Lord (Jeremiah 17:7). Trust Him from the bottom of your heart.
© 2023, Chris Werre