One of my favorite YouTube channels right now is Mediocre Amateur. They are a group of intense hikers/runners/skiers, and they tackle some amazing peaks in their episodes. It is stunning how narrow of a ridge these men will walk along and still call it a trail! A knife’s edge is sometimes all they have under them, but as long as the footing is sure, they will move forward confidently.
That is the definition of trust. Because my footing is sure, I can move forward confidently. Maybe another way of saying it, I am confident because of where I stand.
Proverbs 3:5-6 famously states, “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart.” I always thought this meant to lean on the Lord, to depend, maybe to believe His Word and rely on His methods. Of course those things are good to do and are taught elsewhere in Scripture, but they have nothing to do with this verse. I was shocked to learn this recently- instead of “letting go, and letting God,” trust in the Lord means to be confident in the Lord, to be secure in the Lord, and to be bold in the Lord.
Are you ”in the Lord”? If so, then you are standing on the Rock of Ages, and you can move forward with confidence and courage. You see, being “in the Lord” is a place of security, so much so, that from that place you can be courageous.
Courage is a result of trusting God. Trust puts us on a solid rock, and when we stand on this Rock, we can do anything.
When I am hiking, sometimes I have to cross a stream on some rocks. Inevitably I will gingerly step forward, slowly transferring my weight from one secure rock to the next. As I move forward, I test the new rock to see how secure it is before trying to land all of my weight on it. I have to know if I can trust the rock.
In the hardest of times in life, I have found myself doing this same thing with the Lord. I picture myself stepping or stamping on the rock under me to test its strength and soundness. Every time, without fail, my Rock has been secure—He always will be.
Psalm 18:2 The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.
Trust in the Lord, dear friend. Be secure in the Lord. Be confident in the Lord. Be bold in the Lord. Because He is your Rock, you can be courageous and do what He is calling you to do today.