Borderless Trust

borderless trustProverbs 3:5 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding”

  Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders….                                                   “Oceans” Hillsong United

No matter what season of life I travel through or how circumstances change (for better or worse), the call to trust God remains a constant cry. I’ve trusted the Lord for a husband, for the well-being of my children, for sicknesses to be healed, for friends and family members to be saved, for fruitful work. You name it. I’ve trusted for it. And God has always proven to be faithful. Not that he’s worked all things together according to my desires, but for something far greater. He has worked all things together for my good.

One would think after all these years my trust would be well expanded to that place without borders. But there’s always something new…

Nothing blocks my trust in God more than me. Rather than trusting him with all my heart, I still tend to lean on my own understanding. In other words, I prefer to trust myself: a flawed, mistake-ridden human being rather than the invisible sovereign creator of the universe who loves me more than I can imagine. Doesn’t make a lot of sense, does it?

Borderless trust is trust that depends on a borderless God. It’s like the woman described in the Song of Solomon who comes up from the desert “leaning on her lover” (Song of Solomon 8:5). The vast wasteland of trial in the wilderness must have stripped her of all illusions of self-sufficiency. As she reached the limits of her own ability to figure things out, she found something—someone—stronger and more reliable to trust.

The lover of our souls desires that we learn to lean on him as well. He wants to lead us through those sandstorms that blindside us. He longs to quench our thirst of needing to know why by giving us the assurance that whatever the why, he is enough.

If we hope to develop borderless trust, the lyrics of another less contemporary hymn come to mind. Take a minute to soak in its timeless truth…

What have I to dread, what have I to fear,
Leaning on the everlasting arms?
I have blessed peace with my Lord so near,
Leaning on the everlasting arms.
                                                                                                                                 “Everlasting Arms” Elisha A. Hoffman

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