Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding;
When we find ourselves in a place of despair with many problems, we sometimes forget that there is a loving God who is waiting for us to call on Him for help and to put our trust in Him regardless how big our problems might seem.
Faith requires action as the word trust reflects. Many people say that they believe in the Lord, but without trust, there is no true faith. God will respond only to real faith.
Tribulation is actually a good thing for believers in Jesus Christ because, without it, we can’t grow our faith and trust in the Lord. Tribulation forces your faith to go into action.
Jesus knows all things and is working out everything for our good [Romans 8:28] and for His glory, so stop trying to understand it and let us exercise the faith He has given us. The Word of God is like a lamp that lights up our path and shows us the direction to take in any given situation and it also builds up our faith in Him.
When we trust in the Lord it doesn’t matter what type of danger lurks near you. Even though everything around you is falling apart, trusting God keeps you together with an inner peace that’s beyond understanding. To build your trust in the Lord is to seek Him through prayer and His Word every single day.
Cast your burden on the Lord, and He will sustain you; He will never allow the righteous to be shaken.
The Hebrew word for burden is yehab (ye-hawb’) meaning a lot, the care, what is given (by Providence).
The Lord has given or assigned believers to certain trials and testings which when you are in the midst of them, give it back to the Lord in prayer who will uphold you through it (1 Peter 5:7“casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.”) This burden is given to all believers for our good to make us grow in the faith and to learn to rely solely on the Lord who will deliver us from our trials. Every believer has a condition in life (care, burden) for the purpose of drawing us nearer to Christ and to show us His faithfulness so whatever you are going through, give thanks to the Lord in advance knowing that He will deliver you and build up your faith so that you can help someone else whom He will send your way to encourage him/her with your testimony of God’s love and rescue. The strength that you need to find to endure is found only in Jesus Christ who will sustain you by holding you up with His righteous right hand and not let you fall (apostatize).
If I say, “My foot is slipping,” Your faithful love will support me, LORD.
Even if he trips, he will not fall headlong, for the LORD holds his hand.
Please read these verses below in its entirety to grasp how much Jesus loves you and the promise He made to those who seek first His kingdom and His righteousness. Whatever you are going through, know that Jesus has promised to take care of you.
26 Look at the birds of the sky: They don’t sow or reap or gather into barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Aren’t you worth more than they? 27 Can any of you add a single cubit to his height by worrying? 28 And why do you worry about clothes? Learn how the wildflowers of the field grow: they don’t labor or spin thread. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was adorned like one of these! 30 If that’s how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and thrown into the furnace tomorrow, won’t He do much more for you—you of little faith? 31 So don’t worry, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear?’ 32 For the idolaters eagerly seek all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be provided for you.
16 And behold, a man came up to him, saying, “Teacher, what good deed must I do to have eternal life?” 17 And he said to him, “Why do you ask me about what is good? There is only one who is good. If you would enter life, keep the commandments.”
The question that Jesus posed to the young man was a rhetorical one. Jesus knew the answer to His own question. He wanted the young man to realize that no one can keep the commandments as a way to make it to heaven but that the commandments pointed to his shortcomings to God’s standard.
18 He said to him, “Which ones?” And Jesus said, “You shall not murder, You shall not commit adultery, You shall not steal, You shall not bear false witness, 19 Honor your father and mother, and, You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
The last one wasn’t in the 10 commandments “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Jesus wasn’t just talking about the 10 commandments but all of God’s law. What’s interesting is that the “love your neighbor as yourself” is the hinge on the door which holds it up and without it, it will fall down. Read below
34 But when the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together. 35 And one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him. 36 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” 37 And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. 38 This is the great and first commandment. 39 And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. 40 On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”
You shall love your neighbor as yourself
Without loving people it will be impossible to love and obey the Lord Jesus Christ. Read below
1 John 4:20
If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen.
20 The young man said to him, “All these I have kept. What do I still lack?”
Jesus knew that he didn’t keep the whole law especially the ones that He mentioned because the rich young ruler rejected the hinge that would have kept his faith from falling down.
21 Jesus said to him, “If you would be perfect, go, sell what you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.” 22 When the young man heard this he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.
The phrase“If you would be perfect”does not mean to be without sin, error or fault but it means to be right in God’s eyes.
Now Jesus gets to the root of his problem.
Jesus said to him,
1. “sell what you possess and give to the poor” which means “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 2. “and come, follow me.” which means “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.”
If the young man really kept God’s commandments and according to Jesus, “tolove your neighbor and to love the Lord with all your being” is the hinge that holds the whole law which the rich young ruler affirmed to have kept. The young man would have helped the poor and followed Jesus but it proved that he wasn’t really obeying God’s Word because the two commands to love the Lord and his neighbor was not being kept. Jesus exposed his unwillingness to commit to the Lord by rejecting that which he claimed to follow.
If the young man had truly loved the LORD with all his heart and loved his neighbor as the Word of God commanded him, he would have believed in Jesus as his Savior and Messiah and would have accepted His invitation to follow Him.
The sad part was that the young man was never following God even though he thought he was. If anyone accepts God’s Word but is unwilling to live according to it, that person has deceived himself.
But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.