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By Campus Pastor Tom Parker, Timber Hills
What does it mean to trust? We have many different definitions of this word, and we use it in many ways. We trust the chair we are about to sit in to hold us up, or we trust the word of a friend or family member to give us the truth in any situation. Yes, there are even times that our trust is tarnished and depleting.
Sometimes trust is very positive and sometimes trust is disappointing. In human terms, trust is a hard to thing to live by and a hard thing to accept as we face the many struggles of this life. Who do we trust? What do we trust? Because our lives are secure in the basic things we trust and believe in.
So, as we live, work, and struggle in this world, we often want to put our faith in something that will always be the best for us in any situation.
Let us consider today’s Scripture reading from Proverbs 3:5-6:
“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.”
This passage is not wishful, hoping, or trusting in the unknown. If we trust in the Lord with everything we have and everything that matters to us, we can know that He will be there for us. In other words, this type of trust is for us to get out of the way, to say Lord, it is in Your hands and not in my hands. We then realize that we need to say to God, thank you for your word of promise to never leave us and to guide us throughout this life.
Rev. Tom Parker has served PHS as a Campus Pastor at Timber Hills and Presbyterian Homes of Bloomington since 2013. He is a Baptist General Conference ordained minister and has served as a senior pastor in the church for several years and also worked for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. God has blessed him with three daughters, nine grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
The Light for the Way series provides staff with an examination of a biblical reading to deepen our focus on scripture. Thank you for engaging with this series as we seek wisdom through prayer and reflection as a Christian Ministry.
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