Saturday, February 5, 2011

The Meaning of Trust

Proverbs 3:5 says: Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. (KJV) The Hebrew word for "trust" is batach. It is composed of three letters: Bet, Tet, and Chet. The word picture for Bet is inside, or house. The word picture for Tet is to surround. The word picture for Chet is a fence. Together, trust has the word picture of "inside the surrounding fence." When we trust in God, we are to stay inside His Word. His Word becomes our reality, our provision, and our protection. His Word serves to keep us fenced into His promises when we obey it.

The world attempts to limit you to its fence. It tells you that the economy is so bad that you will not make it. It tells you that it sounds like you are taking the flu. Have you ever listened to what people say when they talk about illness. They say, "He has a cold. He has cancer." They describe the person as having ownership of the sickness. You do not have to own sickness as God has given you good health and healing. The fence that God provides through His Word for finances in difficult times is found in Jeremiah 17:7-8: Blessed is the man that trusteth (batach) in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is. For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit. (KJV) The fence that God provides for healing is found in Exodus 15:26: And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the LORD thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the LORD that healeth thee. (KJV)

The truth is that you are going to be fenced in by some power. You are not free from influences no matter how independent you think you are. You have a choice: to be fenced in by God and His Word or to be fenced in by the world and its beliefs. Unbelief in God is just trust in the world's system of thinking. Trusting in God is allowing your self to be fenced in to the Word. Choose wisely.

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